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David Ian Productions was founded in 2006 and is based in London’s Covent Garden. David Ian Productions current shows: Annie (UK Tour), The Bodyguard (UK Tour and Worldwide Licences), Cats (London & International Tour), Chicago (European Tour), Grease (Australia), Gypsy (West End), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tour), The Sound Of Music (Asia & Australia), and Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse).

 

What We Do: Production & General Management

Formed in 2006 DIP has already garnered a host of substantial production and management credits. These include Seminar on Broadway; the hugely successful revival of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium and its sister productions in Toronto, Japan and the record-breaking UK Tour; the West End transfers of the Menier Chocolate Factory productions of La Cage Aux Folles (Oliver Award-winner for Best Musical Revival 2009) and Sweet Charity; UK tours of Cats, Starlight Express, The Producers, Chicago and Steel Magnolias; European tours of Cats through Italy and Germany; the West End, Broadway, US touring and South African productions of Grease; the Tony award-winning revival of Gypsy on Broadway; the West End premiere of a new stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption; the World Premiere of the musical Flashdance; and arena tours of ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent. In 2012 DIP launched the World Premier of The Bodyguard in the West End; and this year commenced the UK tours of Cats, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Ghost.

As a general manager we offer a full range of services including project research, feasibility studies, production of showcases and workshops, budgeting and financial planning, preparation of investment material, personnel recruitment and management of all the logistics required in the preparation and maintenance of major theatrical productions. We also work in partnership with the major marketing agencies and publicity representatives to ensure the strongest possible campaigns for all of our shows.

David Ian:
Chairman

David was born in Ilford, Essex. After attending the local grammar school and a series of ill-suited jobs, he became a performer. His first theatrical role was as Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show and he went on to appear in several musicals, including Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Time and The Pirates of Penzance, where he met fellow actor Paul Nicholas. They formed their own production company and their first West End production, Grease, is still playing throughout the world today. David joined Clear Channel Entertainment (which then became Live Nation) in 2000 and was made Chairman of its global theatre business in 2005. He set up David Ian Productions in 2006.

He is the recipient of four Olivier awards and two Tony nominations. Other shows David has produced include: Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy (Broadway), The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Chicago, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Bodyguard and Jersey Boys. New productions for this year include a brand new production of Annie and the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton at the Savoy Theatre, London.

David is a keen runner, having competed in five marathons and raising over one million pounds to date for various cancer charities. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, Tracy, two children, James and Emily, and German shepherd, Zak!

Max Finbow:
Managing Director

Armed with a degree in Latin American Literature from King’s College London, Max moved in to theatre and started his professional career in stage management touring the world with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre (now sadly defunct). Subsequently he spent five years as Technical Manager at the Royal Opera House and then the National Theatre before moving to Devon to take up the position of Technical Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Since 1993 Max has been General Manager for many West End and touring shows, including responsibility for all Riverdance productions worldwide and for Slava’s Snowshow. For Clear Channel Entertainment he was Executive Producer on the first UK tour of Chicago, also Singin’ In The Rain, Doctor Dolittle, Daisy Pulls It Off (West End) and Cats. He has managed the UK production of Grease since 2000 and is Executive Producer for the new Broadway production and the US tour.

He is a member of various industrial relation committees for the Society of London Theatre and for the Theatrical Management Association, and is chair of the TMA / MU negotiating committee.

Forty years on, Max feels it’s finally safe to confess that he was once a regular competitor throughout the UK and internationally in Ballroom and Latin American dancing competitions. He played ‘Oliver’ in the King’s Lynn Players production many years ago and was once awarded the prestigious title of Most Promising Actor (Under 21) at the East of England Drama Competition!

Brook Land:
Director

Rosamund Cranmer:
General Managers

Ros began her career as a Production Assistant working for Mark Goucher Ltd on a number of touring and West End shows including Footloose, High Society, Annie Get Your Gun, The Vagina Monologues, Reduced Shakespeare Company and Stones in his Pockets.

After a brief stint as a theatrical agent, Ros returned to general management, joining The Really Useful Theatre Company as Production Coordinator, where she was involved with many of their West End shows such as The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Love Never Dies and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

As a General Manager, Ros has looked after the UK and International tours of Batman – The Arena Spectacular for Nick Grace Management, and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for Broadway Entertainment Group, touring across Europe, South America, North America and Asia.

Lisa Fleming:
General Managers

Lisa Fleming started her career in her home theatre, The Opera House, Jersey nearly 30 years ago where she worked her way around many areas including front of house, box office, marketing, press and various backstage duties.

After a varied start she headed ‘upstairs’ into the world of administration and worked for a number of years as a Theatre Co-Ordinator helping to run the Opera House (under the direction of Dick Ray) and also assisting him produce and manage Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat both at the Opera House, Jersey and at the Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man.

On arrival into the UK she joined Paul Elliott at E&B Productions and whilst working there she met David Ian.  It took some persuading, but David finally agreed to employ her in 2000 on his move to Live Nation (formerly SFX / Clear Channel Entertainment).  The rest, as they say, is history!

