GUY KITCHENN is a Composer, General Manager, Associate Producer and Producer who was worked in London’s West End for the last 35 years under the auspices of his company Cole Kitchenn.
Born in the U.K. but brought up in Australia, Guy set his heart, at an early age, on composing for musical theatre. Along with his school friend and writing partner David Phillips he wrote the score for two children’s musicals, The Magic Cabinet and The Prince and the Wattle Maid, the former premiering at the Australian National Theatre in Melbourne. Spurred on by great reviews Guy returned to the U.K. to make a life in the theatre, armed with musical adaptions of the Thorne Smith novel “Nightlife of the Gods” and Gabriel Chevalier’s novel, “Clochemerle”.
In 1986 with Mary Stewart-David he composed the score for the spoof disaster movie musical “That Sinking Feeling” which was showcased at the Donmar Warehouse and eventually optioned by American producer Louis Busch Hager.
Guy was a founder member of the Mercury Workshop and in 1993 took part in the collaborative musical “The Challenge” performed at the Shaw Theatre, and later recorded.
At the same time, in 1993 Guy joined up with Shaun McKenna to write the musical “Give A Girl A Break” which had two workshops over two years , produced by the Mercury Workshop and Cole Kitchenn. The songs were later performed by several artists at the Edinburgh Festival.
In 1994 Guy and Shaun contributed the comedy song “I Never Knew” to the “Mercury Workshop Christmas Revue” at the Jermyn St Theatre. This number proved popular and was subsequently performed by various artists in the cabaret circuit over the following years. In 1998, the song “Sometimes”, written with David Phillips, was a finalist in the West End Cares Song Contest, sung by Clare Moore, and later recorded.
In 1990 Guy and David Cole formed the General Management & Production company Cole Kitchenn, followed some years later by the Artist & Creatives Agency, Cole Kitchenn Personal Management.
The Cole Kitchenn Company Produced, Associate Produced or General Managed over 65 productions in the West End. These includes four musicals which won the Evening Standard or Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year: ME AND MY GIRL at the Adelphi, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN at the Shaftesbury, MACK & MABEL at the Piccadilly and DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Dominion.
Among the quality plays represented are John Osborne’s THE ENTERTAINER starring Peter Bowles at the Shaftesbury Theatre, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY starring Martin Shaw & Maria Aitken at the Queen’s Theatre and A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Sir Patrick Stewart at the Old Vic.
In 1998 Cole Kitchenn acted as Executive Producers for the award winning Yasmina Reza play THE UNEXPECTED MAN starring Sir Michael Gambon and Dame Eileen Atkins at the Duchess Theatre, which then transferred to the Promenade theatre in New York. In 1999 they supervised the transfer of the acclaimed Tricycle Theatre production of THE COLOUR OF MONEY to the Victoria Palace.
Other notable productions have included SUGAR BABIES starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller at the Savoy Theatre, TANGO ARGENTINO at the Aldwych theatre, RADIO TIMES at the Queens Theatre, LEONARDO at the Old Fire Station, Oxford and its transfer to the Strand Theatre; OUT OF THE BLUE at the Shaftesbury Theatre, MATADOR at the Queens Theatre, MAMA, I WANT TO SING at the Cambridge Theatre, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN at the Shaftesbury Theatre and MAD AND HER DOG starring Denise Black at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. MACK AND MABEL at the Piccadilly Theatre. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Dominion Theatre, the Charles Aznavour musical LAUTREC at the Shaftesbury Theatre, the Jerry Herman Revue THE BEST OF TIMES at the Bridewell Theatre and the extraordinary French musical event NOTRE DAME DE PARIS at the Dominion Theatre.
Cole Kitchenn’s West End production with Patricia MacNaugton and Elizabeth McCann of the acclaimed musical A SAINT SHE AIN’T opened in San Francisco in 2001 and the critically successful small scale musical THE BETRAYAL OF NORA BLAKE which they managed in the West End in 1998 played a season at the Bob Cuillo Theatre in West Palm Beach in May 2001.
