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Cast & creatives

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Carolyn Chenery is an independent theatre and film producer based in the UK. Since 1997 she has produced over twenty UK tours for the Shakespeare 4 Kidz Theatre Company including productions of S4K’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, S4K’s Twelfth Night, S4K’s Macbeth, S4K’s Romeo & Juliet, S4K’s Hamlet and S4K’s The Tempest. For S4K International, she has produced international tours to Gibraltar, Eire, Bahrain, Qatar, Syria and to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE. She produced Peter Pan at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings starring S Club 7’s Jon Lee and Aladdin at the same venue with EastEnders’ Leslie Grantham. In 2010 she co-produced Hairspray in Dubai starring Olivier Award-winning Leanne Jones as Tracy Turnblad. With Prima Artistes she has pioneered the acclaimed Drama @ Sea productions on P&O world cruises. In 2013 she produced Pinocchio which toured to theatres in Bahrain and Qatar, and across the UAE in the spring of this year. In 2014 she produced a UK and international tour of S4K's Macbeth (which played here at DUCTAC), UAE touring productions of Pinocchio and Aladdin, and this production of Willy Wonka The Musical. In 2015, there follows an international tour of S4K's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is also working on movie productions of the S4K musicals Romeo & Juliet.

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Writer, Director, Producer, Actor Julian Chenery is best known as the creative force behind Shakespeare 4 Kidz – the UK’s foremost Shakespeare company for children and young people. His musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays (with Matt Gimblett) have been performed in every English-speaking country in the world; he produces theatre shows both in the UK, overseas and on the ocean waves. In 2014 he produced and directed S4K's Macbeth (which played here in this theatre); the UAE tours of Pinocchio and Aladdin, and in August directed an open-air production of Monty Python's Spamalot at the world-famous Minack Theatre, Cornwall (in the UK). He is a producer on the Shakespeare 4 Kidz feature film series, the first of which - Romeo & Juliet -  moves into production in 2015. Julian was voted Producer of the Year by readers of Encore Theatre magazine in 2005. He is a member of UK Theatre, the League of Independent Producers, Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network, the Directors Guild of Great Britain, Stage Directors UK and the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain.

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Mark has worked exclusively in musical theatre for fifteen years.

Creative: The Wiz (Peoples Theatre, Newcastle - Director), Sunshine On Leith (Northern Stage, Newcastle - Director), The Sound of Music (Jordan Cultural Festival - Choreographer / Childrens Director), Macbeth (UK and UAE Tour - Choreographer), What the Ladybird Heard (UK Tour - Choreographer), Celebrate Christmas (Royal Albert Hall - Musical Stager), RSVP ASAP (LSMT Studios, Choreographer), 'Tis the Season (Jermyn Street Theatre - Director), Oliver! (UK Tour - Childrens Director), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre, London - Childrens Director), Applause (Bridewell Theatre, London - Choreographer), Little Women (UK Premier Workshop - Assistant Director), Three Phantoms (UK Tour - Choreographer), Stepping Out (Union Theatre, London - Associate Choreographer)

Actor - West End: Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre - Swing and Understudy to Rusty and Dustin), Jerry Springer - The Opera (Original Cast - National Theatre and Cambridge Theatre - Swing and Dance/Fight Captain), High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre - Arthur), Les Miserables (Queens Theatre - Swing and Dance Captain/Childrens Director), Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena (Ensemble/Dance Captain)

Actor - Regional: Little Shop Of Horrors (Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh - Ensemble, Understudy Mr Mushnik), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse - Ensemble, Understudy Grumpskin), Starlight Express (UK/Scandinavian Tour - Prince of Wales, Understudy Dustin and Poppa).

Mark is Head of the Dance Department at The London School of Musical Theatre.

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Michael has worked around the UK as a Musical Director, Accompanist and Arranger. Most recently, Michael has been Musical Director for S4K's Macbeth starring Noel Andrew Harron which played here in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

As Musical Director: Meet Me in St. Louis (UK Premiere, Landor Theatre), Pinocchio (Arranging; Dubai Tour, Shakespeare 4 Kidz), [title of show] (London Premiere, Landor Theatre), Nunsense A- Men! (Landor Theatre), Next Thing You Know (Landor Theatre), The Tempest (UK and Middle East Tour - Shakespeare 4 Kidz), Spring Awakening (Catford Broadway, London), Hot Mikado (Landor Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Arranging; Middle East Tour - Shakespeare 4 Kidz), Curtains (European Premiere, Landor Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Perth Theatre), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Tron Theatre, Glasgow), Show Choir!: The Musical (UK Premiere, Edinburgh Fringe 2011), The Wizard of Oz (Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe) and Aladdin (Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal). He is also Musical Director for Gotta Sing! at the Phoenix Artist Club, coaching new singers on their regular courses and playing for Open Mic Nights.

As Assistant Musical Director: Blood Brothers (UK, No. 1 Tour).

As accompanist: I Love You Because (Jermyn Street Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Edinburgh Fringe 2011) and Honk! (Royal and Derngate, Northampton) as well as pianist on recordings of White Chameleon by Christopher Hampton and Murder in Samarkand by David Hare for BBC Radio 4.

Michael returned to London after completing his MA in Musical Direction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and holds a BMus (Hons) in Vocal Studies from Trinity College of Music, having also been awarded the Alan J Kirby Prize for Conducting and Charles Proctor Prize for Choral Conducting. He was recently nominated for Best Musical Direction in Fringe or Regional Theatre for [title of show] at the Landor Theatre by BroadwayWorld.com. He is currently in the process of writing several new musicals with writing partners Daniel Finn, Tom Oakley and Matthew Dye.

To find out more about WILLY WONKA THE MUSICAL

Contact producers S4K International to find out more about
WILLY WONKA THE MUSICAL and our other shows. 
In 2015 these include S4K's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 
and our adaptation of FROZEN - THE SNOW QUEEN.

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