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Andrew Lloyd Webber ­ Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber is composer of theatre works Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jeeves (later reworked as By Jeeves), Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday (later combined as Song & Dance), Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, and The Beautiful Game. He has composed music for the films Gumshoe and The Odessa File, additional music for the film of Evita, and a Requiem (a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass.) His other theatre productions include Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, both Olivier Award winners, and he produced the musical Bombay dreams in London on 2002. He is sole owner of the Really Useful Group whose management, in addition to producing his own work, is active in developing and producing the works of other writers.
The Really Useful Group is co-owner of Really Useful Theatres, London¹s largest proprietor of West End theatres, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the London Palladium and The Palace.
His Awards include six Broadway Tony Awards, three British Grammy Awards, five British Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Music Theatre and the Critics¹ Circle award for Best Musical 2000. He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997, becoming The Lord Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton.

T.S Eliot ­ Poet
Thomas Sterns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, on September 26, 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Merton College, Oxford.
Eliot¹s book of poems, Old Possum¹s Book of Practical Cats appeared in October 1939. ŒPossum¹ was Eliot¹s alias among his friends. His ther works include; Sweeney Agonistes, The Rock, Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion and Four Quartets. Eliot received the Order of Merit in January 1948 and in the autumn of the same year was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Among many other honours and distinctions he was an Officier de la Legion d¹Honneur.
T.S Eliot died in London in January 1965. There is a memorial to him in Poet¹s Corner, Westminister Abbey, beside Tennyson and Browning.

Trevor Nunn ­ Director
Trevor Nunn was educated at Downing College, Cambridge and in 1962 he won an ABC Director's Scholarship to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where, as resident director, his productions included The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Peer Gynt and a musical version of Around the World in Eighty Days. In 1964 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was made an Associate Director in 1965, and became the company's youngest ever Artistic Director in 1968. He retired from the RSC in 1986.
His productions for the RSC included The Revenger's Tragedy, The Relapse, The Alchemist, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, Henry VIII, Hamlet, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well, Once In a Lifetime, Three Sisters, Juno and the Paycock, Othello, The Blue Angel and Measure For Measure With his colleague, John Caird, he co-directed Nicholas Nickleby (winner of five New YorkTony Awards); JM Barrie's Peter Pan and Les Miserables, which won eight Tony Awards and has become the most performed musical in the world.
In 1982, he opened the RSC's new London home, the Barbican Theatre, with his production of Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I and II. 1986 saw the opening of the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon which he conceived and for which he directed one of the finest productions, The Fair Maid of the West.
Outside the RSC, he has directed the Tony award-winning Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard for Andrew Lloyd Webber; Chess, The Baker's Wife, Timon of Athens and Heartbreak House. At Glyndebourne he has directed Idomeneo, Porgy and Bess, Cosi fan tutte and Peter Grimes and at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden Porgy and Bess (revival) and Katya Kabanova.
For the Royal National Theatre, he has directed Arcadia, An Enemy of the People, Mutabilitie, Not About Nightingales, Oklahoma!, Betrayal, Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice, Albert Speer, The Cherry Orchard, My Fair Lady and The Relapse.
His television work includes Antony and Cleopatra (winner of a BAFTA award), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Three Sisters, Nicholas Nickleby (winner of an Emmy Award) Word of Mouth, Othello and Porgy and Bess. He has directed three films: Hedda, Lady Jane and Twelfth Night. Trevor Nunn is currently the Director of London's Royal National Theatre.

