Book by Mike James
UK Commercial Tour.
Produced by Arden Entertainment and Gardyne Theatre Dundee in Association with DC Thompson
Cast, creatives and trailer at:
‘Jackie The Musical will make you jump for joy'! (Quentin Letts- The Daily Mail)
'A huge theatrical hit, and a great night out for anyone who loves music, pop culture, and loves life' (Joyce Macmillan - The Scotsman)
‘Fizzes with vintage-tinged joy and life’ (Charlotte Runcie, The Telegraph)
‘Prosecco-fuelled fun in the Mamma Mia mould' (Mark Lawson- The Guardian)
‘Clever...joyous...What's not to love?’ (Michael Coveney- What's On Stage)
'The unadulterated glee that emanates throughout is life-affirming in every way' (Neil Cooper - Herald Scotland)
‘Embued with fun and love from start to finish' (Douglas Mayo - British Theatre.com)
‘Fabulous...slick...dazzling...hugely entertaining..A must-see musical!' (Emma Clayton- Bradford Argus)
‘The audience went wild and begged for more. Grab tickets if you can' (Jane Stirland - Coventry Telegraph)
Book by Arthur Kopit, Music by Cole Porter
UK Commercial Tour.
Produced by Music and Lyrics and The Touring Consortium
Cast, creatives and trailer at: http://www.highsocietymusical.com/
‘Large in scale but intimate in feel, director Anna Linstrum’s new touring production of High Society bursts onto the stage with a spring in its step. Precise…engaging…hilarious.’ (The Stage)
‘Charming, inventive and sparkling satiric. Beautifully crystallised.' (Irish Independent - Bord Gais Theatre)
‘the seamless production and musical charm make it thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted entertainment. The execution is near perfection.’ (Entertainment ie – Bord Gais Theatre)
‘For pure unadulterated glamour, High Society is hard to beat. Great dance routines, beautiful costumes, lavish sets and a happily-ever-after love story – what more could a traditional musical lover want?’ (Sheffield Times - Lyceum Sheffield)
‘A smart and witty, exuberant production!’ (Norwich Evening News - Theatre Royal)
‘The production of this show cannot be faulted’ (Broadway World - Kings Glasgow)
Production photographs taken by Pamela Raith
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon
Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto / Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.
Produced by Edinburgh Theatre Trust and Mirvish Productions Toronto
‘A superb series of performances from Anna Linstrum’s wonderful 20-strong cast. Gorgeous, polished, haunting, intelligent and deeply dramatic piece of music theatre, spectacular in scale, beautifully performed, and powerfully directed.' (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)
‘Sometimes a show that proves problematic in its initial production returns in a much altered and improved later production. That seems to be the case with The Secret Garden. Anna Linstrum deserves top marks.' (Broadway World)
‘A thoroughly entertaining production that leaves few eyes dry in the house.’ (The Stage)
Cast, creatives and information at:
A Brief Biography:
Originally from Leeds, I am a UK-based theatre director and writer, with a love of modern classic plays and a speciality in musical theatre.
I have over fifteen years experience as a director. I started as an assistant, then became an associate/resident, taking in various staff directing jobs along the way, including at The Traverse Edinburgh, The Tricycle London, and The Royal National Theatre.
Since then I have worked in the West End, on UK Tours, in Toronto, and on Broadway.
I am currently writing a musical with the Tony Award winning composer Lucy Simon, and developing a music theatre piece which was commissioned by the Unicorn Theatre, London.
My current production is Jackie The Musical which is touring the country until July 2016.
I drive a 20 year-old BMW. And I’ve got an allotment.
Book by Maureen Chadwick, Music and Lyrics by Kath Gotts
Coventry Belgrade / Richmond Theatre Royal/Theatre Royal Brighton.
Produced by Big Broad in association with Arden Entertainment and Coventry Belgrade.
Hilarious, imaginative…director Anna Linstrum keeps up the pace and a fine cast doesn’t flag. Rosemary Ashe gets an exit song that’s worth the price of the admission alone. A very likeable new musical that’s as sneakily subversive as it is jolly good fun.
(British Theatre Guide)
A winning take on schoolgirl passions. Feisty, punchy, with a sharp band and spot on choreography. Rosemary Ashe shines, and the support cast effortlessly match the leads.
(Independent 4 * * * *)
Smart, slick, with foot-tapping tunes... This fast-paced, energetic production is directed by the ever-impressive Anna Linstrum (London Theatre)
This new musical comedy has all the heart-warming elements of those noble and charming girls’ boarding school novels of yesteryear; laced with hearty humour, sing-able songs and nifty dance routines.
(What’s On Warwickshire/Birmingham: 5* * * * *)
Light, frothy nostalgic fun.. a refreshing all-female musical that’s lashings of jolly good fun.
(Coventry Telegraph 4 * * * * )
Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.
By Charles Way, Designed by Chloe Lamford, Lighting by Ace McCarron.
'The cast are universally charming.. A stunning show.' (* * * * The Guardian)
'Part chilling drama, part pure panto, The Snow Queen is this winter's must-see treat, a warming respite from the icy December evening outside, aided by inspired props and startling special effects, the small cast tirelessly charms, delights and unnerves us'. (Metro)
'Funny, sometimes frightening, and hugely entertaining, the show kept me and the three eight-year-olds accompanying me engrossed. A seasonal magical show.' (South Wales Argus)
By David Wood from Roald Dahl
Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Actor-Musician Show.
