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CAST

Tim Faulkner – David, Duke of Windsor

West End Theatre work: Gordon in Dangerous Corner (The Ambassadors); The Creditor in The Guardsman (The Albery) and Giles in The Mousetrap (St Martins). Classical work: Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Nights Dream; Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Stafford) and the lead role of Prince Gonzaga in the German classic Emilia Galotti for Trilogy Theatre. Other Work includes: Robert Lawrence in The Falklands war play Above All Courage at The New End, Hampstead; The Prince in Sleeping Beauty at The Shaw Theatre; Alex in Outside Edge (Churchill, Bromley); Constant in Lock Up Your Daughters (Belgrade, Coventry); Charley in Charley’s Aunt; Hubert in Henry James’s Boston Story, both at The Mill, Sonning. Tim’s many TV appearances include Inspector Morse, Casualty, Rumpole of The Bailey, Old Men at The Zoo, Stalkey and Co, Howard’s Way, Much Ado About Nothing, Messiah and Our Hero. Film: Stephen Poliakoff`s Runners.

 

Toni Kanal – Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

Toni trained at RADA. Theatre credits: Anna in My Matisse (Jermyn Street Theatre); Honour (dir. David Grindley, Wyndhams Theatre); Marriage (the Theatre Museum, dir. David Digby-Day); Preston in The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse, dir. Michael Grandage); Stella in Star Quality (UK Tour, dir. Chris Luscombe); Passion Play (Donmar Warehouse, dir. Michael Grandage); Song at Twilight (Gielgud Theatre, dir. Sheridan Morley); Madame Bashkirtseff in Brief Candle (New End Theatre); Sheila in Benefactors (Mercury Colchester); Ellen Terry in Ellen and Edy (UK Tour); Grace Tranfield in The Philanderer (UK Tour); the title role in Mrs Warren’s Profession (UK Tour); Polly Seedy Stockings in The Millionairess (Royal Theatre, Northampton); The Women in The Women in Bernard Shaw’s Life (UK Tour). TV and film credits: Ellen Rowe in The Bill (Thames TV); About Face with Maureen Lipman (ITV); Within These Walls; The Professionals and Anna Karenina. Toni is Vice-President of the Shaw Society; in January 2008 she will be lecturing to them in Delhi.

 

Matthew Phillips – Noel Coward

Matthew trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Previous theatre includes Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (NTC Touring Theatre Company); Genie in Aladdin (Theatre Royal Winchester); Geoffrey in the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Stepping Out (Bill Kenwright Productions Ltd); Merlin in Pendragon (Pukka Theatre Company); Jed Vilnius in WonderVision and Aramis in 3 Musketeers! (Proteus Theatre Company); Bill in An Evening With Gary Linekar (Horla Theatre Company); Igor in Quest (English Theatre Company of Barcelona); Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Theatre Elli, Llanelli); Baron Scarpia in Before Dawn (The Greenwich Playhouse); Les in Bouncers (Swan Theatre, High Wycombe); Bulldog Man in Oktoberfest (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith); Martin in Mainstreamers (Medway Theatre Company) and Lucius in Eurovision (The Drill Hall, London).

 

Alec Walters – Bertie, King George VI

Alec last acted at the Jermyn Street Theatre as Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing (The Actors' Company Rep Season). Since then he has played a variety of priests: a lacey-panted one in The Lying Kind (Clerkenwell Theatre); a baptising one in ITV's Rosemary and Thyme; and a lovelorn one as Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (Heartbreak Productions tour); also Lord Netherend in a tour of Cry Blue Murder! (Heartbreak Productions); R. Levy Q, in The Prostitutes' Padre (Greenwich Playhouse); a death-obsessed writer in Gobsmack! (The White Bear); Polonius in Hamlet for The Cambridge Open-Air Shakespeare Festival and a variety of short films. This is his first foray into playing royalty.

 

Matthew Wynn – Joachim Von Ribbentrop

Matthew was born in Middlesbrough and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has just finished playing George in Don’t Dress For Dinner at the Mill Theatre in Sonning. His other theatre work includes playing Judd in Bouncers by John Godber (Wakefield Theatre Royal) and most recently (Hull Truck Theatre Company), Dozer in the British Premiere of Shady Business (Mill at Sonning), Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), The Guardsman (The Albery Theatre and Number One tour), Teechers (Wimbledon Theatre), Christie In Love (Edinburgh Festival), The Nearly Men (Sixth Sense Theatre Company), This Secret Life (Sixth Sense Theatre Company), Stink (Quondam Theatre Company), Romeo & Juliet (West 28th Street Theatre Company), Field Of Fire (Pop Up Theatre Company). Television work includes; 55 Degrees North (BBC), Harry & Cosh (Channel 5) and Byker Grove (BBC). He provided the voice of Faramir in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers game for Sony Playstation and appeared alongside Ian Hart and Lena Heady in the feature film Aderdeen (winner of Best Film at the Hamptons Film Festival, New York).

