Author Jonathan Harvey
Director Nikolai Foster
Set & Costume Designer Colin Richmond
Casting Director – Kay Magson CDG
Lighting Designer David Plater
Sound Designer George Dennis
Associate Producer Alexander Wang
Producer Tom O'Connell for QNQ


Jonathan Harvey comes from Liverpool and is a multi-award-winning writer of plays, films, sitcoms and Britain's longest-running drama serial.

Jonathan's theatre work includes the award-winning BEAUTIFUL THING (Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York's. Winner: John Whiting Award. Nominated: Olivier Award for Best Comedy), BABIES (Royal Court Theatre. Winner: Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Winner: George Devine Award), RUPERT STREET LONELY HEARTS CLUB (English Touring Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Criterion Theatre. Winner: Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play. Winner: City Life Magazine Award for Best New Play).

Other plays include CORRIE! (Lowry Theatre and National Tour. Winner: Manchester Evening News Award for Best Special Entertainment), CANARY (Liverpool Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre and English Touring Theatre), HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN (English Touring Theatre, Hampstead Theatre), GUIDING STAR (Everyman Theatre, Royal National Theatre), BOOM BANG A BANG (Bush Theatre), MOHAIR (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs) and WILDFIRE (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs). Jonathan also co-wrote the musical CLOSER TO HEAVEN with the Pet Shops Boys.

For television Jonathan created and wrote three series of the BAFTA-nominated GIMME GIMME GIMME for the BBC, two series of BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (winner: Best Comedy, Banff TV Festival), the double BAFTA-nominated BEST FRIENDS, VON TRAPPED! and BIRTHDAY GIRL. With comedian John Bishop he co-wrote the ITV show PANTO!

Jonathan has also written for the shows REV (winner: BAFTA for Best Sitcom) GREAT NIGHT OUT, SHAMELESS, THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW, AT HOME WITH THE BRAITHWAITES, LILIES and MURDER MOST HORRID. To date he has written over a hundred episodes of CORONATION STREET.

Jonathan's film work includes BEAUTIFUL THING for Film Four (Outstanding Film, GLAAD Awards, New York; Best Film, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival; the Grand Prix, Paris Film Festival; and the Jury Award, San Paolo International Film Festival).

Jonathan has written two novels ALL SHE WANTS and THE CONFUSION OF KAREN CARPENTER, both published by Pan Macmillan.


Nikolai Foster was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and grew up in North Yorkshire. He trained at Drama Centre London and at the Crucible, Sheffield.

His work has been seen in most of the UK's leading regional theatres, touring houses and internationally. Foster has been director on attachment at the Sheffield Crucible, the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre Studio and an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.

Plays in preparation: SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE BEST KEPT SECRET by Mark Catley (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds / National Tour / London), the Bernstein / Laurents / Sondheim musical WEST SIDE STORY (NYMT, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester) & Brecht's THE GOOD PERSON OF SICHUAN (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).

Recently, Foster directed the Sondheim / Furth musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (York Theatre Royal & The Touring Consortium / National Tour); a major new production of the Broadway musical, ANNIE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester) & MACBETH (Singapore Repertory Theatre, Fort Canning Park, Singapore).

Further work includes: Roald Dahl's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Birmingham Stage Company at Birmingham Old Rep & National Tour), adapted by David Wood, with original songs by Grant Olding; the Kander/Ebb/McNally musical play KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Arts Ed); a new adaptation of Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Tanika Gupta (Palace Theatre Watford / ETT / National Tour); FLASHDANCE (Shaftesbury Theatre, London), an original musical by Tom Hedley, Robbie Roth & Robert Cary; two major revivals of plays by Noel Coward: HAY FEVER (Chichester Festival Theatre) & A SONG AT TWILIGHT (Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Theatre Royal Windsor and National Tour); Ayckbourn's ABSENT FRIENDS (Oldham Coliseum / Harrogate Theatre); Bryony Lavery & Jason Carr's A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Birmingham Rep 2009 & West Yorkshire Playhouse 2010), Barry Hines' KES, adapted by Lawrence Till (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour); David Essex's ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR (UK tours 2008/09 & 2010/12, also on film, released Autumn 2012); Dempsey and Rowe's THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (UK tour); Boucicault's LONDON ASSURANCE (Watermill Theatre, Newbury & UK Tour); Shaffer's AMADEUS, the final play to be staged at Sheffield's Crucible, before it closed for refurbishment; the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Don Black's ASPECTS OF LOVE (UK National Tour & Nelson Mandela Theatre, South Africa); Orwell's ANIMAL FARM, Louise Page's SALONIKA & Amanda Whittington's BOLLYWOOD JANE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Johnson's DEAD FUNNY (Oldham Coliseum & National Tour – Manchester Evening News Award Nomination – Best Visiting Production 2007); Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Leoncavallo's PAGLIACCI (Pegasus Opera and English Touring Opera - National Tour); the Sondheim / Weidman musical play ASSASSINS (Crucible, Sheffield - TMA Award Nomination 2006 - Entire Company); Ayckbourn's SEASON'S GREETINGS (Liverpool Playhouse); Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Corneille's THE LIAR - translated and adapted by Ranjit Bolt (Cochrane Theatre, London); and A CHORUS LINE (Crucible, Sheffield). For more information visit:


Colin's credits include: THE MATCH BOX for Liverpool Playhouse; BETRAYAL for Sheffield Crucible; THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE and OF MICE AND MEN for Edinburgh Lyceum; BETRAYAL for the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; ANNIE for West Yorkshire Playhouse; MEN SHOULD WEEP for National Theatre of Scotland; FUTURE PROOF for Dundee Rep/Traverse; 1000 AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF for Red Note Ensemble; DON PASQUALE for Holland Park Opera; THE FIREBIRD for Dundee Rep; NOTES TO FUTURE SELF, THE CHERRY ORCHARD and DANCING AT LUGHNASA for Birmingham Rep; GREAT EXPECTATIONS and THE THREE MUSKETEERS AND THE PRINCESS OF SPAIN for ETT; BILLY LIAR for West Yorkshire Playhouse; SWEENEY TODD at Dundee Rep; ABSENT FRIENDS at Oldham Coliseum; A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse; THE LADY IN THE VAN at Salisbury Playhouse; CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE for Shared Experience; LETTER OF A LOVE BETRAYED for Music Theatre Wales; LA BOHEME for Holland Park Opera; WHEN WE ARE MARRIED at West Yorkshire Playhouse; ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE (costumes) at the Trafalgar Studio; TOUCHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME at Trafalgar Studios; ANIMAL FARM at West Yorkshire Playhouse; RING ROUND THE MOON directed by Sean Mathias in the West End; ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR on a NO 1 tour; HAPGOOD at Birmingham Rep; TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Ian Brown at West Yorkshire Playhouse; SPEAKEASY directed by Michael Bogdanov at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff; L'OPERA SERIA directed by Rupert Goold at the Batignano Festival; HANSEL AND GRETEL at Northampton Theatre Royal; LOWDAT and BOLT HOLE at Birmingham Rep; PLAY NOT I at BAC; HOUSE OF THE GODS! for Music Theatre Wales; BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE directed by Anthony Sher for the RSC /West End; BAD GIRLS - THE MUSICAL at West Yorkshire Playhouse; RESTORATION for Headlong; SHADOW OF A GUNMAN for Glasgow Citizens and HANSEL & GRETEL at Dundee Rep; SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER at Theatr Clywd; EUROPE at the Barbican; THE MAY QUEEN at Liverpool Playhouse; BOLLYWOOD JANE at West Yorkshire Playhouse; the West End production of BAD GIRLS - THE MUSICAL; AMADEUS at Sheffield Crucible and SALONIKA at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Colin was a 2003 Linbury Prize Finalist and a Resident Designer as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Trainee Programme.

Colin is currently working on THE ALCHEMIST for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH for Birminghamn Stage Company, WIND IN THE WILLOWS for West Yorkshire Playhouse and TITUS ANDRONICUS for the RSC.

KAY MAGSON CDG Casting Director


Kay regularly casts for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Stage Company, Hull Truck, Perth Theatres, Manchester Library Theatre, and has worked with ETT, Northampton Theatres (including YOUNG AMERICA at the NT), Watford Palace Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Salisbury Playhouse and a wide variety of regional repertory theatres on a freelance basis.

Kay was resident at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a number of years where she cast a wide range of shows including THE MCKELLEN ENSEMBLE SEASON, THE PATRICK STWEART SEASON, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, BEATIFICATION OF AREA BOY, HAMLET, TWELFTH NIGHT and innumerable others.

