SHOSHANA BEAN: LIVE IN THE WEST END
In August 2010 Hugh produced, along with Jason Haigh-Ellery and Christopher D. Clegg, the West End debut appearance of Broadway star Shoshana Bean at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.
Shoshana Bean is best known for her being the first person to take over the role of Elphaba from Idina Menzel in the Broadway production of WICKED. Prior to this she was in the original cast of HAIRSPRAY. She also reprised her performance as Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked in 2006. In 2008 her debut album SUPERHERO hit #5 on the US iTunes R&B charts.
The concert featured special guest appearances from Oliver Tompsett, Dianne Pilkington, Gavin Creel, Michael Arden, and Daniel Boys.
Click here for the show's minisite to see the poster.
Click here to see photos of the 11pm performance by Matt Crockett.
Click here for Mark Shenton's blog entry featuring commentary on Shoshana's concert.
COMING HOME by ATHOL FUGARD
In June 2010 Hugh produced, with Protean Productions Ltd, the UK premiere of Athol Fugard's Coming Home at the Arcola Theatre.
Coming Home is the sequel to Athol Fugard's 1996 play Valley Song, and continues the story of Veronica Yonkers. The play shows her returning home with her son Mannetjie, and her struggle to create a future for him despite their unfortunate circumstances and her steady demise from the AIDS she has contracted in Cape Town.
The Production featured acclaimed performances from Cat Simmons, David Judge, and Nadim Sawalha, and was directed by sir Peter Hall's long-time Associate Director Cordelia Monsey.
"Cordelia Monsey's tender production is illuminated by Cat Simmons's strong-willed Veronica and by David Judge as her gawky, illiterate friend."
Sunday Times ★★★
Click here for the show's website - with more information and reviews.
THE EARLY BIRD by LEO BUTLER
In February 2010 Hugh presented, for Natural Shocks Ltd, the Great Britain Premiere of Leo Butler's The Early Bird at the Finborough Theatre.
The production was directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, assistant to Michael Boyd on the RSC's Histories season. Noted for its ambitious design elements, as well as its excellent performances from real life husband and wife Alex Palmer and Catherine Cusack, the show made a successful transfer to Project Arts Centre in Dublin.
"the electrifying London Fringe premiere"
★★★★ Independent on Sunday CRITIC'S CHOICE.
"Donnacadh O'Briain's fiercely coherent production"
★★★ Michael Billington, The Guardian.
BOFFOONERY: a Comedy Benefit in Aid of Bletchley Park
In November 2009 Hugh acted as General Manager and Consultant Producer for Boffoonery! a comedy benefit in aid of Bletchley Park at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
The show was a sell out success, and featured performances from Simon Singh, Dave Gorman, Johnny Ball, Richard Herring, Maggie Philbin, Lawrence and Gus, Robert Llewllyn, Punt and Dennis, James Bachman, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, John Finnemore, Robin Ince, and was introduced by a (pre-recorded) Stephen Fry.
The show was produced by Jason Gorman for Codemanship, in association with Beth Richards and David Tyler for Pozzitive Television. The show was written by James Cary, and directed by David Tyler.