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Monday 11 th November '19 | @theatrecraft

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THEATRECRAFT 2019 IS PRESENTED BY Masterclass // The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) is the in-house education charity at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. For the last 21 years, the Masterclass programme has offered young people aged 16 - 30 the chance to attend inspiring and empowering talks with leading industry figures, onstage workshops and careers advice sessions, as well as take part in creative opportunities and paid apprenticeships.

Society of London Theatre // Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre offer many opportunities to develop your career in theatre and experience theatre as an audience member. Careers and Education advice are available on their websites and they support for opportunities and training to inspire you after TheatreCraft today. Official London Theatre is the biggest theatre website in London. Follow them for news about the New Year Sale (tickets start at £10), full details on West End Live (their free event in Trafalgar Square) and the TKTS booth for last minute and discount tickets, open everyday. They are proud to support audiences and workforce of the future, so all profits go back into supporting the industry.

The Royal Opera House // The Royal Opera House wants to give everyone access to exceptional ballet and opera. As The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, they bring together the world’s most extraordinary artists in more than 500 performances every year on their two world-class stages. The Royal Opera House is open every day from 10am with a programme of daytime events, activities and festivals for people of all ages. Through award-winning music, dance and theatre they transport their audiences to other worlds.

Mousetrap Theatre Projects believes that theatre has the power to change lives. It’s a place for imagination, education and creativity – but not always an accessible one. Each year, they give 12,000 – 14,000 disabled and disadvantaged young people the chance to fall in love with theatre through access and education work. From playwriting projects to employability workshops, they use drama as a tool to educate, challenge and inspire young people and help them to achieve their full potential.


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our Ambassadors We are thrilled to be able to welcome you to TheatreCraft 2019 - the 14th annual gathering of enthusiastic young theatre-makers. Taking place in London’s famous Royal Opera House, along with neighbouring West End venues, TheatreCraft is a fantastic event that is only made possible by the generous support of the wonderful sponsors, host venues, theatre professionals and companies you’ll meet today. Whether you’re interested in a creative, technical or administrative career, there’s a role for everyone in the theatre industry and we’re confident that after today you’ll be well on your way to finding it. There are an abundance of roles in theatre, both on and off the stage, and TheatreCraft is here to introduce you Yamin Choudury to career options that you may not have known even Artistic Director, Hackney Empire existed. There are so many reasons why you should pursue a career in theatre – TheatreCraft is your opportunity to discover them.

Nadia Fall

Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East

We know it’s not the easiest industry to get into but trust us, it is so worth it. We’re all here today to inspire, guide and inform you about all of the careers the theatre world has to offer, so make the most of it!

Yamin Choudury, Nadia Fall and Michelle Terry


TheatreCraft is a totally unique opportunity, so: ask the questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to at the panel talks and Q&A sessions, or take part in some of the wide variety of workshops on offer. Take the opportunity to speak to the many industry professionals and education providers who will be in the marketplace throughout the day (which is also where you’ll be able to find out if you’ve won a pair of tickets to a Michelle Terry show this evening as part of the Ticket Giveaway!). Actor & Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe Finally, join us at 3pm for a panel discussion and Q&A, where we’ll be talking about our own experiences and why you should choose a career in theatre.

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How to use this programme With so much for you to get involved with at TheatreCraft 2019, here are some pointers to help you get the most out of your day.

Workshops & Talks

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The full workshop and talks schedule is on pages 10 - 14. Check this carefully so you know where and when to be for your preselected workshops and talks. Don’t worry if you’ve not signed up; head to the workshop 5 minutes before it starts and speak to the volunteer, who will try to fit you in. If you are heading to a meeting point, please get there 15 MINUTES before the session starts as these ones take a little longer to get to. If you are going straight to your workshop’s location, please ensure you arrive at least 5 MINUTES in advance of the start time. If you’re late, you may not be admitted.

Info Desk

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In the PAUL HAMLYN HALL is the INFO DESK where our team are on hand to help you find the location of a workshop or talk, give you tips for the day and answer any questions you might have. You can also grab your raffle ticket for the TICKET GIVEAWAY.

This evening!

Everyone who attends today will have the opportunity to enter our TICKET GIVEAWAY! To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see a major West End show this evening (including Wicked, Only Fools and Horses and Death of a Salesman) head over to the INFO DESK and get a raffle ticket from the volunteer. Winners will be announced at 2.45PM in the LINBURY FOYER, so don’t forget to check the board on your way to Ask The Ambassadors to see if you’ve won and to collect your tickets.