West End & Touring Production credits include:-

Stones In His Pockets  (The Ambassadors Theatre); 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (Comedy Theatre); Annie (West End & UK Tour); Doctor Dolittle (UK Tour); Singin’ In the Rain (UK Tour); Chicago (UK, Dubai & European Tours); Daisy Pulls It Off (Lyric Theatre); Cats (UK, Portugal, Italian & German Tours); Starlight Express (UK & Scandinavian Tours), A Girl Called Dusty (Workshop, Duchess Theatre); Monty Python’s Spamalot (Palace Theatre); The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndham’s Theatre); The Sound of Music  (UK Tour); The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre);, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (UK Tour), TBG UK and Ireland Tour, German, Dutch and US Licences, Annie UK Tour and Xanadu.

Alex Halpern:
General Managers

Alex started his theatrical career by helping to build the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn and despite the long hours and negligible salary Alex soon decided that he was hooked. Now a veteran of the industry with 30 years’ experience behind him (which makes him feel a little old), Alex has worked on productions large and small all over the world.

Alex spent 18 years working in stage & company management starting with community theatre productions (he’s still in therapy for a street theatre production in Portsmouth) and slowly working his way up to large scale plays and musicals including productions of Annie, Mutiny!, Passion and Blood Brothers. International tours include Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the Royal Shakespeare Company and also heading up a 120 strong company on Riverdance.

Despite a brief sojourn into the world of computer software development, Alex returned to the theatre world and has also been Production Manager for Bill Kenwright, Associate General Manager for the owners of the James Bond franchise (the Broccoli family) on their production of La Cava, and General Manager on the West End, UK Tour and Singapore productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Most recently Alex was General Manager for Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and took shows to the Far East, Europe, Australia and New Zealand including Chicago, Cats, West Side Story, Stomp and The Imperial Ice Stars productions of Swan Lake on Ice and Cinderella on Ice, including a run at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jeffrey Brady:
Production Coordinator

Jeff was born and raised in Armidale, a regional town in Australia, where he participated in several local musical productions including a memorable be-kilted turn in Brigadoon. Jeff was lucky enough to spend a few of his formative years in the UK – where his mother, one fateful night, took him to see Snoopy, The Musical ! at the Duchess Theatre. It was quite a life changing experience…and is still his favourite musical score.

Jeff speaks fluent Japanese and he studied classical music at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts & Music on a full scholarship. He has worked in travel, fashion, and catering as well as spending quite some time as a freelance pianist. After finally finding his true calling in the world of theatre administration he became Agency Coordinator at Buchanan Associates and Production Coordinator for End of the Pier Productions, before joining the team at David Ian Productions.

Tim Jones:
Production Assistants

Tim took his first footsteps into theatre at the wise old age of 16, joining the Birmingham Hippodrome as a volunteer usher. After working countless shows of David Ian’s touring production of Starlight Express, Tim was hooked.

Whilst studying for a degree in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) Tim began working for the Liverpool Empire theatre in 2007. He worked as an education practitioner, later an usher, a casual marketing assistant and (once or twice) as backstage crew. But the smell of the greasepaint roared and Tim longed to work closer to the productions. After a handshake with Sir Paul McCartney and his degree certificate in hand, the opportunity arose for Tim to join the tour of The Sound of Music. In early 2010 it was ‘So Long, Farewell’ to Liverpool as Tim set off around the UK. The job involved looking after some of the smaller members of the touring company; Tim became chaperone to a team of seven Von Trapps, and a further fifty-two over the course of the next 18 months.

Towards the end of his time with The Sound of Music Tim joined David Ian Productions as a part time Production Assistant before taking up the role full time at the beginning of 2012.

Laura Tompkins:
Production Assistants

Laura was born and bred in Brighton where she was first introduced to theatre at the tender age of 6.

Moving to London in 2005 Laura gained a BA Hons in Musical Theatre at London Studio Centre and subsequently worked as a performer with companies including the Birmingham Stage Company, Glyndebourne Opera, The English Nation Ballet, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studios. Laura eventually hung up her dance shoes to pursue a career on the other side of the curtain.

Over the years Laura has found herself working within many other aspects of theatre and film including casting, FOH and backstage before joining David Ian Productions in April 2015.

Simon Karaiskos:
Production Assistants

Simon grew up in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and began to study dance at the age of ten at his local dance school. At the age of sixteen he went on to train at Laine Theatre Arts for three years, where he graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance. Upon graduating Simon began his career working for Matthew Bourne in The All Male Swan Lake.

Simon continued to work as a performer for the next ten years in TV, Film, Musical Theatre and Opera. At the age of twenty nine he took a break from his career to go travelling and then lived in Mexico where he studied Yoga and Spanish.

Simon is excited about this new chapter of his life working with David Ian Productions.

Jo Dorey:
Office Manager and PA to the Chairman and Managing Director