Gillian Lynne ­ Associate Director and Choreographer
Gillian Lynne was a leading soloist with Sadler's Wells Ballet, as well as the London Palladium's principal dancer and Errol Flynn's co-star. When she turned to choreography, she was instrumental in the development of British jazz dance, leading to her groundbreaking work on film, television and stage. Gillian Lynne¹s 50-plus Broadway and West End shows include Tonight at Eight, Once Upon a Time, The Match Girls, Tomfoolery, Jeeves Takes Charge, Cabaret, What The World Needs Now, Gigi, and Dick Whittington. For the Royal Shakespeare Company she has directed The Boyfriend, co-directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and staged The Comedy of Errors, The Way of the World, As You Like It, Once in a Lifetime and The Secret Garden. As Choreographer and Stager her numerous productions include The Roar of the Greasepaint, Pickwick, How Now Dow Jones, The Ambassador, The Card, Phil The Fluter, Hans Christian Andersen, The Yeomen of the Guard, My Fair Lady, and Songbook but she is best known for her worldwide direction/choreography of Cats, and her staging of Phantom of the Opera. Her opera works includes The Trojans, The Flying Dutchman and Bluebeard, and her ballets Fool on the Hill, Lippizaner, The Brontes, Some You Win, Journey (for the Bolshoi), and A Simple Man which won her a BAFTA. Her BBC production of Morte d'Arthur received the Samuel Engel Award. She staged many Muppet shows, and her 11 feature films include Half-a-Sixpence, Man of La Mancha and Yentl. She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1997.

John Napier ­ Designer
John Napier studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Arts and subsequently theatre design at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under Ralph Koltai. He is an associate designer of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Notable productions for the RSC include Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Once In a Lifetime, The Greeks, Nicholas Nickleby, Hedda Gabler, Peter Pan and Mother Courage. His productions for the Royal National Theatre include Peter Shafter's Equus, later seen worldwide, Trelawny of the 'Wells', An Enemy of the People, Peter Pan, Candide and South Pacific. John Napier's designs for opera include Lohengrin and Macbeth for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Idomeneo for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Devils for English National Opera and Nabucco for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In musical theatre he has designed Cats, Starlight Express, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. These productions have been presented on Broadway and around the word. Other designs in LOndon include Time, Children of Eden and Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyceum. Mr Napier designed the Captain EO video starring Michael Jackson for Disney. He designed and co-directed the spectacular Siegfried and Roy Show at The Mirage in Las Vegas, followed by Steven Speilberg's film Hook. He created Burning Blue at the Haymarket (1996 Olivier award for Best Set design), The Tower and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? both at the Almeida, the new production of Martin Guerre and the musical version of Jane Eyre on Broadway. John Napier's design awards include three Society of London Theatre Laurence Olivier awards, a BAFTA and five New York Tony awards, for Nicholas Nickleby, Cats, Starlight Express, Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard. Mr Napier is a member of the American Academy of Achievement and in 1996 was elected Royal Designer for Industry.

David Hersey ­ Lighting Designer
David Hersey has designed the lighting for over 250 plays, musicals, operas and ballets. His work has been seen in most corners of the globe and his many awards include Tonys for Evita, Cats and Les Miserables and a Laurence Olivier Award for Lighting in 1996. His work has been represented in London's West End by Cats, Starlight Express, Les Miserables and My Fair Lady. He has also been active in the world of theme parks in Florida and Italy as well as lighting extravaganzas at The Mirage, Treasure Island and Belaggio hotels in Las Vegas. He is founder of DHA Lighting, which concentrates on the design and manufacture of specialist lighting. For ten years he was lighting consultant to the Royal National Theatre and is past Chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers. David has recently returned from a two-year sabbatical during which he travelled over 38,000 miles around the world.

