Cast & Creatives – The Picture of Dorian Gray
Timothy Allsop trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His theatre work includes Therese Raquin (Royal National Theatre); Euripides’ Helen (Shakespeare’s Globe); Live Like Pigs (Royal Court) and the lead role in Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre). He last appeared at The English Theatre Frankfurt in Strangers on a Train. Other work includes the lead role in Richard III, Horatio in Hamlet, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Oswald alongside Brian Blessed’s King Lear (all for the Guildford Shakespeare Company). He appeared as Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral, Roger Bannister in The Four Minute Mile, Wilbur Wright in The Wright Brothers (Oxford Playhouse, Edinburgh and International Tour), Jacques in As You Like It (Creation), the Sorcerer in Aladdin (Creation) and James in Tom’s Midnight Garden (Manchester Library Theatre). His film work includes The Mummy due for release in 2017, Captain Phillips and television appearances includes Detectorists with Mackenzie Crook (BBC).
Michael Lanni (Dorian Gray)
Michael studied at Arts Educational Schools London. Theatre includes: Peter in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep, dir. Tessa Walker). Theatre whilst training includes: Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Sir Trevor Nunn); Lord Agar in Harvest (Dan Bird); Duke Frederick and Silvius in As You Like It (Janette Smith); Chadwick in Punk Rock (Sarah Tipple); George in All My Sons (Gareth Farr); Trigorin in The Seagull (Martina Laird); Absolem in Alice In Wonderland (Gail Sixsmith) and Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Gareth Farr and Edward Hulme.) Other experience includes Doctors for the BBC and playing Ray in the concert version of Elegies for Punks and Raging Queens at The Criterion Theatre, West End.
Richard Lynson trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. His theatre credits include Butterflies are Free (Vienna’s English Theatre); The Hound of the Baskervilles (The Duke’s Theatre Lancaster); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)(UK tour and London’s West End); The Complete History of America (Abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) (both West End); Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (UK tour); Rain Man (West End) and The Apple Cart for The Peter Hall Company. Most recently, he appeared in the stage play of Gigi (Tabard Theatre).
Television credits include Dalziel and Pascoe, Band of Brothers, I shouldn’t be Alive, Clone and Star Wars shortened for Sky Movies. Richard also provided the voice of Terence Sweetwater for the bestselling video games.
Natasha trained at RADA. Theatre credits include: King Lear, Hamlet (Creation Theatre); The Mousetrap (West End); Roots (Nottingham Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, Joan of Arc, Dogs Dialogue, The Talented Mr Ripley, offie nominated best supporting actress (The Faction); Julius Caesar, Iph (Mercury Theatre); Relatively Speaking, Within the Gates (Frinton Summer Theatre); Suitcase Stories (Sell a Door, United Arab Emirates Tour); Pieces (New Diorama); Much Ado about Nothing, Canterbury Tales (Cunard). Radio includes: Selling Shoes in Southend (Frequency Theatre). Natasha is co-founder of Women at RADA, an initiative campaigning for gender equality in theatre. She is also a core ensemble member with The Faction.
Tom is Artistic Director of Primavera and Associate Director of Jermyn Street Theatre. Previously at the English Theatre of Frankfurt he directed Strangers on a Train, Other Desert Cities and The Glass Menagerie. His directing work includes Good Grief (UK Tour and Theatre Royal Bath); the world premiere of Dances of Death (Gate Theatre); Absurd Person Singular (Mill at Sonning); Dear Liar (Vienna); As You Like It (Creation Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and As You Like It (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Measure for Measure (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Saturday Night (West End transfer from Jermyn Street Theatre); Tom Foolery (UK tour); the world premiere of Shiverman and European premiere of Madagascar (Theatre503); First Episode, The Living Room, Anyone Can Whistle, Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street Theatre); A Little Night Music (Budapest / Menier Chocolate Factory); Absurd Person Singular (UK tour); Murder in the Cathedral (Oxford Playhouse / Christ Church Cathedral); Antigone (Southwark Playhouse); Origin of the Species (Arcola); Merit, Martine, Jingo, The Confidential Clerk, The Mollusc, The Boatswain’s Mate (Finborough); Forgotten Classics (King’s Head); Sleuth, One for the Road, Mr and Mrs Nobody, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Twelve-Pound Look (Frinton); and many workshops and rehearsed readings.
Tom studied English at Oxford University and Classics as a postgraduate with the Open University. He was Associate Director of Theatre503 from 2012—2016, and Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company from 2007—2009. Also as an associate director, he worked on four productions with Trevor Nunn. He worked widely in the West End and regionally as an assistant director. His work has received numerous OffWestEnd and Critics‘ Choice Awards, and he has been nominated as Best Director in the OffWestEnd Awards three times.