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Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre 07 March 2020 Birmingham Mac Arts 15 March 2020 3 hour workshop exploring technical theatre and a 1-2-1 interview about your interests. All levels of experience welcome. Bursaries available.

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to take your own photos, but please note that no photography is permitted in backstage areas, in auditoriums or during tours. If you are unsure, please ask one of our volunteers.

Filming & Photography Please note that our offical photographers and Media Team will be capturing the day through photography and film. If you don’t wish to be photographed, just ask for a green sticker at the registration desk or info desk. Please make sure this is visible at all times and can be seen by our photographers. Feel free

Ticket Giveaway Don’t forget to enter our Ticket Giveaway if you want to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see a West End show this evening. Head to the Linbury Foyer at 2.45pm to check if you’ve won and to collect your tickets (dinner is also included as every ticket comes with a FREE Farmstand box!)

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Production Manager

Musical Director

Company Manager

The Cast

Stage Manager

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Sound Technician


Lighting Technician


Wardrobe Manager

Set Make-up & Wigs

Deputy & Assistant Stage Managers Master Carpenter

Bars & Catering

Stage Door & Ushers

Development / Fundraising

Theatre Management

Housekeeping & Maintenance

Directors (Artistic and Executive)

Box Office



The Venue (These roles occur in many different configurations, depending on the venue & company)


Marketing & Press






You’re in or have left education, or working in an unrelated field, and making your first steps into the industry. These workshops will give you an introduction into different roles and give you some tips to help you get your foot in the door.


Already working in the industry but would like to move onto your next job? Or looking to make connections and network? You’re welcome to attend any workshop you’d like but will probably find these the most helpful.

Fly Tower Tour of The Royal Opera House Life as a Scenic Artist Offstage Careers; the Whos and the Whats (National Theatre)

Led by Lorna Robinson, Costume Supervisor, Morag Beaton, Stock Room Supervisor Royal Opera House; Meeting Point A

Royal Opera House; Amphi Corridor

Royal Opera House; Crush Room

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Kate Lovelock, Workforce Development Coordinator, Briony Berning-Pollard, Senior Lighting Resources Technician, Shankho Chaudhuri, Production Design Assistant, Carol Lingwood, Head of Costume, Tariq Rifaat, Production Manager, Gemma Tonge, Head of Company Management

Swords on Stage; Armoury at the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House; Conservatory

Technical Demo at the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House; Linbury Theatre

The Screen & The Stage; Video design for live performance

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by the Royal Opera House’s Head of Scenic Art, Emma Troubridge

Lyceum Theatre; Ambassador Lounge

The Designer's Process Explained

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by Rob Melhuish, Daily Team Manager (Flys)

Production Management for Immersive Theatre

The Art of Fundraising

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by Punchdrunk’s Production Manager, Andrea Salazar & Talent Development Programme Manager, Kadisha Williams

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by Daniel Walker, Head of Armoury at the Royal Opera House

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by the Royal Opera House Technical Team Novello Theatre; Schubert Bar

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by Eleanor Shakeshaft, Senior Philanthropy Manager of the English National Opera Novello Theatre; Ivor Bar

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by Nottingham Trent’s Senior Design for Performance Lecturer, Totie Driver Royal Opera House; Meeting Point C

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by Pete Wallace, Video Lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama


Costume Department Tour of the Royal Opera House

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Technical Tour Backstage at The Lion King Ballet Stage Management Tour, Royal Opera House Props Department Tour of the Royal Opera House

A 'How-to' Guide to Networking

Ask Us Anything about Arts Management

Ask Us Anything about Creative Careers

Ask Us Anything about Technical Careers

Costume Department Tour of the Royal Opera House Directing Immersive Theatre

Novello Theatre; Waldorf Bar

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by The Mandy Network’s Crew & Stage UK Business Development Executive, David Raper Royal Opera House; Linbury Foyer

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Led by award-winning playwright, Roy Williams Lyceum Theatre; Main Foyer

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Led by Nancy Shakerley, Disney Theatrical Group’s Education & Outreach Manager

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point A

Led by Johanna Adams Farley, Senior Stage Manager (Ballet)

11:00AM - 11:45AM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point C

Led by Antony Barnett, Head of Props & Louise Thomas, Deputy Head of Props at the Royal Opera House

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Lyceum Theatre; Ambassadors Lounge