Jo-Anne Robinson ­ Adapted Direction and Choreography
Jo-Anne trained in all aspects of theatre in London, winning scholarships to further her studies until graduating with a teachers diploma, after which she performed on the West End in various musicals and television shows utilising all her skills. She has worked with Australian, American and English choreographers and directors on productions as diverse as No No Nanette, Billy, Flowers For Algernon, Minnie¹s Boys, A Chorus Line and Oklahoma! in England; Song and Dance, Little Shop Of Horrors, Phantom Of The Opera and Miss Saigon in Australia. She has choreographed The Hunting Of The Snark and Aspects Of Love in both Australia and England (the latter for the British Tour) and assisted Gillian Lynne and Trevor Nunn on CATS in London, New York, Vienna, and has recreated the production in Germany, Asia and Australia. Jo-Anne has also choreographed the musical NINE with husband John Diedrich directing: the Logies and People¹s Choice TV productions in Australia. Also choreographing scenes, as required, in various mini-series and films. For eight years, Jo-Anne was Resident Director and Choreographer on Australia¹s longest running musical Phantom of the Opera, during which she studies Italian and Fine Arts and also worked with acclaimed Australian director Gale Edwards on Manon Lescaut, for Opera Australia and the workshop of The Boy From Oz. Then she conceived, choreographed and directed Chinois, a production for Chinese acrobats in Beijing. She choreographed scenes for the film Noah¹s Ark and worked on the production of Romeo et Juliette for Opera Australia in March 1999. Work on the mini-series Journey to the Centre of the Earth preceded her adapted choreography and direction for the Australasian production of Cats Runaway to the Circus. This year Jo-Anne directed Mack and Mabel. Her most recent work was The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Really Useful Group Ltd in Beijing starring Elaine Paige and Kris Phillips.

Fiz Shapur ­ Musical Supervisor
After pursuing a classical training Fiz has worked in many different fields of the music and theatre industry as a Musical Director in London for over twenty years, both in theatre and television. His theatre experience covers a wide range of musicals that include Working, 110 in the Shade, Company, Sweet Charity, and the London premieres of Merrily We Roll Along, and Little Shop of Horrors. He spent three years conducting Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre with a brief excursion to the Donmar Warehouse for the Kander and Ebb celebration How Lucky Can You Get, followed by the ill-fated King at the Piccadilly Theatre. After the UK tour of the National Theatre production of Guys and Dolls he spent a happy year conducting the Zurich production of Cats before returning for the acclaimed new production of Aspects of Love that returned to the Prince of Wales theatre. He then went on to be Musical Director for Five Guys Named Moe. Most recently he was Musical Director for the London Premiere of The Best of Times, the new Jerry Herman revue. Fiz is also a Musical Supervisor for The Really Useful Group. On the "other" side, as a Music Director / Pianist, Fiz has worked with many Jazz / Cabaret and Pop artists across the UK, Europe, and the USA, ranging from Adelaide Hall and Elizabeth Welch, to Shalamar, Candi Staton, The Three Degrees, The Supremes, Rose Royce, Sister Sledge, Leo Sayer, The Trammps, The Real Thing, Odyssey, Tavares and Jocelyn Brown. Fiz also composes and arranges for television, and was seen recently as Musical Director for the BBC series Bob Monkhouse on the Spot.

Björn Lehnberg - Sound Design
Björn Lehnberg has been a sound designer since the mid of the 70¹s and has toured with artists like Ted Gärdestad, Tomas Ledin, Eva Dahlgren, Jerry Williams, Ulf Lundell etc. In the beginning of the 80¹s he had the pleasure to work with ABBA on their TV-show "Dick Cavett meets ABBA" which started the beginning of a long co-operation with Björn Ulveus and Benny Andersson and their musicals "Chess" and "Kristina från Duvemåla. Björn also made the sound design to the great success concert B&B with music written by Björn and Benny. One of his latest assignments is the Swedish musical "Jerka" where he once again worked with Jerry Williams.

Stephen Wickham - Associate Lighting Designer
Began lighting theatre in 1978 at Salisbury Playhouse UK. Became resident lighting designer for theatre companies in Cheltenham and Plymouth followed by three years with English National Opera Lighting Department at the London Coliseum and as a freelance designer.
Relocated to Perth Australia in 1987 and designed numerous works for the WA State Opera, The State Ballet and The State Theatre Company. Received critical acclaim during this time for his work with contemporary dance choreographer Chrissie Parrott. Relocated to Sydney in 1995. Sydney credits include: Aida, Carmen, The Force of Destiny, Romeo et Juliette, La Boheme and Simon Boccanegra for Opera Australia at Sydney Opera House. For The Australian Ballet: At The Edge Of Night, Sydney, Melbourne and New York. For Meryl Tankard: The Deep End and Possessed for the Adelaide and Sydney Festivals. For The Melbourne Festival and Opera Australia: Orlando.
Stephen has also designed numerous works for Sydney Theatre Company and several large-scale exhibitions. He has designed gala productions for The Pacific Rim Forum in Bangkok, Shanghai, at The Handover of Hong Kong and The Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Recent credits include concerts for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing and Shanghai, a Meryl Tankard production for Tiffany & Co at The Museum of Natural History in New York City, a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber¹s musical CATS staged for the first time in the open air at the Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon and La Boheme for the West Australian Opera in Perth.

