Producer & General ManagerKenneth H Wax

Tom Chambers

Kenny is very proud to have produced the world premiere production of Top Hat which was the recipient of the Evening Standard Best Night Out Award and has received five Whatsonstage nominations including Best New Musical. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in business studies, Kenny started his career as an usher at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, at the beginning of the run of Miss Saigon back in September 1989. Twelve weeks later, he joined theatre advertising agency Dewynters and left there after a year to work for Cameron Mackintosh as a runner on Just So (Tricycle). His first producing credit was Kickin’ the Clouds Away at the King’s Head, where he was general manager for two years. Since then, Kenny has produced Once on This Island (Olivier Award for Best Musical, Royalty), The Shape of Things (New Ambassadors), Maddie (Lyric), The Gruffalo (Criterion, Lyric, Duchess and Apollo), We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Duchess), Room on the Broom (Lyric) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment, Vaudeville). He recently produced tours of The Witches of Eastwick starring Marti Pellow and Aspects of Love starring David Essex. Kenny has co-produced with PW Productions in the West End, and on tour, Stephen Daldry’s multi-award-winning NT production of J B Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls. He also produced The Challenge (Shaw) and The Ten Commandments (Place) (both with Mercury Workshop). Other touring credits as producer include: the NT production of Stiles and Drewe’s Olivier Award-winning musical Honk! directed by Julia McKenzie, Ben Elton’s Gasping starring David Haig, Gerald Moon’s Corpse, Something Wonderful – a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers starring Stephanie Cole, Rosemary Leach and Susannah York, My Boy Jack starring David Haig and Belinda Lang, Arsenic and Old Lace with Angela Thorne, Brigit Forsyth and Sylvester McCoy, Marrying the Mistress adapted from the Joanna Trollope novel, and Hobson’s Choice starring John Savident (co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre). Kids’ touring shows include: Mr Stink adapted from the book by David Walliams. He has been general manager for Pete Townshend’s rock opera Quadrophenia (world premiere), Chess in Concert for Tim Rice (Royal Albert Hall), Time of My Life for Cameron Mackintosh (Bristol Old Vic), The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall) and The Woman in Black for PW Productions for five years (Fortune). Most recently, the UK tours of Anthems starring West End star Kerry Ellis and legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, and Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher. Kenny’s next production will be What the Ladybird Heard based on the picture book by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks. Kenny dedicates this production of Top Hat to the memory of his late parents, without whose love, support and encouragement he would never have become a theatre producer.

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