Shane studied in Los Angeles with The Maurice Kosloff School of Method Acting and studied ‘Comedy in Film’ with M.K. Lewis.
Shane’s extensive theatre credits include: starring as Danny Zuko in the West End production of Grease which broke all box office records, followed by another sell-out season at the Manchester Palace Theatre. Shane followed this with Boogie Nights which he co-wrote and co-produced in the West End and on a national UK theatre tour.
Shane then played Randle Patrick McMurphy in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest taking over from Christian Slater, and Ebenezer Scrooge in the smash-hit musical Scrooge which again broke box office records. Further credits include: Masquerade, The Trials of King Arthur, Stand up and Be Counted, Class Enemy, Who Killed Captain Scarlett?, Lone Star, and the critical acclaimed Private Wars at the King’s Head Islington.
His numerous television credits include: Fagin in Oliver Twist - a BBC1 Christmas Special; the two-hour ITV dramas What We Did on Our Holidays, followed by 90 minute drama The Good Samaritan, and As Good As It Gets. He also filmed a guest lead role in the Channel 4/E4 hit drama series Skins and BBC1’s New Tricks. Shane then starred as ‘Archie Daley’ in six episodes of the television series Minder. His next production was ITV’s Whatever It Takes playing the lead role of JJ Merrick. He presented the Sky1 documentary Make Me Irish after his three very successful series of Don’t Forget the Lyrics. He presented the News of the World Children's Champions Awards also for Sky1. Shane featured in 71 Degrees North for ITV and Around the World in 80 Days for BBC Television.
Shane has combined his theatre and television career with film roles that include: Porter in a special Channel 4 film version of Macbeth alongside Greta Scacchi; Dead Clean and Distant Shadow. He also produced and starred in Shoreditch alongside Joely Richardson. Shane featured with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslett as Sid in the DreamWorks film Flushed Away and filmed Prisoners of The Sun on location in Morocco with John Rhys Davis and Joss Ackland. Special guest star film roles include the Brit Flick Risen, and The Reverend.
A major career turning point came along when the role of loveable rogue Alfie Moon was created especially for Shane in EastEnders. During his time on The Square he has received many accolades and awards including: Best Newcomer, Best Actor, Most Popular Male Actor and Best Soap Award (National Television Awards), Best Male Actor (ITV Soap Awards), Best Soap Actor (TV Choice Awards), Soap Personality of the Year at the TRIC awards and Best Male Actor at the Rose D’or television festival (Europe’s BAFTAs).
Furthermore, Shane hosted a family game show entitled Reflex, which was shown on Saturday evenings on BBC1. In 2014 -2015 Shane hosted the BBC1 Saturday Night show Win Your Wish List and BBC1’s DECIMATE. 2015 has been a busy year of filming, including ITV’s BENIDORM, BBC1’s THE BLITZ and of course the role of Alfie Moon in Eastenders.
Shane and Jessie will also star in their very own BBC1 six part drama series.
Jessie Wallace was born in Enfield, North London, and originally trained as a make-up artist, working at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She retrained as an actress and graduated from The Poor School in 1999 winning her first TV role in THE BILL shortly afterwards.
Jessie is best known for her role as the Kat Slater in EASTENDERS between 2000 and 2005, returning to the show in the autumn of 2010. Other television credits include the role of Amy Kriel in the third series of ITV's WILD AT HEART (Company Pictures/itv); DINNER PARTY (BBC) with Lee Evans and Alison Steadman; MARIE LLOYD (Hat Trick) for BBC Four and A CLASS APART (BBC) opposite Nathaniel Parker. In December 2010 Jessie played Pat Phoenix, in THE ROAD TO CORONATION STREET, a one-off ITV drama exploring the origins and conception of Coronation Street, to mark the show's 50th anniversary. For which she was BAFTA Nominated.