Stefan Lombard ­ Musical Director
Has been involved with music from an early age. He made his solo debut with the CAPAB Orchestra at the age of sixteen, resulting in a personal invitation from the late Steven de Groote to study piano at the Arizona State University. Stefan went on to study music at the University of Cape Town, receiving a degree in Piano Performing. Subsequently, he studied abroad at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester England. His classical background, combined with his interest in more contemporary musical styles has presented him with opportunities to work and record with a wide variety of performers in various styles. His recent theatrical events include Carousel, Divine Divas, Old Wicked Songs, Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I Love You, You¹re Perfect, Now Change. He was also the musical director for the Vita award winning production of Honk! The Ugly Duckling, directed by Anthony Drewe and supervised by composer, George Stiles. Stefan also does work for television and stays constantly busy as pianist, musical director and arranger.

Tim McFarlane ­ Managing Director
Tim McFarlane is Managing Director of the The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and is responsible for The Really Useful Group¹s activities in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa.
Prior to joining RUC Asia Pacific, Tim was General Manager of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and the world renowned Adelaide Festival from 1986 to 1994. Tim produced many theatre events while at the AFCT, including co-producing with John Frost the acclaimed production of The King and I, a production of South Pacific which toured Australia and Hong Kong. Tim also co-produced with Helen Montague the Australian and New Zealand tour of 42nd Street, beyond its Sydney season.
Since starting with Really Useful Tim has produced productions of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Australia and Asia including the company¹s first production in China, a first for a Western entertainment company. Tim was president of the Entertainment Industry Employers Association, Australia¹s national theatre industry body, from 1992 to 1994 and is currently a member of the Executive Council. He is also a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust and on the National Councils of Musica Viva and the Adelaide Festival.

Kerry Comerford ­ General Manager
Kerry has over 20 years experience in the arts and entertainment industry.
She has worked for many of Australia's leading theatrical companies including, the MLC Theatre Royal, The State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust. As Executive Producer for the AFCT she was responsible for the national and international tour of Me and My Girl, the Australian tour of Stephen Berkoff's One Man and the national tour of Hello Dolly.
In 1996 Kerry joined the The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific as Executive Producer. For RUC Asia Pacific she has been Executive Producer for Cats, the Australian and Asia tour of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1996 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat for New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2001 Kerry was appointed General Manager for The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific and continued in her role as Executive Producer for The Phantom of the Opera in South Korea, the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, in Beijing and Shanghai, the Australian Production of The Graduate and Cats Tour to Lebanon, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.

