Artistic Director: John Redgrave

A member of the ‘Redgrave’ family, John has over forty years experience in virtually every aspect of theatre, not only directing but also in the management and technical fields. He is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s leading producer/director/lighting designers. His credits are diverse as his pantomime, variety, plays and musical both in the provinces and the West End.

He has been responsible for launching the careers of many of today’s leading performers including the vocal harmony group Stutz Bear Cats, comedy impressionists, Karen Kay and Bobby Davro and comedian Billy Pearce.

In the early sixties, John commenced a two-year engagement as stage director/company manager at the Theatre Royal in Bath. Between 1964 and 1969 he stage countless concerts featuring the likes of PJ Proby, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, The Nashville Teens, The Who, Herman’s Hermits, Billy J Kramer, The Move and Tom Jones. At this time he also managed Andy Fairweather Low and Amen Corner, Billy Fury and the Tornadoes.

1968 found him in Bournemouth, Stage Directing the Dickie Henderson Show at the towns Pavilion Theatre, where he took over the direction of the Freddie Frinton play His Favourite Family at the rival Pier Theatre. Appearing in the case on the pier as a young juvenile lead was the actress Melanie Daniel who, in early 1969 became Mrs John Redgrave.

During the seventies John joined Howard and Whyndahm, directing pantomime seasons featuring Bruce Forsyth, Peter Noon and Bernard Cribbens and revues starring Eartha Kitt, Freddie Starr and Frankie Vaughn. By the mid seventies his own company under the banner of John Redgrave Productions had the proud boast of being Britain’s most prolific producer of summer entertainment with no fewer than 12 productions being staged at major coastal resorts.

The mid seventies and eighties saw projects as diverse as co-production with Cameron Mackintosh of Winnie the Pooh and the re-opening of Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre with Ken Dodd, whilst at the same time owning and running the magnificent Palace Theatre in Plymouth. Numbered among his many presentations throughout the mid to late eighties were productions starring Michael Barrymore, Val Doonican, Rolf Harris, Des O’Connor, Michael Parkinson, Chas ‘n’ Dave and Jimmy Tarbuck.

John’s West End credits include The Save Rave, Jim Bailey concerts and Grayson’s Scandals all at the London Palladium, That’s Showbiz at the Phoenix Theatre, Barnum at Shepherd’s Bush, and Danny and Me at the Arts Theatre.

In 1990 he received a special request from both Ken Dodd and Jimmy Tarbuck to stage a star studded gala charity show at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in aid of Alderhay Children’s Hospital 75th birthday - a production which featured - amongst others - both the Liverpool and Everton football teams!

Projects in recent years have included staging of the opening celebrations of the much acclaimed Bath Festival, a record breaking production of the farce No Sex Please We’re British, the direction and lighting of a major new touring production of Barnum and a revival of the legendary Black and White Minstrel Show.

In 1996, John embarked upon an 8-month tour with Gary Wilmot in Showstoppers, together with a national tour of Piaf, before moving on to stage productions at Blackpool’s North Pier theatre of It’s a Cracker starring Frank Carson, A tribute to Mario Lanza featuring Mike Doyle, and The Joe Longthorne Show. September 1997 saw him designing and executing the lighting of a lavish new production of Shehallion being staged at the SECC in Glasgow before it’s intended transfer to the West End.

More recently he has been involved in two national tours with Joe Longthorne plus the directions and management of the highly successful rock and roll musical Rave On.

John is currently working on the final stages of his new musical Dear Kitty, the famous diary based on the story of the young Jewish girl Anne Frank. The project has already aroused a great interest in professional circles and should be given an immediate high profile with the B.B.C’s intention to film a ‘Fly on the Wall’ documentary on the Show’s various stages of development from its early planning through to the opening night including coverage of a nationwide search for the young Anne Frank.