Jessie made her West End theatre debut, in the role of Maureen in RENT REMIXED at the Duke of York's Theatre (2007 -2008). Other theatre credits include HAUNTED (Arts Theatre) and the 25th Anniversary UK tour production of STEPPING OUT by Richard Harris, playing the role of Sylvia. Jessie recently returned to the theatre playing Lil in Theatre Royal Stratford East’s musical production of FINGS AIN'T WOT THEY USED T'BE directed by Terry Johnson.
Jessie Wallace is also patron of the theatre charity The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.
Jessie has been a well-known television face for over ten years and has won a number of industry awards, including an NTA and TRIC award. She has made guest appearances on shows including the French & Saunders Christmas special, & The Friday Night Project to name but a few. Jessie featured with Sir Bruce Forsyth in a musical BBC1 Christmas Special 2014 and continues to film EASTENDERS in 2015.
Jessie, along with Shane, is looking forward to their new 6 part drama series for BBC 1.
Stephen graduated from LIPA with a First Class BA Hons Degree in Performing Arts.
Theatre credits: Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Lodestar Theatre; Erics, and Breezeblock Park at Liverpool Playhouse; Betwixt at King’s Head, London; Stags & Hens at Royal Court, Liverpool; Safari Party at New Vic, Stoke; Mary Stuart at the Donmar Warehouse; 24 Hour Plays: Comfort at the Old Vic; 100% Bulletproof at Soho theatre & Liverpool Everyman; 7 Stories for Lloyd Dane Partnership; The Borrowers at West Yorkshire Playhouse; Sleeping Beauty at the Lowry; Falsettoland and The Wild Party at the Edinburgh Festival; Teecher’s at Madinat Theatre, Dubai; Top Of The Heap at Chapter Arts Theatre.
Television credits: Britz for Mentorn; The Liverpool Nativity for BBC 3; All About Me for Celador; Kerching for BBC; Ricky’s Joke Shop for On The Box/Mem PLC Productions; Heartbeat for ITV Yorkshire; Liverpool for LA Productions/Capital Of Culture; The Break Out for BAFTA North/First Take; All Girl Action for Local Bands.
His radio Credits include: High Noon At The Sad Café for BBC Radio 4/Watershed Productions.
Ben trained at Bretton Hall and at The BRIT School as well as furthering his theatre training in Poland with Piezn Kozla.
Television includes: Call the Midwife, Land Girls, Emmerdale, Birds of a Feather, New Tricks, Doctors and Hotel Babylon. He has also appeared in several feature films including Kinky Boot, Incendiary and Rearview.
Theatre includes: Wolf in Bent (Trafalgar Studios) and Jesus in On The Third Day (New Ambassadors Theatre).
Born in the beautiful and picturesque Romania now a British Citizen, Simona Armstrong has made her appearance in various TV productions. Most notable are Doctors (BBC1), A Touch of Frost (ITV), The Bill (ITV), Love Soup (BBC1), Synchronicity (BBC4), Drifters (Chanel4). In 2006 after auditioning for feedback on her singing abilities she reached the live finals of the musical show “How do you solve a problem like Maria”, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the BBC.
“Back home I also studied classical and folklore music and when in Bucharest studying drama I was cast as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors – the first American musical to be staged in my country. That was an amazing experience! The American Director of the show, Calvin Andre McClinton encouraged me to pursue a career in musical theatre should I be given the opportunity. The Maria show gave me that chance which I have always appreciated, however my heart still belongs to dramatic theatre and this is what I love most”
For the love of her dramatic theatre, Simona has starred in several stage productions, most recently at The Vienna English Theatre in the role of Maria in Ken Ludwig’s Tony-Award-winning Lend Me a Tenor. The Vienna Review wrote: “Maria, played by Simona Armtrong, is a standout among the women in the show, bravely taking on the double task of an Italian accent and a physically demanding role.”
Her passions outside theatre are the outdoors, sport and nutrition. “I felt lucky to be able to find something that compliments my career so well; not to mention, it keeps me healthy, fit and strong and not last young. It gives me a great sense of contentment and peace. So rewarding!”