Led by John Schwab, Actor, Director and Co-Founder of Curtain Call Royal Opera House; Crush Room

11:15AM - 12:15PM

With Delia Barker, Programmes Director at the Roundhouse, Paul Taylor-Mills, Artistic Director of the Turbine Theatre, Anthony Gray, Head of Programme at Fuel Theatre and Mat Burt, Creative Director of The Heritage Arts Company

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Royal Opera House; Linbury Theatre

With Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre, Suba Das, Artistic Director of HighTide Festival and Les Enfants Terribles producer, James Seager Royal Opera House; Linbury Foyer

11:15AM - 12:15PM

With Lee Batty, Technical Director at Really Useful Group, Freelance Lighting Programmer & Designer, Tamykha Patterson, Anya Tavkar, Production Manager of Somerset House and David Kett, Technical Supervisor at Royal Albert Hall

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B Led by Lorna Robinson, Costume Supervisor, Morag Beaton, Stock Room Supervisor Novello Theatre; Waldorf Bar

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Led by freelance Director, Miguel H Torres Umba


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Marketing a Show

Script to Stage; the role of the writer Staging the Extraordinary; Careers in Technical Theatre The Producer's Toolkit Theatre Journalism and Being a Critic Transforming the Stage; lighting, video & digital technology Backstage Tour of the Royal Opera House Technical Tour Backstage at The Lion King

Ask Us Anything about Apprenticeships & Pathways

Ask Us Anything about Stagecraft

Being an Agent

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Royal Opera House; Conservatory

Led by National Theatre’s Wigs, Hair & Make-up Senior Assistant, Kathy Adams

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point C

Led by Harry Lockyear, Account Manager at Dewynters Novello Theatre; Ivor Bar

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Led by freelance writer, Gbolahan Obisesan Cambridge Theatre

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Led by LW Theatres Novello Theatre; Schubert Bar

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Led by Polka Theatre / New International Encounter Producer, Sarah Crompton Royal Opera House; Amphi Corridor

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Led by Poet, Critic and Journalist, Bridget Minamore

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point A Led by Enrique Muñoz Jimenez, Lecturer in Visual Production at Rose Bruford College Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B

11:30AM - 12:15PM

Led by the Royal Opera House Backstage Team Lyceum Theatre; Main Foyer

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Led by Nancy Shakerley, Disney Theatrical Group’s Education & Outreach Manager Royal Opera House; Linbury Foyer

12:30PM - 1:30PM

With Bendy Ashfield, Apprenticeships Manager at Royal Opera House, Matthew Green, Production Coordinator at Mark Rubenstein Ltd, Sophie Naylor, Scenic Metal Fabricator Apprentice at National Theatre, Chris Gadd, Creative Venue Technician at White Light and Alex Jackson, Automation Apprentice at Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Opera House; Crush Room

12:30PM - 1:30PM

With Emma Troubridge, Head of Scenic Art and Fay Fullerton, Head of Costume at the Royal Opera House, and Louise Scholz-Conway, Costumier at Angels Novello Theatre; Ivor Bar

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Led by Imogen Sarre, Kirsten Foster, Laura Maniura from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd


Fantasy Make-Up Demonstration


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Novello Theatre; Waldorf Bar

Find Your Own Path; Being an Arts Professional

Led by Imwen Eke, freelance Digital Artist, Director & Creator

Led by freelance Lighting Designers, Johanna Town & Rory Beaton Novello Theatre; Schubert Bar

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Led by the Novello’s General Manager, Gloria Louis & Operations Manager, William Differ Royal Opera House; Conservatory

So you want to be a Producer? Tips for getting started

Led by Mercury Theatre Associate Producer, Dilek Latif Lyceum Theatre; Main Foyer

The Show Must Go On; An Introduction to Production Management

Backstage Tour of the Royal Opera House Approaches to Sound Design

Careers in Costume with the Royal Opera House

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Led by Nancy Shakerley, Disney Theatrical Group’s Education & Outreach Manager

The Design Challenge

You've written a play. What now? Tips for emerging playwrights

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Royal Opera House; Linbury Theatre

12:30PM - 1:45PM

Led by Sarah Waterman, Programme Manager and Ruth Paton, Designer at Royal Opera House Bridge

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Royal Opera House; Amphi Corridor

Led by Really Useful Group Technical Director, Lee Batty

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lyceum Theatre; Ambassadors Lounge

Led by freelance Writer, Shereen Jasmin Phillips Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B

