NEWS: 23 young producers make their West End debuts in Nimax Theatres’ Rising Stars Festival

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Twenty-three young theatre producers are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their work in the West End for the first time.

Their 17 productions – plays, musicals, concerts and one-off events – have attracted a whole range of performers from emerging talent to popular West End stars. The Rising Stars Festival will run from May to September in Nimax’s six theatres (the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace and Vaudeville).

Announcing Nimax’s festival today, chief executive Nica Burns said:

“I am delighted to be welcoming into the spotlight a galaxy of talented young producers – our rising stars making their West End debuts. Entrepreneurial, adventurous, creating shows during our lockdown days to entertain and inspire, attracting stellar performers. Usually behind the spotlight, few understand what a producer does. Without them, there are no shows. If these enterprising producers are the future of the West End, it’s looking good.”

The Rising Stars Festival runs alongside Nimax’s long-running shows and new summer programme. All Nimax’s long-running shows will have reopened by the autumn.

Burns added: “A big thank you to Oliver Dowden and the DCMS for awarding us a Cultural Recovery Fund grant which has enabled us to re-open all six of our theatres with social distancing, support the Rising Stars Festival and create hundreds of new jobs.”

SHOWS IN THE FESTIVAL AND THEIR FIRST-TIME PRODUCERS

  • 17-19 May  Drag Queens of Pop (Vaudeville Theatre)
    Producer David O’Reilly
  • 18 May-13 June  Cruise (Duchess Theatre)
    Producers Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson for Lambert Jackson Productions
  • 19 May-11 July  Death Drop (Garrick Theatre)
    Producers Ameena Hamid, Jamie Chapman Dixon and John-Webb Carter for Carter Dixon Productions
  • 22 & 23 May  Roles We’ll Never Play (Vaudeville Theatre)
    Producer Thomas Duern
  • 24 May  An Evening with Kathy Burke (Lyric Theatre)
    Producer David O’Reilly
  • 24 May  Intermissions Live (Vaudeville Theatre)
    Producers Alice Fearn & Kirk Jamieson
  • 24 May, 14 June and 5 July  Monday Night at the Apollo (Apollo Theatre)
    Producers Greg Barnett and Hugh Summers for Wild Mountain Productions Ltd
  • 27-30 May  Public Domain (Vaudeville Theatre)
    Producer Adam Lenson
  • 2-6 June  The Show Must Go On! (Palace Theatre)
    Producers Chris Marcus and Damien Stanton for Theatre Support Fund+ and Jack Maple and Brian Zeilinger for MZG productions
  • 7-13 June Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! (Vaudeville Theatre)
    Producers Robin Rayner and  James Quaife for New Frame Productions
  • 7 June  An Evening With Arlene Phillips (Duchess Theatre)
    Producer David O’Reilly
  • 10-13 June  West End Musical Celebration (Palace Theatre)
    Producers Shanay Holmes and Chris Steward for West End Musical Productions
  • 14 June  West End Live Lounge (Lyric Theatre)
    Producer Shaun McCourt
  • 21 June and 28 June  The Distance You Have Come (Apollo Theatre)
    Producers Sarah Evans for Sevans Productions and Krystal Lee
  • 28 June  The Wonderbirds Live (Duchess Theatre)
    Producer David O’Reilly
  • 15 July-30 August  Wonderment (Palace Theatre)
    Producers Stephen McGill, McGill Productions, John-Webb Carter and Jamie Dixon, Carter Dixon
    Productions, Piers Cottee-Jones, Piers Cottee-Jones Entertainment
  • 17 September-13 October  The Last 5 Years (Vaudeville Theatre)
    Producers Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Edward Prophet and People Entertainment Group, with Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP GROUP

Nica Burns is a multi-award winning producer of over 100 productions, including Everbody’s Talking About Jamie, currently at the Apollo Theatre. She was artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse from 1983 to 1989 and production director of Stoll Moss and Really Useful Theatres from 1993 to 2005. She founded Nimax Theatres in 2005 with her business partner Max Weitzenhoffer and co-owns the Palace, Lyric, Apollo, Garrick, Vaudeville and Duchess theatres. In January she was named Producer of the Year by The Stage.

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