Simona is thrilled to be working again on The Perfect Murder stage adaptation. “Privileged and honoured, that’s how I feel, to be asked to continue playing Kamila. I would have not missed the chance to share the stage with this fabulous cast and be reunited with the warm and kind Director, Ian Talbot. The production is in the hands of Joshua Andrews and Peter James, two wonderful successful men that I respect and admire – I couldn’t wish for more.”
PETER JAMES is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over five million in the UK alone and thirteen million worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 36 languages. Peter’s Roy Grace novels, Dead Like You, Dead Man’s Grip and Not Dead Yet went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists at no 1 in both hardback and paperback, and in the Autumn of 2012, Not Dead Yet toppled the 50 Shades Of Grey trilogy off the No 1 paperback fiction slot, ending its 25 week domination of the chart. His novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (2010) went straight in at No 1 in the iBooks chart and spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. Peter’s most recent novel, Dead Man’s Time went straight into the charts at No. 2 behind Dan Brown in June.
Peter, an established film producer and script writer, was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years working as a screen writer and film producer before returning to England. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Both a film and a TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting, and in January 2014 the play of his novella The Perfect Murder begins a nationwide tour. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community. Peter is co Patron of Neighhourhood Watch, nationwide, Patron of Crimestoppers in Sussex together with Dame Vera Lynn, Patron of Brighton & Hove Samaritans, and Patron of of The Whitehawk Inn. In 2011 Peter was made Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and served two consecutive terms. Peter has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger in 2011 and he was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize for Perfect People in 2012. As popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award, for Best British Crime Novel for Dead Man’s Grip in the Autumn of 2012.
“Peter James has established a series that is taking over from Ian Rankin in sales...” Mark Lawson on Front Row, Radio 4
“James balances his highly original central notion with his usual nimble storytelling’ The Independent
“Peter James is acknowledged as being one of the top thriller writers in the UK, and his series of crime novels featuring DI Roy Grace are the best of the current genre” Joan Collins for The Mail on Sunday
Forthcoming projects in 2013-14 include a full Off Broadway production of Last Dance in autumn 2013, the Book for a new original musical The Ovation written with Maribeth Derry and Patrick Leonard, and the Book for an arena spectacular co-devised with director Philip Wm. McKinley, The Bible: In The Beginning (2014). There will be a new drama, currently under wraps, and the first production of his English version of Eric Assous’ black comedy Little White Lies. He has a screenplay, Oscar’s Boys, in development.
Shaun has split his award-winning career equally between original work and adaptations. He has worked extensively in theatre, musical theatre, TV and radio.
His musical theatre credits include four West End musicals, including Maddie in 1997, Lautrec and La Cava in 2000 and the 2007 stage version of The Lord of the Rings which he co-wrote with director Matthew Warchus (DORA Award Best Musical – one of seven DORAs the show received in Canada – SOBOM Outstanding Achievement Award, and Olivier Award Best Musical 2008 nomination).
At the Edinburgh Festival, hits have included Only You Can Save Mankind in 2005 based on a Terry Pratchett novel (Book & Lyrics) and Murder Mystery Musical in 2009 (Co- Book & Lyrics).
His acclaimed trilogy of Heidi musicals, written with Stephen Keeling, ran in Switzerland and Germany between 2005-2008 and was nominated for the Prix Walo. These three shows entwine the story of Johanna Spyri with that of the little Swiss girl who made her an internationally celebrated author.
TV credits include The Crooked Man, Like Father Like Son, The Spider And the Fly, Bodily Harm and three series of Heartbeat (his first episode won a Royal Television Society Yorkshire award for Best Drama). He is the writer-researcher on the ongoing Great West End Theatres video series, shortly to be broadcast by Sky Arts.