12:45PM - 1:30PM

Led by the Royal Opera House Backstage Team Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by Xavier Velastin, freelance Sound Designer & Composer Royal Opera House; Amphi Corridor

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by the Royal Opera House Principal Costume Technician, Emily Jones and Costume Technicians, Soraya Parsa and Zlatka Halkova Lyceum Theatre; Ambassadors Lounge Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by The Thelmas Chief Executive, Guleraana Mir and Artistic Director & Founder, Madelaine Moore


Technical Tour Backstage at The Lion King

Doing It All; Writing, Producing & Directing

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point A

How to be a Lighting Designer

Running a Theatre

12:30PM - 1:30PM

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Novello Theatre; Schubert Bar

Getting Started in Stage Management

Led by Rob Young, Head of Technical Training at LAMDA Novello Theatre; Ivor Bar

Introduction to Writing

Led by Rajiv Pattani, freelance Lighting Designer Royal Opera House; Conservatory

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by Talia Jordan, freelance Make-up Artist Royal Opera House; Crush Room

The Essentials of Prop-making

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by Paul Brown, Head of Props at Glyndebourne Royal Opera House; Linbury Foyer

The Journey of the Director

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by Matthew Xia, Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company

This Way to the West End; How to become a commercial producer

Novello Theatre; Waldorf Bar

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by James Seabright, Producer of Seabright Productions

West End Wardrobe with Mamma Mia!

Novello Theatre; Auditorium

Backstage Tour of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point B

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by Ruth McCorkindale, Head of Wardrobe at Mamma Mia!

2:00PM - 2:45PM

Led by the Royal Opera House Backstage Team Royal Opera House; Meeting Point A

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Led by Rob Melhuish, Daily Team Manager (Flys) Royal Opera House; Meeting Point C

2:00PM - 2:45PM

Led by Antony Barnett, Head of Props & Louise Thomas, Deputy Head of Props at the Royal Opera House Royal Opera House; Linbury Theatre

3:00PM - 4:00PM

With Yamin Choudury, Artistic Director of Hackney Empire, Nadia Fall, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East & Michelle Terry, Actor & Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe


Ask the Ambassadors; Why choose a career in theatre?

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Royal Opera House; Meeting Point A

Make-up for the Stage

Props Department Tour of the Royal Opera House

1:45PM - 2:45PM

Led by Royal Central School of Speech & Drama Lecturer & Writer, Tristan Bernays

Lighting Design; From the page to the stage

Fly Tower Tour of The Royal Opera House

1:45PM - 2:45PM

The Marketplace


Please note that the workshops will depart from the meeting points fifteen minutes ahead of the workshop and latecomers will not be admitted.



All front of house areas have stepfree access – please ask an Usher or TheatreCraft Volunteer for directions

15. Almeida Theatre 03. Association of British Theatre Technicians 16. Association of Lighting Designers 39. Ambassador Theatre Group 33. BECTU 50. Curtain Call 48. Delfont Mackintosh Theatres 53. Dewynters 06. English National Opera 37. Get Into Theatre 28. Hawthorn 19. Devoted & Disgruntled 60. Les Enfants Terribles 22. LW Theatres 20. Mandy 58. Masterclass 56. Mousetrap Theatre Projects 21. National Theatre 25. National Youth Theatre of Great Britain 35. Opera Holland Park 47. Orange Tree Theatre 18. Pleasance Theatre Trust 46. Rose Theatre Kingston 55. Royal Opera House 57. Royal Shakespeare Company 13. Shakespeare’s Globe 40. Shure UK 02. SOLT/UK Theatre

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Stage One The Bamboo Manager Project The JMK Trust The Old Vic The Stage VAULT Festival Waldorf Hilton White Light

EDUCATION 23. Backstage Academy 51. Bath Spa University 14. Big Creative Education 29. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 45. East 15 Acting School 07. Federation of Drama Schools 08. Guildhall School of Music & Drama 42. LAMDA 04. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts 24. National College Creative Industries 12. National Film and Television School 43. Northern School of Art 17. Nottingham Trent University 31. Open Door 05. Plymouth College of Art 30. Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance 34. RADA 52. Royal Central School of Speech & Drama 44. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 10. Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 36. The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts 41. The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin 49. The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 23. The Northern School of Art 27. University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Arts 26. University of Derby 32. University of Wales Trinity Saint David



If you are feeling a bit shy, prepare a few questions you could ask a potential contact. Here are a few good ones:

“How did you ge t involved in the industry?” “What do you do


“Have you been to any other events like this recently?”