She also cast WALK LIKE A PANTHER for Finite Films.

Kay is a member of the Casting Director's Guild of Great Britain (CDG)

DAVID PLATER Lighting Designer

David trained in lighting design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art leaving in 1993.

He was head of lighting at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in Covent Garden where worked from 1994 until March 2012.

He has designed lighting regionally, in the West End, for the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court. He has been resident lighting designer for Ballet Black since their formation in 2001 and has worked extensively for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Recent credits include: THE SILENCE OF THE SEA (Donmar Trafalgar); TWELFTH NIGHT / RICHARD III (Apollo); WHAT YOU WILL (Apollo); MACBETH (Crucible Sheffield); 13 THE MUSICAL (Apollo); JASON ROBERT BROWN IN CONCERT (Apollo); THE CHAIR PLAYS (Lyric Hammersmith); RICHARD II (Donmar); MIXED MARRIAGE (Finborough Theatre); SONDHEIM AT 80 CONCERT (Queens); PARIAH THE STRONGER (Arcola); FOUR QUARTETS (Donmar); STACY/FANNY & FAGGOT (Trafalgar Studios). For more information visit

GEORGE DENNIS Sound Designer

Theatre includes: LIAR LIAR (Unicorn Theatre); THE SEAGULL, THE ONLY TRUE HISTORY OF LIZZIE FINN, SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME and ANTIGONE (Southwark Playhouse); A LIFE, THE DRAWER BOY, FOXFINDER, THE GOODNIGHT BIRD, THE CAPTIVE, ME AND JULIET and GENEROUS (Finborough Theatre); GOOD GRIEF (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour); SHIVERMAN (Theatre503); THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (Salisbury Playhouse); BLOODY POETRY (Jermyn Street); WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE MY MOTHER? (Trafalgar Studios 2); UNRESTLESS (Old Vic Tunnels); THE YORK REALIST (Riverside Studios).

Composition includes: THE FUEL WE BURN (Awarded 'Official Selection' for SMC, Berlin 2008) and ELECTRIC SHEEP (1st Prize, Musica Viva, Lisbon 2008 and finalist Concurso VI, Seville 2008).

ALEXANDER WANG Associate Producer

This production marks Alexander's West End producing debut. As a professional singer, writer and former television host, Alexander has been passionate about performing arts since his university days back at Oxford. He currently works in Mayfair, London as a hedge fund investment professional. Alexander is devoted to celebrating the eternal love, beauty and faith of human beings, through his wholehearted drama production.

TOM O'CONNELL for QNQ Ltd Producer

QNQ is a commercial production business headed by independent producer, Tom O'Connell and entrepreneur Nicole Nicholson.

Tom O'Connell for QNQ recently co-produced 'STEP 9 [OF 12]' a new dark comedy starring The Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison, directed by Tom Attenborough which ran for a limited season in the West End at the Trafalgar Studios.

Tom trained as a producer at Fiery Angel Ltd, funded by the Stage One new producers scheme, under the mentoring of Edward Snape and Jon Bath, working on THE 39 STEPS (Criterion & UK Tour); THE LADYKILLERS (Gielgud & National Tour); SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS directed by Tom Morris (Vaudeville/UK Tour); PEPPA PIG LIVE (Criterion/UK Tour); THE PAINKILLER starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon (Lyric, Belfast); BEN-HUR (West Berkshire Playhouse) and most recently GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM (Phoenix Theatre).

As a production co-ordinator: "Floyd Collins" – A Musical (Southwark Playhouse); SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME (Southwark Playhouse); JASON ROBERT BROWN IN CONCERT (Apollo) and WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS 2012 (Prince of Wales).

Other producer credits include: "Wonderland" Jazz series (Dome Room, Brighton), A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS (UK Tour), NURSERY CRIMES THE MUSICAL (Kings Head Theatre) JOSE VANDERS LIVE (Heist, Brighton), NOW WE ARE FIVE (Old Courtroom Theatre), LIVE ON THE LAWNS (Hove Champagne Festival) and various professional pantomime adaptations regionally.

Associate producer for Old Courtroom Theatre during Brighton Fringe Festival 2010, producing over 15 shows in-house.

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For QNQ:
Tom O'Connell Producer
Nicole Nicholson Financial Director
Robin Rayner Production Assistant
Neil Adleman, Harbottle & Lewis Legal
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