He is actively involved in developing a series of large scale arena shows with acclaimed US director Philip Wm McKinley. Their collaboration began with Ben Hur Live which premiered at the O2 in 2009 and was revived in Rome in 2011. Their latest, co-devised show, The Bible: In The Beginning, will be the first of a series.
Ian was awarded the O.B.E. in 2007 for his work at The Open Air Theatre.
West End credits include the long-running West End success The Woman in Black; Absurd Person Singular (Whitehall Theatre), The Glory of the Garden (Duke of York’s Theatre), Rough Justice (Apollo Theatre), and June Moon (Vaudeville Theatre). He designed Julius Caesar at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the highly successful centennial touring production of Charley’s Aunt.
Recent touring and repertory theatre includes: Intimate Exchanges, Mercury Theatre, Colchester; Sugar Daddies, Oldham Coliseum; The Wind in the Willows, Birmingham Rep; Taking Steps, Oldham Coliseum; The Glass Menagerie, The Admirable Crichton and The Rivals, New Vic Theatre; Joking Apart and Special Occasions, Mill at Sonning; Private Lives, Oldham Coliseum; Taking Steps, Orange Tree Theatre; We'll Always Have Paris, Mill at Sonning; Shining City, Derby Live; Man of the Moment (part of the Ayckbourn season directed by Alan Ayckbourn), Royal and Derngate Theatres; Blithe Spirit, Oldham Coliseum; The Price, New Vic; These Four Streets, Birmingham Rep; My Brilliant Divorce, Nick Brooke Ltd; Tony And Twizzle The Glory Years, LipService; An Inspector Calls, Oldham Coliseum; Jane Bond, LipService; Cider With Rosie, New Vic Theatre; Bedroom Farce, Deadlock and Strangers on a Train, Nick Brooke Ltd; Misery, New Vic Theatre; Framed and Arsenic and Old Lace, Nick Brooke Ltd; A Chorus of Disapproval, Stephen Joseph Theatre; The Turn of the Screw and Driving Miss Daisy, Oldham Coliseum; Mixed Feelings, TEG Productions Ltd; House and Garden, Salisbury Playhouse; Way Upstream, Stephen Joseph Theatre; The Safari Party, Hampstead Theatre; Snakes and Ladders, TEG Theatre Productions; Just Between Ourselves and Taking Steps, Mill at Sonning Theatre; Romeo & Juliet and Big Maggie, for the New Victoria Theatre and The Things We Do For Love, Salisbury Playhouse.
Future productions include: Gaslight, New Vic Theatre and Bedroom Farce, Oldham Coliseum. Michael has also written a number of books on stage and costume design and has published a book on the plays of Alan Ayckbourn.
West End Lighting Design Credits include: Cabaret Director Rufus Norris, A Country Girl Director Rufus Norris, Three Days In May, Director Alan Strachan, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Director Bob Thompson Bill Kenwright A Daughter is a Daughter Director Roy Marsden.
National and International tours include Evita, Joseph and his Technicoloured Coat, Blood Brothers, Spider's Web, Then There Were None, Murder on Air, If I were You, The Concert They Never Gave, and As You Like It.
Nominated: The Secret River 2013 Robert Helpmann Award Won: Robert Helpmann Award for Cloudstreet, Won: Robert Helpmann Award as „Best Presented Concert“ for Kura Tunga, Australian Arts Orchestra, Won: Greenroom Award 2006 Best Lighting Design for The Love of three Oranges, 2004, Opera Australia. Won: Greenroom Award 2009 Lighting Design. for Roadkill, Splintergroup, 2009, Lighting Design Venice Biennale.
Mark Howett’s work has extended beyond lighting theatre productions, for example In 2005 Mark directed and co-wrote the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s short film Gangu Mama 2005. He designed the lighting for the exhibition Landmarks, 1993 at the Australian Museum, Canberra | Artistic team member for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Adelaide Festival Kura Tunga | 2002 and was Coordinator of Lighting Course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University from 1996 to 2000. Currently Mark has recently directed and conceived the dance theatre piece Good Little Soldier at RadialSystemV Berlin.