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Try to make yourself appear friendly and approachable - a smile can go a long way! We know it’s tempting, but try to keep away from the comfort of staring down at your phone.


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If you are listening to someone speak, really engage with the conversation -




showing real interest and curiosity will encourage your contact to give you more information. You’ve already made the best move you can – making sure you’re in the room with the right people! Places like TheatreCraft are ideal for networking with other creatives. After today, get yourself along to other events - lots of theatres host panel events and postshow talks where you can informally meet lots of other young people with the same interests, and ask questions to the people involved in making a show happen.

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Now you’ve started to make some connections and had a taster of what working in theatre could be like, this is our guide of what to do next to really get your career in theatre off to the perfect start...

Follow up on your notes! It’s so important to email the people you spoke to, follow them on social media, visit their websites, go and see the play they spoke about! Not only will this cement the relationship, they may think of you the next time they have a job opportunity... After all, no one likes

interviews - even the employers! Visit the websites of the exhibitors you’ve met here today. Sign up to their newsletters, find out what opportunities you can get involved with and follow the companies on social media to be the first to find out about their news and recruitment. If you can’t remember which stalls you visited, just check out the Marketplace tab on our website for the full list.

Have a look for work experience opportunities! Work experience is a great opportunity to learn more about your chosen career on the job. Lots of theatre companies and organisations can help you out, but we wouldn’t recommend accepting any unpaid jobs or internships!

When you start applying for jobs, don’t write one generic cover letter and send it to everyone. It is really

unimaginative and rarely gets you the job. Carefully consider the role specification and signpost how you meet the requirements. Also, if you met the employer at TheatreCraft, tell them!

If you can’t find work, make work. If you’re struggling to find work, there’s nothing to stop you writing your own script or collaborating with friends to create something new! Theatre is a really small industry everyone knows everyone. Don’t be

afraid to strike up a conversation. See the next page for some conversation starters...

Come back - and stay in touch! We miss you already. You may find yourself still hunting for the perfect job next year - and that’s totally fine and perfectly normal. Just come back to TheatreCraft 2020! Keep us up to date with your successes and your struggles - we’ll do everything we can to help.

Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media - we’ll keep you updated with news and info throughout the year.

Twitter - @TheatreCraft


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Thank You The organisers of TheatreCraft would like to extend their thanks to Yamin Choudury, Nadia Fall and Michelle Terry for being this year’s wonderful Ambassadors. We’d also like to thank the team at the Royal Opera House for hosting the event, as well as the Cambridge Theatre, Dewynters, Lyceum Theatre and Novello Theatre for generously hosting some of our workshop and talks programme. TheatreCraft would not be possible without the support of our Major Sponsor, White Light, Associate Sponsor, John Good and our media partner, Official London Theatre. We are enormously grateful to all the professionals who have kindly given up their time to run workshops, be part of talks and exhibit in the Marketplace, making today’s event possible. We would also like to thank Bryan Raven, William Differ, Gloria Louis, Philip Effemey, Nancy Shakerley, Max Shuell, Lili Sanchez, Harry Lockyear, Emily Castillo, Rosie Wallace, Farmstand, Zeynep Gunaydin, Tilly Penn and Alex Turner. Lastly, we’d like to thank all the producers and production teams who donated tickets to the Ticket Giveaway.

The Team

Media Team Lauren Crocker, Liza Heinrichs, Sophie O’Sullivan, Jordan Sheard & Sarah Wells

And of course, a huge thanks to all of our wonderful TheatreCraft volunteers! Partner Steering Group Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust: Blayne George and Hazel Kerr Society of London Theatre: Emma De Souza and Harriet Usher Royal Opera House: Greg Jauncey Mousetrap Theatre Projects: Susan Widdington and Bryony Relf


Project Manager Suzie Kirk Dumitru Event Coordinator Sarah Gillett Event Assistant Sam Harding Press Eva Mason Marketing & Graphic Design Ellen Walpole Outreach Leader Siobhan Walsh Website Holly Whytock Bookings Holly Whytock & Chris Perkins Event Photographer James Boyer Smith Assistant Photographer Eleanor McAlister-Dilks








































CAMBRIDGE THEATRE Earlham Street London WC2H 9HU *Meeting point is in the Royal Opera House foyer

DEWYNTERS* 125 Strand London WC2R 0HS (Entrance: Lancaster Place)

LYCEUM THEATRE 21 Wellington St London WC2E 7RQ



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