The Really Useful Group Limited
The Really Useful Group Limited (RUG) was founded in 1977 by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is an established international entertainment company actively involved in theatre, film, video and concert production, licensing and merchandising, and record and music publishing. The group is also co-owner of Really Useful Theatres which is London¹s largest proprietor of West End theatres, thirteen in total, including the London Palladium, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Her Majesty¹s Theatre, the Adelphi Theatre and the Palace Theatre, all in the heart of the capital¹s theatre-land.
The Really Useful Group Limited is a UK based company with its head office in London and offices in New York and Sydney.
The Really Useful Group Limited produces, co-produces and licences theatrical productions world-wide. At the heart of the business lie the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber; these include: The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Aspects of Love, By Jeeves, Evita, Song & Dance, Sunset Boulevard and The Beautiful Game.
The Really Useful Group Limited theatre productions have long been synonymous with excellence in performance and production. These outstanding stage musicals are also remarkable for their abiding durability. Cats, which opened in London in 1981, is the longest running musical in theatre history; it has played in over 20 countries world-wide, including every major city in the USA, Australia and Japan, and many European capitals. Cats closed in London on the 11th May 2002 completing an amazing run of 21 years.
The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber¹s production of A R Rahman¹s Bombay Dreams, took place at London¹s Victoria Apollo theatre on 19th June 2002.
Bombay Dreams is a stage show set against the background of the Bollywood film industry. The book of Bombay Dreams is by Meera Syal and the lyrics by Don Black. The show is directed by Steven Pimlott with production design by Mark Thompson. Choreography is by Anthony Van Laast and Farah Khan. Musical supervision is by Christopher Nightingale.

The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific
The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific (RUC) is a fully owned subsidiary of the London based The Really Useful Group Ltd (RUG), which is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based in Sydney, RUC Asia Pacific is responsible for RUG¹s activities in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa, including producing, co-production and licensing.
Past RUC Asia Pacific productions in Australia have included Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard and Cats.
In October 1999 RUC Asia Pacific opened the first full-scale musical to tour regional Australia in a circus style Big Top in the Northern Territory. The production of Cats played for 15 months to nearly 500,000 people. Following this success in June 2001, in conjunction with GFO and SEL, RUC Asia Pacific opened a brand new production of Grease, which ran until February 2002 and followed this up with a production of the Australian musical Shout! with Jacobsen Entertainment.
In Asia RUC Asia Pacific has presented Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cats. Recent productions include The Phantom of the Opera in Korea and Cats in South Africa. There are also licensed productions of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar currently playing in Japan.
In September and October 2001 RUC Asia Pacific presented its first production in China. The production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber was presented to capacity audiences in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People and in Shanghai at the Shanghai Grand Theatre and was subsequently telecast nationally on Chinese Central Television and in Hong Kong.
RUC Asia Pacific has also made initial forays into the Middle East with the current International Touring production of Cats presenting the production at the Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon in July 2002 before the production moved on have successful seasons in Malaysia in October 2002 and Korea in January and February 2003.

International Touring Company Company
Manager Simone Condon
Stage Manager Ronel Jordaan
Deputy Stage Manager Lindsey McEvoy
Resident Director Paul Warwick Griffin
Dance Captains Duane Alexander and Emma Delmenico
Musical Director Stefan Lombard
Keyboard II David Taljaard
Guitar/Bass Bruce Muirhead
Drums Heindrick Kruse
Technical Co-ordinator Theresa Famularo
Head Mechanist Robert Laverick
Asst. Technical Stage Manager Cameron Malacari
Lighting Supervisor Hunter Frith
Wardrobe Supervisor Darren Noyes
Wigs Supervisor Colin Muir
Wigs Dresser Madelein Krugell
Physiotherapist Louis Fourie

Cats Production Team

Producer Tim McFarlane
Executive Producer Kerry Comerford
Associate Producer Torben Brookman
Associate Director and Choreographer Jo-Anne Robinson
Production Musical Supervisor Fiz Shapur
System Sound Technician David Letch Associate
Lighting Designer Stephen Wickham
Wigs and Make-up Supervisor Roslyn Camuglia
Costume Supervisor Ron Morrison

The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific

Managing Director Tim McFarlane
General Manager Kerry Comerford
Associate Producer Allie McCann
Production Coordinator Torben Brookman
Chief Accountant Dawn Brown Accounts
Assistant Olivera Colman Accounts
Assistant Janna Parfenova
Receptionist Tanya Stein
Corporate Counsel Sonya Veltman

The Really Useful Group Limited
Director Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director William Taylor
Director Jonathan Hull
Director Jonathon Wheeldon

System Sound ­ Peter Grubb
Adelaide Festival Centre Scenic Workshop
Phil Duncan and ATS Logistics