 

CREATIVE TEAM

J.B. Miller – Writer

J.B. Miller is the author of two books, My Life in Action Painting and The Satanic Nurses. He has written several plays, including Bobby Supreme, White Lies, and Recruitment, which have been staged in theatres in New York. He cowrote the film Gringuito and has written for The New York Times.  He is the recipient of both MacDowell and Yaddo Fellowships, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

Lynda Baron – Director 

In addition to numerous pantomimes in which she not only appeared, but also directed, Lynda’s theatre credits include; In Celebration (Duke Of Yorks); The Full Monty (The Prince Of Wales); She Stoops to Conquer  (New Kent Theatre); Five Blue Haired Ladies (Theatre Royal, Lincoln); I Am Yours (Royal Court Theatre); Maddie (Lyric Theatre); Home Truths (Haddon Productions/Tour); Pickwick (Apollo Theatre, Oxford); Funny Money (Playhouse Theatre); I’m No Angel (Nuffield, Southampton); Gypsy (Everyman, Cheltenham); Watermusic (Cockpit, Soho Theatre Co.); Lettice & Lovage (Middle East Tour); An Inspector Calls (Chichester Festival Th./Tour); Notre Dame (Old Fire Station, Oxford); Letters From Detroit (Hens & Chickens Theatre); Steel Magnolias (Michael Rose Ltd Tour); Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre); Stepping Out (Duke Of Yorks); Little Me (Prince Of Wales); Rattle Of A Simple Man (Wimbledon, Tour); Abigail’s Party (David Kirk Prods Tour); Not Now Darling (Churchill Theatre); After Maigritte (Shaw Theatre) and The Real Inspector Hound (Shaw Theatre). Television credits include: Doctors - BBC; Rome – HBO; Down To Earth – BBC; Fat Friends II & III – Granada; Diggity - Carousel Picture Co; Peak Practice – Carlton; Big Kids – BBC; The Bill – Thames; Doctors – BBC; Goodnight Sweetheart - Alomo Productions and Playing the Field - Tiger Aspect.

 

Kate Bannister and Karl Swinyard – Set Design

Kate and Karl have collaborated on over 40 theatre productions including: Five Guys Named Moe (English Theatre Frankfurt); My Matisse, No Shame No Fear, Preacherosity (Jermyn Street); A Fans’ Club (New Wimbledon Theatre) Purlie, Notes Across A Small Pond, The Ballad of Little Jo (Bridewell Theatre); Question Time (Arcola Theatre); Orion (Wilton’s Music Hall); Measure for Measure Malaya (Riverside Studios); The Hound of the Baskervilles; Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, The Importance of Being Earnest, (Brockley Jack); Twelfth Night (Courtyard Theatre); Extensions of Love (Oval House); Firelines, Fishmonger (Blue Elephant); You Don't Kiss (Stratford Circus); Uncle Ebenezer (BAC); A Bill of Divorcement, The Girls’ Consent (Greenwich Playhouse); Amah (Tara Arts); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (UK Tour), Canterbury Tales (UK Tour), As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet (Hertfordshire Festival). Youth and community art projects include: Is it Art? Art in You; Alice; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Bushey Story. Kate and Karl are co-directors of the Brockley Jack Theatre in south east London. They are delighted to be back at Jermyn Street Theatre.

