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David Ian Productions was founded in 2006 and is based in London’s Covent Garden. David Ian Productions current and upcoming shows: Cats ( International Tour), Evita (International Tour), Annie (2019 UK Tour), Benidorm (2018-2019 UK Tour), Chicago (International Tour 2018-2019), Magic Mike Live (West End 2018-2019) and The Bodyguard (Worldwide Licences and 2018-2019 UK Tour).

 

What We Do: Production & General Management

David Ian Productions offer a full range of services to the theatrical industry, including general management, production accounting, 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, including the overseeing and management of ticketing, marketing and press operations.

 

David Ian:
Chief Executive

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 five 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:
Executive Producer, International

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:
Chairman

Brook became Chairman of DIP in January 2018, having been a Non Executive Director since 2006.

He is a solicitor of 45 years’ standing and a former partner of a major UK law firm. He has extensive experience of the theatre and governance and has, over the years, advised a number of major theatre owners and producers. He was Chairman of Theatre Royal Brighton, in addition to being chairman of RPS Group plc, Senior Independent Director of Signet Group plc and a director of a number of other private and public companies. He is also Chairman of Shard Viewing Gallery Management Ltd, a major London tourist attraction, which operates the View from the Shard on levels 69 and 72 of the iconic Shard at London Bridge.

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

Born in Jersey, Lisa started her career at The Opera House over 30 years ago where she worked in various areas including front of house, box office, marketing, press and backstage.

She headed ‘upstairs’ into the world of production working initially as a Theatre Co-Ordinator helping to run The Opera House (under the direction of Dick Ray) and assisting to produce and manage her first musical Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat both at the Opera House and at the Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man.

On arrival into the UK in 1998 she joined Paul Elliott at E&B Productions and whilst working there she met David Ian.  In 2000 Lisa joined David at his first office in Broad Court and never left!

General Management – West End, International & UK 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 & International Tours); The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre, Dominion Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, China & UK Tours); Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (UK Tours); The Bodyguard Worldwide (licenses for Germany, France, Holland, Madrid, US, Korea, Austria & Italy); Annie (Piccadilly Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto & UK Tours including South Africa) and; Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse).

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:
Associate General Manager

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.

Jo Dorey:
Executive Assistant

Andy Bowling:
Finance Director

Born in Cardiff but yearning for the bright lights, Andy moved to London and gained an honours degree in Finance with Accounting from the University of East London. In 1994 he joined the media and entertainment division of a city firm, acting as production accountant to many Really Useful Group and Cameron Mackintosh productions. Other shows he worked on included Chicago and Doctor Dolittle and in due course several music clients were added to his portfolio.

In 2005 he became Chief Financial Officer to a high net worth family based in the music and film industries and spent 7 years advising on matters as diverse as investments, HR, property, private jets and olive oil and wine production. In 2012 theatre called again and he joined Stage Entertainment’s UK office as Finance Director before setting up his own business in 2016 and working on shows such as School of Rock and Matilda UK Tour.

Following an unimpressive rugby career Andy has been coaching junior rugby for 8 years, recently retiring to become an enthusiastic supporter instead.

Andy is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Tim Reed:
General Managers

Tim has over twenty five years’ experience in Theatre having started out as stage crew in Blackpool at 15.

He went on to study Stage Management in London before landing his first job as Stage Management for Paul Daniels in the West End.

He has been involved with more than 20 West End Musicals including KISS ME, KATE, THE SECRET GARDEN for the RSC and NOTRE DAME DE PARIS as well as five years with CHICAGO.

In 2008 Tim developed his own company specialising in Talent and Production Management. He managed an eclectic roster across all areas of the industry including Music, Theatre, Film and live Comedy.

Tim works extensively in the private and corporate sector and has produced shows for clients all over the world. Tim recently produced a West End Prom with an orchestra of 60.

Tim Managed the SCLUB7 reunion for Simon Fuller and XIX Entertainment. On top of this he looked after THE BODYGUARD in the West End and the return of CATS at the London Palladium, he has gone on to General Manage the UK tour of SUNSET BOULEVARD and the relaunch of CHICAGO.

He is currently the General Manager for MAGIC MIKE LIVE which opens in London at the end of the year.

Adam Lilwall:
Management Accountant