Book by David Thompson
Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson
Written by Kander & Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), set against the background of the great depression, glamour and desperation collide in this Tony Award-nominated show, taking a bleak look inside the world of Dance Marathons. “…forty five minutes every hour, dancing for your pleasure, how many hours can they go?”
“At the time of release, the idea of using a frenetic, gruelling, artificially happy dance contest as a metaphor for America must’ve felt at least a little over the top. But now, in the era of reality television, in which all of life is being refashioned as one big competition, it’s barely even a metaphor.” (Party’s Over, Ben Brantley, NY Times 1997).
This amateur production of “Steel Pier” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.
Our previous productions include West Side Story (2018) and Ragtime (2016).
Meet the Team
Louise is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music and The University of Leeds and an associate artist of Squint Theatre.
Previous Credits; A Little Night Music (Bridewell Theatre), Long Story Short (Charing Cross Theatre), Privates on Parade (Greenwich Theatre), Americana (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Steel Pier (The Union), Ordinary Days (Bridewell Theatre), Molly (Pleasance Islington) and West Side Story (Bishopsgate Institute.)
Previous Directing Credits include; His Dark Materials , House, Legally Blonde (Prissian Theatre), Hansel and Gretel (Arts Theatre), 26.2 (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
After many years as a performer and assistant choreographer Chris is now fast emerging as a top choreographer in his own right. His position in the industry as a highly sought after choreographer was cemented last year when he was awarded the 2018 Off West End best choreographer award for his work on Top Hat, having been shortlisted on two previous occasions. His work now sees him choreographing all over the world and most recently in London's West End.
Recent credits include: I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019), Alice in Wonderland (UK Tour 2019), West Side Story (Associate Choreographer, Bishopsgate Institute 2018), The Adventures of Pinocchio (UK Tour), Seussical (Southwark Playhouse), Judy! (Arts Theatre, London) and Top Hat (The Gatehouse Theatre, London).
Ben trained at the Royal Academy of Music & The University of Manchester, and is currently the Assistant Musical Director & Associate Conductor for the International Tour of Les Misérables.
Recent Theatre credits include: Les Misérables (Sweden); Adding Machine: A Musical (Finborough Theatre, OffWestEnd.com finalist for ‘Best Musical Direction’); A Night At The Oscars (Upstairs At The Gatehouse/Radlett Centre); Holy Crap! (King’s Head Theatre, also arrangements and orchestrations); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Wilton’s Music Hall); Heart of Winter (Tristan Bates Theatre); Honeymoon In Vegas (London Palladium - UK Premiere); Strålande, Miss Foster! (Sweden); West Side Story,Ragtime, Bishopsgate Christmas Cracker (Bishopsgate Institute), Company (Royal Academy of Music); Urinetown (Mountview Academy) and The Pajama Game (Urdang Academy).
Television & Radio credits include: Friday Night Is Music Night - Christmas Special (BBC 4); BA London City Radio Campaigns (British Airways).