Further associations with Broadway followed with: with the Nederlander Organisation and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the musical THE SECRET GARDEN at the Aldwych Theatre; the Roger Berlind and Roger Horchow award winning Broadway production of KISS ME, KATE at the Victoria Palace Theatre and in conjunction with the Lincoln Centre in New York, Michael White and Stage Holding the UK premiere of CONTACT at the Queens Theatre, and with Broadway producer David Richenthal, the celebrated and award laden Broadway production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Lyric Theatre and I AM MY OWN WIFE at the Duke of Yorks Theatre.
In 2010 Guy was appointed Executive Theatre Director of the new St James Theatre with David Gilmore as Artistic Director , where jointly they opened and programmed the first two years of productions, including the European premiere of the musical DADDY LONG LEGS and the acclaimed Trevor Nunn directed play SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE by Joanna Murray-Smith.
Shaun first worked with Chet Walker on the Glenn Miller musical FEELIN' IN THE MOOD, which is also heading for production.
The most recent credits in Shaun’s thirty year audio drama career include a three season comedy drama series about Eleanor of Aquitaine, ELEANOR RISING; a two part reinvention of a Fielding novel, JOSEPH ANDREWS REMIXED; and the epic 11-hour CHINA TOWNS series, based on the novels of Arnold Bennett Earlier BBC credits include THE FORSYTES, THE COMPLETE SMILEY novels of John le Carre, MARNIE, BROTHER DUSTY FEET, EAST OF EDEN, ME AND LITTLE BOOTS, MEETING JACK and THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.
In straight theatre, Shaun has adapted five books by best-selling crime writer Peter James for the stage – THE PERFECT MURDER, DEAD SIMPLE, NOT DEAD ENOUGH, THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL and LOOKING GOOD DEAD. A sixth is in development. His stage version of LADIES IN LAVENDER won five Broadway World UK awards, including Best Regional Play. Other plays include RULING PASSIONS, FEVER and adaptations of TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY.
Shaun has just completed an original screenplay, OSCAR'S BOYS, and is developing a period espionage drama AGENT 160. Previous credits include a feature length thriller for ITV, THE CROOKED MAN, and an acclaimed two-part thriller, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.
He was a regular contributor to the three final series of HEARTBEAT. "One Small Step", Shaun’s first episode of HEARTBEAT, won a Royal Television Society Yorkshire: Best Drama Award. He was the writer/researcher on GREAT WEST END THEATRES WITH Sir Donald Sinden. He has contributed occasional episodes to DOCTORS.
Shaun first worked with acclaimed US director Philip Wm. McKinley on BEN HUR LIVE at the O2 arena. It subsequently played the Fiera di Roma. Subsequently Shaun and Philip developed another arena show, THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING.
SHAUN MCKENNA is a multi award winning scriptwriter, screenwriter and lyricist who has written extensively for theatre, musical theatre, radio and TV.
He was a core writer on the BBC’s epic First World War drama HOME FRONT from 2014-18, which won the Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama Audio Award in 2019.
West End musical credits include the multi-award-winning stage version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS for which Shaun wrote Book & Lyrics. He won a DORA (Dora Mavor Moore) award in Canada (one of seven the show received) and was nominated for an Olivier Best Musical Award. The show won a SOBOM Outstanding Achievement in Theatre award.
Other west End shows include MADDIE (Co-Book & Lyrics), LA CAVA (Additional Lyrics) and LAUTREC (Book). His last American musical was LAST DANCE in 2012. Edinburgh Festival hits include Terry Pratchett’s ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND (Book & Lyrics) and MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL (Co-Book & Lyrics). International musical theatre includes the HEIDI trilogy (Switzerland and Germany) which was nominated for the Prix Walo.
Coming in 2022 are ARE YOU AS NERVOUS AS I AM (Lyrics), TROUSER BAR (Book & Lyrics) and the Lennon-McCartney musical SHE LOVES YOU (Co-Book with Thom Southerland). He has also written lyrics for CELTIC WARRIOR, collaborating with Marti Pellow, Jack Bradley and Grant Mitchell, currently in development with Bill Kenwright Productions.
CHET WALKER is a multi-Award-Winning Director/Choreographer
who has garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, as well as in television, film, music videos and across all commercial media.
Chet most recently received the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award, and a Tony nomination for his choreography of Stephen Schwartz’s PIPPIN, the acclaimed Broadway Revival directed by Diane Paulus. The revival garnered an astonishing 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Choreography, winning for several, including Best Revival of a Musical.
Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical FOSSE, which also won him an Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Other award nominations for FOSSE include the L.A. Critics’ Award and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, both for choreography, and the Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical. He is also recipient of the L.A. Drama-logue Award for Best Choreography for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Sweden’s equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for AANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of PAL JOEY at the Goodman Theatre.
As a director/choreographer he has recreated SWEET CHARITY (Bob Fosse’s original choreography) in the United States, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and London’s West End. Further credits include the London Revival of PIPPIN (The Chocolate Factory), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (the Tenth Anniversary Tour), CHICAGO (Atlanta and in Norway), A CHORUS LINE, FOLLIES, WORKING (Los Angles), FUNNY GIRL (Amsterdam), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Chicago’s Goodman Theater), KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN (Mexico City - Nomination for Best Musical), CABARET (Norway and Belgrade, Serbia), SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Madrid), THE PRODUCERS (Israel, Brazil, Argentina - ACE AWARD nomination for Best Choreography), and the critically acclaimed THE DANCING MAN and JAZZ ON JAZZ (Norway). His creative talents have also produced dance operas COLOR, FEVER, CONFESSION OF LOVE, LOOK BACK IN LOVE, and The New York Times’ critically acclaimed SEDUCTION - as well as ballets ANGER, THE DOWN LOW, and NIGHTCHASE for Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentina. 2021 saw a new production of the Revival of PIPPIN in Australia, and in 2022 Chet will return to Tokyo to restage PIPPIN once again, after mounting the original Japanese production in 2019.
Chet’s newest project in development is JACK COLE: A NEW MUSICAL, which he will direct and choreograph for Broadway and the West End. He is also slated to direct/choreograph MADDIE AND ME, THE RETURN OF PETER PAN, DREAM IT REAL, ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND, WORDSMITH, THINKING OUT LOUD, a new play for London, and THE BOY ON THE ROOF, a new ballet with composer Stephen Schwartz.2023 will see Chet returning to LA CAGE AUX FOLLES as the director/choreographer for the Toulon Opera in France.
In 2019 Chet created the new London production/holding company THREE FOR THE SHOW ltd. with partners Shaun McKenna and Guy Kitchenn.
Chet's extensive Broadway performing career began at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of ON THE TOWN. Other Broadway credits include: LORELEI, THE AMBASSADORS, and four Bob Fosse musicals: THE PAJAMA GAME, DANCIN', SWEET CHARITY, and PIPPIN.
DAVID ADKIN LTD (General Manager) is an award-winning, London based theatrical production and general management company. Their passion is to develop and produce world-class productions of thrilling stories both old and new. Selected credits as Producer and/or General Manager include:
BLINDNESS (Donmar/UK Tour/International), STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (Southwark Playhouse), ROCKY ROAD (Livestream),THE REALISTIC JONESES (Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath), AFTERGLOW (Southwark Playhouse/Waterloo East Theatre), WILD GOOSE DREAMS (Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath), THE OMISSION OF THE FAMILY COLEMAN (Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath),
THE GRINNING MAN (Trafalgar Studios), ROTHSCHILD & SONS (Park Theatre), THE LIFE (Southwark Playhouse),
DESSERT (Southwark Playhouse), STALKING THE BOGEYMAN (Southwark), NEXT FALL (Southwark),
OUR FRIENDS THE ENEMY (UK Tour/New York), lSWEENEY TODD Winner of Best Off West End Production and nominated for Best Musical Revival at the 2015 Whatsonstage Awards (Twickenham Theatre), OUR HOUSE THE MUSICAL (Savoy Theatre) and THAT FACE (Landor).
In 2016/17 David worked for legendary Producer Robert Fox on the UK premiere of David Bowie and Enda Walsh's musical LAZARUS, dir. Ivo Van Hove (Kings Cross Theatre). In 2015, he was the Festival Producer for the OLD VIC NEW VOICES FESTIVAL (The Old Vic). In 2019/20, David was the Producer of the award-winning nationally acclaimed Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath.
In addition to the selected credits above, David Adkin Limited has produced and managed numerous workshops, development projects and private events.
David is a member of the Society of London Theatre; a bursary recipient of The Stage One Producers Scheme; and the Chairman of Cherwell Theatre Company - a charity providing arts based opportunities for young people in his hometown.