director & Co-BookwriterMatthew White

Tom Chambers

Matthew studied English at Cambridge University before becoming an actor and, subsequently, a theatre director and writer. He has taught and directed at many of the leading theatre schools in London, including the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Directing includes:Top Hat (Aldwych and UK tour, Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal, Haymarket, three Olivier Award nominations), Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory and Duke of York’s,  three Olivier Award nominations), The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera, Peacock), The Woman in Black (English Theatre, Vienna), The Last 5 Years (Menier Chocolate Factory), Maria Friedman: by Special Arrangement (Donmar Warehouse), Rags (Bridewell), Closer Than Ever (Jermyn Street), Starting Here, Starting Now (Link), Mr Stink (Leicester Curve and UK tour), Carousel (Blackpool Grand and UK tour), Rent (English Theatre, Frankfurt), The Demon Headmaster (Bromley Churchill and UK tour), Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill, Newbury), Cabaret (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Perfect Wedding (English Theatre, Vienna) and Little Shop of Horrors (Stage West, Toronto). Also, Into the Woods, David Copperfield, Jack the Ripper, Hot Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, A Little Night Music, Iolanthe, Orpheus and Oklahoma! Theatre adaptations include: Top Hat, Mr Stink, Far from the Madding Crowd and Orpheus. Acting includes: Ragtime (Piccadilly, Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Chicago (Adelphi), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Shaftesbury), Les Misérables (Palace), Children of Eden (Prince Edward), Die Fledermaus (Arts), Cinderella (Old Vic), Awaking Beauty (Scarborough), The Glee Club (New Vic, Stoke); Passion (Bridewell) and Company (Southwark Playhouse). Film and television include: Law and Order: UK (ITV), Doctor Who and Judge John Deed (BBC) and A Christmas Carol (Hallmark/CBS). As a writer, his published work includes: Staging a Musical (A&C Black/Bloomsbury), Far from the Madding Crowd (Samuel French Ltd) and Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Night Before Christmas (all A&C Black/Bloomsbury).

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