'Director Anna Linstrum has produced an alluring piece of theatre that uses seagulls on sticks, umbrella jellyfish and a huge inflatable octopus plus a cast who dexterously manipulate themselves and their props into impossibly ridiculous yet amazingly credible scenarios.' (The Stage)
'Colourful and hugely entertaining. A joy throughout'. (Oxford Times)
'Beautifully done, the talent on stage is outstanding' (Wiltshire Gazette and Herald).
Full details of cast and crew on Watermill Theatre website.
With Jeremy Sams:
The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein: London Palladium, UK Tours, Toronto Ontario. (Really Useful Group / David Ian Productions)
I also directed the North American Premier of the above show, in Toronto, produced by Mirvish Productions.
The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein: Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbay Productions) Starring Daniel Day Kim and Maria Friedman.
Noises Off by Michael Frayn: Royal National Theatre, UK Tours, Broadway New York. (NT and Ambassadors Theatre Group)
I also directed the recast of Noises Off at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway.
Little Britain Live! : UK Stadium Tour (Phil McIntyre)
As Resident Director in the West End:
Spend Spend Spend by Justin Greene and Steve Brown: Piccadilly Theatre and UK Tour (Pola Jones) Starring Barbara Dickson
Benefactors by Michael Frayn: Albery Theatre ,(ATG / Sonia Friedman)
See You Next Tuesday by Ronald Harwood, Albery Theatre, starring Ardal O/Hanlan and Nigel Havers. (ATG/Sonia Friedman)
As Staff Director at The Royal National Theatre:
Noises Off, Lyttleton and tour. Various casts.
The Heiress, Lyttleton and tour. dir. by Phillip Franks, starring Eve Best and Alan Howard
As an assistant:
The Cocktail Party by TS Eliot, (Edinburgh Festival Theatre and UK Tour). Dir. Philip Franks
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams (Comedy Theatre) Dir. Sean Mathius, starring Rachel Weisz and Gerard Butler.
Productions as Guest Director:
Into The Woods - 3rd Yr Musical Theatre course, Guildford School of Acting.
Next To Normal - Royal Academy of Music MA course in Musical Theatre.
Jesus Christ Superstar - 3rd Yr Musical Theatre student, Guildford School of Acting.
Tennessee Williams Short Plays - 3rd Yr Acting , Oxford School of Drama
Our Country's Good - 2nd Yr Acting, Rose Bruford College
Writing for Musical Theatre - Advanced Theatre Practice course, Guildford School of Acting, MA students.
Audition / text workshops - Oxford School of Drama
A music theatre adaptation written by me and commissioned by The Unicorn Theatre, London. The original novel which inspired it is written by the wonderful Nicola Morgan.
Set in the murky underworld of 1830's Edinburgh, it is a tale of early surgery, body snatching, death, and ultimately...redemption.
A live on-stage band supports the story with song and energy. The show is for an audience of all ages, but be warned: tiny tots will be scared!
This production is in development.
Ballet Shoes is set in London in the 1930s. It is a story of three orphans who strive to find their paths in life, while also saving their family from being broken apart through lack of money. Partly set in a stage school, it is a story about realising your ambitions, be they acting, dancing... or flying a plane!
This is a new family musical I am developing with the composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden / Dr Zhivago), inspired by the classic novel by Noel Streatfeild. I am writing the book and lyrics and Lucy Simon is writing the music.
Tennessee's Women - 5-part adaptation for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour
The Custom of the Country - an adaption of Edith Wharton's novel
For the Traverse Theatre:
Croniques des jours entiers des nuits entieres by Xavier Durringer
Surfeurs by Xavuer Durringer
Jackie The Musical (Mike James) Arden Entertainment in association with Gardyne Dundee and DC Thomson. UK No 1 Tour.
Into The Woods (Stephen Sondheim) GSA Ivy Arts Centre, Guest Director.
Crush: The Musical (Kath Gotts/Maureen Chadwick) Coventry Belgrade and Tour
High Society (Arthur Kopit / Cole Porter) UK Tour starring Michael Praed and Daniel Boys.
The Secret Garden (Marsha Norman / Lucy Simon) Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto / Edinburgh.
Next To Normal (Brian Yorkey / Tom Kitt) The Royal Academy of Music, London.
James and The Giant Peach (David Wood adaptation) Watermill Theatre, actor-musician show.
Jesus Christ Superstar (Webber/Rice) Guest Director, GSA, Ivy Arts Centre.
The Snow Queen (Charles Way) Sherman Cymru Christmas show.
Billy Liar (Waterhouse/Hall) - UK No.1 Tour, starring Ralf Little, Ambassadors Theatre Group
The Sound of Music (Rodgers and Hammerstein) - North American premiere of the original Palladium production.
Noises Off (Michael Frayn) - Broadway remount.
Noises Off (Frayn) UK tour/Comedy Theatre London remount.
Spend Spend Spend (Brown/Greene) - UK Tour remount of original Piccadilly production
I Confess (new writing) - site specific, audience-immersion piece, Hoxton Hall.
Brilliant Lies (David Williamson) - UK Premier, Rosemary Branch (fringe) London
Our Country's Good (Timberlake Wertenbaker) Guest Director, Rose Bruford College of Music and Drama.
Keats in Limbo (Cathal Quinn) - new play, fringe London
Bruises (Judy Upton) - Scottish Premier with my own fringe company, Dogstar.
The Good Times Will Come (by Stewart Harcourt) - Scottish Premier with my own fringe company, Dogstar
Associate/Resident work includes:
The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, The King and I at the The Royal Albert Hall, Little Britain Live - UK Tour, The Heiress at The Royal National Theatre, See You Next Tuesday - Albery Theatre, West End. Please see Associate Director page in the main picture-menu for further shows.
Amanda Evans at
Scott Marshall Partners,
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London N1 7ED
Jack Tantleff at
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