 

Mike Roberston – Lighting Design

Winner of the 2007 Lawrence Olivier Award for best lighting design for the multi award winning Sunday In The Park With George his recent credits include Discotivity, Boys In the Buff and An Audience With The Hamiltons (Edinburgh Festival); Havana Rakatan (Peacock); Howard Goodalls Days of Hope; Steven Berkoff in Sit & Shiver; Richard III and A Midsummer Nights Dream at The Cochrane; Face Value with Louise Jameson, Aladdin at The Cambridge Arts Theatre; The Firework Makers Daughter at Det Norske Teatret,Oslo; Three Men In A Boat on National Tour; Classic Absurdity at The Birmingham Hippodrome; Days of The Commune at RADA; The Snow Queen at The Barbican & Cadogan Hall; Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal York; Palace of Fear for Leicester Haymarket; Exclusive Yarns at Wimbledon Theatre; Snoopy The Musical in The West End; The Glee Club at The West Yorkshire Playhouse & Touring dates; The Pocket Dream at Theatre Royal, York; The Spring Proms at The Royal Albert Hall; 28 takes on life without Allen, filmed for Optimen; The Rink at Coventry; Anyone Can Whistle at The Bridewell; Larkin With Women at Coventry; Lesley Garrett, Travelling Light and The Singer at The Royal Albert Hall and touring dates. Oustide of the theatre he has worked with television companies including BBC, STV, ZBC, Meridian and LWT and lit events for clients including National Magazines, Elton John Aids Foundation, Dell, Oki, Texaco, Credit Lyonaise, Ford (UK), British Midland, Studio 54, Tommy Hilfiger, British Airways, HSBC. Mike has also designed extensive architectural lighting and worked on the Virgin Atlantic fleet designing lighting for the cabins before then working on the interior lighting design of the Airbus A380. The biggest passenger plane ever built. More about Mike at www.lightingplan.co.uk

 

Adam Dechanel – Graphic Design and Marketing

Adam Dechanel is a prolific author, illustrator and graphic designer whose career spans nearly a decade. He has worked in television, film, books, short stories and graphic novels for many years. Born in London, he graduated from Camberwell School of Art and immediately began working in graphic design for the music and television industry. Throughout his wide-ranging career, he has had a series of novels published including the high profile Superman: Tempered Steel. Adam is well known in the illustration field and has worked extensively with Warner Bros, DC Comics and The Walt Disney Company. He also exhibits his artwork in galleries around London, including the prestigious Old Truman Brewery. He is the co-creator of publishing label Okai Collier Kids that pioneered the CDbook entertainment format. His concept for graphic novel anthologies Vanston Place: The Secret Adventures & The Timber Wharves Gang were short listed for a SNAC award. In Theatre Adam has worked on hit shows such as Passion, A… My Name Is Alice, and also spearheaded the marketing campaign for the critically acclaimed European premieres of Purlie: The Musical & Preacherosity. He also wrote a standout script, A Wrongful Execution, which featured as a reading for the acclaimed Inspiration, Innovation, Integration Season. Adam is currently developing a musical radio drama The Rise Of The Phoenix and a graphic novel; The Gifted.

 

Helen Wilkinson – DSM/Company Manager

Helen began her working life as a journalist and producer of current affairs documentaries for BBC TV. Since then she has appeared on the other side of the camera as a social trends commentator and co-presented on Radio 5 Live’s The Treatment as well as a documentary, Family and Friends for BBC 2. More recently, Helen has expanded her broadcasting and communications work into new media and multi-media. She is the co-founder of My Heroines, www.myheroines.com, a small voluntary association which runs creative writing, and personal development workshops for young women and adult learners and currently has a range of projects running in schools in London’s East End. She also founded the creative writing website, www.hagsharlotsheroines.com as a networking and online publishing project where people interested in herstory – as well as history – gather.  Helen has published widely, principally non-fiction and is mid way through an MA in Creative Writing (Novels Pathway) at City University because one of her ambitions is to try to write a novel. She currently divides her time between her creative ventures, more lucrative consultancy and working as a personal fitness and lifestyle adviser. The Dorchester is her first production as a Deputy Stage Manager for Okai Collier, and she is looking forward to adding theatre experience to her wide ranging CV. For more information, see www.helenwilkinson.com or visit www.myspace.com/helenmwilkinson.

 

Simon James Collier – Producer

Simon has been creating and developing innovative and award-winning theatre, film, publishing, social investment and graphic design based projects for over a decade. He has also written and published several noted books for a younger audience. Through The Okai Collier Company, Collier McArthur Bonas and SJC Productions he has produced over thirty plays and musicals both in London's West End and throughout the United Kingdom. These include: Carnaval; Elegies; A...My Name Is Alice; Great Balls of Fire; Ruthless; Purlie; Passion; Preacherosity; The Crusaid Requiem; My Matisse and Postcards from God: The Sister Wendy Musical. He has also presented celebrated events at St. Martin in the Fields, Hackney Empire and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and promoted numerous exhibitions focusing on the work of up and coming artists. Simon has been Chair, Trustee, Consultant or Director of various Charities including; The Globe Centre, BILAN, Crusaid, Dil Save, U Turn, Old Hat and Urban Theatre. He has also been the Executive Director of London’s Bridewell Theatre and is currently Artistic Consultant to Jermyn Street West End Studio Theatre.