In 2012 she released a concept album for her new musical, The In-Between, featuring performances by leading West End stars Sabrina Aloueche, Julie Atherton, Daniel Boys, Cassandra Compton, Hadley Fraser, Alexia Khadime, Dianne Pilkington, Lauren Samuels and Liam Tamne. Since the release, The In-Between has been featured on BBC Radio 2's Elaine Paige on Sunday, performed at West End Live in Trafalgar Square and received over 150,000 views on YouTube. The album can be heard on Laura's website, www.lauratisdall.com.
Laura's first musical, Faerytale, was showcased by the Guildford School of Acting at the Electric Theatre. She has also written the music for the play The Haunting, which originally starred Paul Nicholas and since completed its third UK tour.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Laura has been Musical Associate for The Night of 1000 Voices (2010, 2012), Kerry Ellis and Brian May's Anthems: The Concert and The Wonderful World of Captain Beaky, with Vanessa Redgrave, Joanna Lumley and Hugh Bonneville; all at the Royal Albert Hall. She was also arranger/orchestrator for the Cantabile Christmas Cracker at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
The Booking Office was established in 1996 by Paul Tyrer to create and manage theatrical tours throughout the UK and beyond. The company quickly became the market-leader, working with top theatrical producing clients, and looking after many top UK and world leading productions. These soon included Annie, Buddy, BBC TV's Childrens Shows Live On Stage, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Stones In His Pockets, Horrid Henry, The oung ic’s Arabian Nights, The Lady Vanishes, TinTin (from The Barbican), Traces (from Sadler’s Wells) and more recently.. Driving Miss Daisy, The Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers, Great Expectations, The Sofia National Ballet and many, many more.
Through the following ten years, The Booking Office grew to programme outside the UK too, with extensive work in Europe and Asia. In 2008, Paul was joined by Jamie Clark, formerly head of touring for Bill Kenwright, and together they devised a wider strategy to move into producing alongside the tour booking and management.
The company is now firmly established as the UK's most prolific ambassador of world-leading theatre product touring the UK - and currently look after the most famous crime thriller of all time - The Mousetrap - the leading BBC TV titles (Ready Steady Cook, The Hairy Bikers, and more), The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Darcy Bussell's Magic Ballet, The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy - Live On Stage (original cast) and many, many more...
As producers, they have amassed an enviable body of work since 2008, including Alan Ayckbourn's Haunting Julia, a UK Number One tour in 2012 starring Duncan Preston, Joe McFadden and Richard O'Callaghan, Soho Cinders (both a sell-out concert at The Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue and the Soho Theatre run) - a new musical by Olivier Award winners Stiles & Drewe with Elliot Davis, Don't Stop Believin' - a musical tour de force homage to Glee touring the UK and in Dubai, Rhinestone Mondays, a country music comedy with Shaun Williamson, Faye Tozer and Iain 'H' Watkins from Steps and the legendary Lyn Paul - and many, many more...
In 2013 and beyond, they are producing Sherlock - The Best Kept Secret, a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse directed by Nikolai Foster, written by leading TV writer Mark Catley, design by Olivier award winning Michael Taylor and music composition by Grant Olding, Olivier and Tony Award winner. They are also producing Farm Boy, the sequel to War Horse, directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award Winning Actor/Director Douglas Hodge, and Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be, directed by multi Award Winning Director Terry Johnson.
They will also be producing September In The Rain written and directed by John Godber, and developing and producing two brand new musicals, The Busker's Opera (based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera) by Dougal Irvine, directed by Steve Marmion at The Soho Theatre, and The A-Z of Mrs P - a delightful new musical based on the invention of the A-Z, directed by Cora Bissett...
PAUL TYRER - Managing Director & Producer
Paul began life as an actor appearing in, amongst many shows, 42nd Street at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, before great appetite for management and producing took over. In 1996, he formed The Booking Office and shaped the company to become the leading force in the UK market for home and international touring.