Simon has previously designed for the English Theatre Frankfurt, Venus in Fur, The Collector, Saturday Night Fever. Recent theatre includes: Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe); The World Goes Round (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Sweeney Todd and Barbarians (Tooting Arts Club); Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse); Measure for Measure (Cambridge Arts); The Ladykillers, Sleuth (Watermill); Ghosts (Theatr Clwyd); Caresses (HOME); the UK première of Noel Coward’s This was a Man (Finborough); Saturday Night Fever (UK tour); Absent Friends, Entertaining Mr Sloane (UK tours, London Classic Theatre); and Border Force, an installation/performance/club event for Duckie.
Other theatre includes In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Ustinov/St James – winner, Best New Play, UK Theatre Awards); 4000 Miles (Ustinov/Print Room); Island (National Theatre and tour); Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls (National Theatre of Greece); The Belle’s Stratagem, The Busy Body, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and the première of Feathers in the Snow (all at Southwark Playhouse); Legally Blonde, Bonnie and Clyde, Evita (ArtsEd); new stage adaptations of The Machine Gunners (Polka) and Holes (New Wimbledon Studio); There’s Only One Wayne Matthews (Sheffield Crucible Studio); Pedestrian (Bristol Old Vic); three national tours of new plays for British-Asian company Rifco Arts; and as Associate Designer, several productions at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House and London’s West End.
Opera includes world premières of Vivienne (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House) and A Voice of One Delight (Riverside Studios); The Cunning Little Vixen, The Prodigal Son, Háry János, Orlando (all Ryedale Festival); A Night at the Opera (London Palladium and UK tour). www.simonkenny.co.uk
Ben Cracknell (Lighting Designer)
Ben is an award winning Lighting Designer. He trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and has worked extensively in both theatre and television worldwide. Theatre highlights: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (West End, Curve & UK Tour); Exposure The Musical (St. James Theatre, London); The Donkey Show (Proud Camden); Legally Blonde (Curve & Deagu Opera House, South Korea); Canned Laughter (Scottish Tour); Dracula (Siam Pic–Ganesha, Bangkok); Kiss Me Kate (Opera North); Xanadu, Antigone (Southwark Playhouse); Annie (UK & South African Tour); Beautiful Thing (Curve & UK Tour); 1984 (Altes Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart); Saturday Night Fever (Theatre Royal, Bath & UK Tour); Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Stafford Shakespeare Festival); Chess (Toronto & UK Tour); The Memory of Water (New Vic, Stoke); Our House (New Wolsey, Ipswich & UK Tour); West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse, Manchester); Sherlock Holmes (West Yorkshire Playhouse); All the Fun of the Fair (West End & UK Tour); Visiting Mr Green (Mercury, Colchester & West End); 20th Century Boy (Belgrade, Coventry); Inala (Sadlers Wells & UK Tour); The Life, Strangers on a Train, Tommy (The English Theatre, Frankfurt); Merrily We Roll Along (Theatr Clwyd); African Snow (York Theatre Royal & West End); Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse); Hamlet The Musical (Royal, Northampton).
Television Highlights: Quadrophenia, The Classic Brit Awards (Royal Albert Hall); The Olivier Awards (Knight of Illumination Award for Best Lighting) (Royal Opera House); The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall); Il Divo (Coliseum).
Music Director credits include: Monster Raving Loony (Soho Theatre & Theatre Royal Plymouth); Hopelessly Devoted (Tricycle & UK Tour); Ghost The Musical (The English Theatre Frankfurt); The Sound of heavy Rain (Birmingham Rep, Roundabout Season); From up here (South Hill Park Arts Centre); The Kissing Dance, Anyone can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre); Saturday Night (Jermyn Street Theatre, Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Windsor). As Music Director and performer: A Christmas Carol, 101 Dalmatians, Pinocchio (Castle Theatre, Wellingborough); Cole (Yvonne Arnaud Guildford); The Invisible Woman (Film, Headline Pictures); Wind In The Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Rep); Sweeney Todd (Octagon Theatre Bolton); Posh (Pianist for recording session, Royal Court Theatre); The Habit Of Art (National Theatre & UK Tour); The History Boys (National Theatre, West End, Broadway, UK & International Tour). Tom is an Actor Musician Lecturer at Rose Bruford College and teaches at special needs schools for children across London. Future projects include the UK Premiere of Peter And The Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate Northampton).
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Julia is currently the Resident Director on Stig of the Dump at The Arts Theatre, West End. Credits as Choreographer and Movement Director include: Stig of the Dump (UK Tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Angels Punks and Raging Queens – as assistant (Criteron Theatre, West End); Everything’s Coming Up Roses (Electric Theatre, Guildford); King Lear (The Space); Thank You Haters (#1 in itunes Comedy Chart winner of ‘Best Music Video’ at the LA Comedy Awards); Women Of Troy (The Blue Elephant); The Gruffalo (Intrepid Theatre); Latecomers Will be shot –Four Screws Loose (Edinburgh Fringe); Tribe (Brighton Fringe); Step LIVE (Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells) and Jubilee (Tabard Theatre). Later this year Julia is Choreographing Teddy Bears Picnic (UK Tour); Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds) and the UK Tour of Northanger Abbey in 2017.