 

Omar F. Okai – Producer

Omar is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the award-winning Okai Collier Company. His theatre directing/choreographic credits include: Five Guys Named Moe (Dir/Choreographer, The English Theatre Frankfurt); Postcards from God: The Sister Wendy Musical (Dir, Jermyn Street West End Studio Theatre); The Snow Queen (Choreographer, Theatre Royal Stratford East); Three Sisters (Movement Direction, Birmingham Rep); Preacherosity (Dir, JST); Sweet Charity (Dir, Stratford Circus, re-staging Bob Fosse’s original staging/choreography); Rent (Musical Staging, Frankfurt); Purlie (Dir, Bridewell, nominated for 4 What’s On Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards 2005); Cabaret (Choreographer, Frankfurt); Ruthless! (Dir, Stratford Circus, winner of 5 Musical Stages awards 2002, including Best Director); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Dir, Rudolph Steiner); High Heel Parrotfish! (Choreographer, Theatre Royal Stratford East); Honk! (Dir, Rudolph Steiner); Honk! (Choreographer - National Tour); Hoodies; A…My Name Is Alice; Elegies (Bridewell/Three Mills); Spooky Noises (also book & lyrics); Countess & Cabbages (also book & lyrics); A Time To Speak; Doing Something Right; Viva O Carnaval (also book, song and lyrics); Everyone’s Opera; La Vie En Rose; Love Loss Life & Laughter; Child Of The Jago (Purcell Room); Carmen (Movement Director, Lindbury Studio at The Royal Opera House); Five Guys Named Moe (Dir, William Ellis); Burleigh Grimes (Bridewell, Movement Director) & for the Royal National Theatre assistant Choreographer for the Olivier Award-winning Honk! and The Villain’s Opera.

Theatre producing credits include: The Dorchester (JST); My Matisse (JST); The Crusaid Requiem (St. Martin in the Fields) and Passion (Bridewell). Film directing credits include: The 411 – The Bottom Line On Amhurst Road. West End performing credits: Five Guys Named Moe (Lyric - original cast), Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace), King and My One And Only (Piccadilly). Other performing credits include: Golden Boy (Greenwich), Elegies (King’s Head, Drill Hall), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Perth) and Tourette’s Diva (Battersea Arts Centre) and Candide at The Royal National Theatre. Omar is the Director of Urban Theatre and has worked on youth and social investment projects with Royal Opera House Education and The Camden Roundhouse. Omar also stages fashion and cat walk shows for Clynol and Schwarzkopf. In 2008 he will direct and choreograph Postcards From God: The Sister Wendy Musical at Hackney Empire Studio Theatre, London and choreograph Muscle, a new musical theatre piece.

 

Silver Ghost - Producer

Silver Ghost was established by Sheila & Gerry Ware initially to showcase their first production of Ripper the Musical in Convent Garden, London earlier this year, of which Gerry was the creator, composer and lyricist. The further aims of Silver Ghost are to get involved with investing in other small-scale theatre productions and to expand into other areas such as publishing. As a direct result of the Ripper showcase Silhouette Theatre Productions Ltd has been set up to take Ripper the Musical on to the next stage and thereafter to invest in other shows. Prior to becoming involved in theatre productions Gerry & Sheila spent many years in the music business running their recording studio and independent record label. Gerry has composed many instrumental pieces and written songs for others including a song for Children In Need performed by Connie Fisher (Maria in The Sound of Music). He is also an accomplished guitarist having performed in the UK and abroad. For more information on Silver Ghost contact info.silverghost@inbox.com

 

Jermyn Street West End Studio Theatre - Co Producer

Jermyn Street Theatre is a performance venue situated on Jermyn Street, London. Formerly a restaurant, under the leadership of Howard Jameson it was transformed into a 70-seat off West End theatre, which opened in August 1994. The theatre aims ‘to provide talented new actors, directors and writers with the opportunity to be recognised and given a platform in the best West End Studio Theatre.’

 

Production Associates

Daniel Orrells, Pamela Evans, Michael Moorfoot & Margery Sampson

 

Production Photography

Marilyn Kingwill