Year on year the company has grown into the dominant independent theatrical tour booking company, imitated by many but none as widely successful.
Paul’s reltionship ith heatre managers ad roducers alikesaw im s a atural choice when he was elected in 2008 onto the Council for the Theatrical Management Association. Since then, he has been asked to speak at numerous conferences and has enjoyed re-election.
He has also been asked as an industry expert to lecture many times at leading training institutions for young producers learning their craft with a specific view and understanding for the UK touring circuit.
JAMIE CLARK - General Manager & Producer
Jamie also began as an actor, touring the country in the nationwide touring farce Women Of A Certain Age in 1998/99, alongside many TV and Film appearances in the late 90s, before developing a love for management and producing. He began as an artist manager and tour booker with musical acts and comedians, successfully running clubs at The Edinburgh Festival and producing comedy galas, before accepting the role of Head of Touring for Bill Kenwright in 2002.
As Head of Touring, Jamie produced and managed a huge range of world famous productions, including; Blood Brothers, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Hay Fever, starring Dame Judi Dench, A Few Good Men (starring Rob Lowe), A Glass Menagerie (on Broadway and UK) starring Jessica Lange and Christian Slater, Festen (Broadway and UK) starring Ali McGraw, A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Broadway and UK) starring Ned Beatty and Ashley Judd, Night Of The Iguana starring Woody Harrelson, Cabaret starring Sheila Hancock and Anna Maxwell Martin, Treats starring Billie Piper, The Last Laugh starring Martin Freeman, The Letter starring Anthony Andrews, A Man For All Seasons starring Martin Shaw, The Crucible (in partnership with the RSC) starring Iain Glen and many, many more...
In 2007 Jamie left and independently worked with The Menier Chocolate Factory in touring Little Shop Of Horrors, at the same time as establishing his own film company partnership (JCBC Films), a comedy content provider with clients including The BBC and Verizon Mobile.
In 2008 Jamie teamed up with Paul under the Booking Office umbrella and they created a strategy to produce alongside the existing management and booking work.
Since 2008, Jamie has regularly been asked to speak at Theatrical Management
In 2006 Josh returned to the stage and the world of theatre production and for the next six years was an Associate Producer and then Producer for one of the UK’s leading and most prolific theatre companies, Bill Kenwright Limited. During his tenure there, Josh worked on over 25 productions including West End and National Touring productions of plays and musicals such as Tenesse Williams’ The Glass Menagerie starring Jessica Lange (Apollo), Sommerset Maugham’s The Letter (Wyndhams and UK Tour), Christopher Hampton’s Treats (Garrick and UK Tour), Noel Coward's Hayfever (UK Tour), Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (UK Tour), Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular (Garrick and UK Tour) and Season's Greeting (UK Tour), Peter Shaffer’s Sleuth (UK Tour), Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl (Apollo and UK Tour), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, (UK Tour), Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers (Phoenix and UK Tour) the Olivier nominated Tina Turner musical Soul Sister (Savoy) and Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz at The London Palladium. In terms of original productions at BKL, he was producer on a newly rediscovered play by Noel Coward, Volcano (Vaudeville Theatre and UK Tour), The Haunting, an adaptation of the ghost stories of Charles Dickens which has now enjoyed three successful National Tours, the Olivier nominated new musical Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy and Playhouse), which ran for 3 years in the West End and continues on National Tour and Three Days in May (Trafalgar Studios) which won the What’s On Stage Award for Best New Play in 2012.
In 2013, Josh set up JASS Productions to produce and general-manage plays and musicals under his own banner. JASS has a number of productions on its slate, some in collaboration with other co- producing partners, which include both revivals and original material. As well as bringing to the stage the bestselling books from the UK’s number-one crime author, Peter James, Josh has recently co-produced with the Young Vic the critically acclaimed hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, which was also beamed to cinemas live across the globe.