MUSIC DIRECTOR/COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER
Current and upcoming credits include: MURDER FOR TWO (Music Director & Co-Sound Designer: The Other Palace & UK Tour); CABARET (Musical Supervisor/Arranger: English Theatre Frankfurt); BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Musical Director: Theatre Royal Winchester).
Composition and Sound credits include: JERUSALEM (Sound Designer/MD: Watermill Theatre); HOLES (Composer: Nottingham Playhouse); TONIGHT AT 8.30 and TOMORROW AT NOON (Sound Design: Jermyn Street Theatre); ROMEO AND JULIET (Sound Design: Cambridge Arts Theatre); HANDBAGGED (Sound Design: English Theatre Frankfurt); MURDER FOR TWO (Music Director & Co-Sound Designer: Watermill Theatre & The Other Palace Theatre); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (English Theatre Frankfurt); THE SILENCE AT THE SONG’S END (Edinburgh Festival); STIG OF THE DUMP (UK Tour); AS YOU LIKE IT (Creation Theatre Oxford); LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS (Arcola Theatre); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Creation Theatre, Oxford).
Musical Director credits include: PETER PAN (Theatre Royal Winchester); MURDER FOR TWO (Musical Director & Co-Sound Designer: Watermill Theatre & The Other Palace Theatre); PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Royal & Derngate Northampton); MONSTER RAVING LOONY (Soho Theatre & Theatre Royal Plymouth); HOPELESSLY DEVOTED (Birmingham Rep, Paines Plough, Tricycle& UK Tour); JEKYLL AND HYDE and GHOST THE MUSICAL (English Theatre Frankfurt); PETER PAN (Theatre Royal Winchester); THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN (Paines Plough, Roundabout Season); FROM UP HERE (Perfect Pitch Musicals, South Hill Park Arts Centre); THE KISSING DANCE (Peter Huntley Productions & Chantelle Staynings, Jermyn Street Theatre); ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (Primavera Productions, Jermyn Street Theatre); SATURDAY NIGHT (Primavera Productions, Jermyn Street Theatre, Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Windsor).
As Musical 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).
Education and training projects include: MOUSETRAP THEATRE PROJECTS: STAGESONG (2011-2015) - workshops on song writing for GCSE and A-Level music students, showcased in a West End Theatre; GALA FINALE (2015 Old Vic) - co-ordination and rehearsal of a choir including students and community performers; HANDS ON A HARDBODY; LYSISTRATA JONES (Guildford School Of Acting, Music Director); SOHO CINDERS (Arts Educational Schools, Music Director); THE RINK (Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts, Music Director). Tom is an Actor Musician Lecturer at Rose Bruford College (2012-2016) and teaches at special needs schools for children with PMLD and ASD across London.
JERUSALEM in thrilling revival at Watermill Theatre
In it’s first major revival, JERUSALEM has been thrilling audiences in Berkshire. Directed by Lisa Blair, this production features Jasper Britton in the role of Rooster Byron, and has Musical Direction & Sound Design by Tom Attwood.
"as devastating, pertinent and incandescently funny as you could hope."
“Blair's direction impresses for the subtleties she has found in those relationships… she brings an element of tenderness into Byron's relationships with those around him.”
“It's just all so rich, so full of energy and passion. Three hours simply fly by. This vision of England, at once fantastical and real, funny and tragic, wild and profound is a modern classic.”
The Times ★★★★★
“…throb with energy, ideas, comedy, carnality and complexity for three magical hours. It is a rambunctious rural tragicomedy, a state-of-the-nation play”
“this modern great play remains immense”
The Telegraph ★★★★★
“Just as Lisa Blair’s revival argues the case for the play having renewed topicality… so Britton forces you to see the character afresh as a figure of inspiriting symbolic force and real-life poignancy”
“There are bursts of real spectacle and flared intensity – the powerful opening scene with Phaedra, a New-Age raver, singing the lines of the hymn Jerusalem, which segues into the sounds of a rave when she gets to the “dark Satanic mills” ”
HOLES opens at Nottingham Playhouse
Adapted from Louis Sachar’s original novel and the Disney feature film starring Jon Voight and Sigourney Weaver, this production featured MLR’s Simon Kenny as Designer and Tom Attwood as Composer/Musical Director.
The Guardian ★★★★
“the show has a pleasingly fluid quality enhanced by Simon Kenny’s spare design”
“the harshness of life in Camp Green Lake is always vividly drawn”
The Stage ★★★★
“a delicious adventure story”
“There is clever and simple puppetry, some breath-holding moments, and a colourful and exuberant hoe-down.”
British Theatre Guide
“superbly staged by designer Simon Kenny who ingeniously copes with challenges”
“Holes really comes to life in a thrilling adventure”
Luke Sheppard, Tom Attwood and Gabriella Slade open MURDER FOR TWO at the Watermill
Luke Sheppard directs the UK premiere of this acclaimed Off-Broadway whodunit musical, designed by Gabriella Slade, and with Musical direction and co-sound design by Tom Attwood. Playing in Newbury until the 25th Feb prior to a run at the Other Palace Studio in London.
What’s On Stage ★★★★
“Gabriella Slade's marvellously detailed set”
“fast-moving, affectionate homage to Agatha Christie.”
“Some of the show's best moments are the gloriously precise transitions from piano to centre stage, topped by four hands on one keyboard.”
“Luke Sheppard directs with pinpoint precision, so that every transition, every tiny movement is flawlessly slick.”
“it makes for a delicious start to the Watermill's 50th anniversary year.”
The Telegraph ★★★★
“the spectacle of youth having its spoofing way remains one of theatre’s highest pleasures”
“If you need a break from doom and gloom like a hole in the head, steer well clear. Otherwise, enjoy.”
“frenetic and hilarious”
Get Reading ★★★★
“High-energy, plenty of humour”
“had me laughing from start to finish.”
“It's incredible how a simple addition of some glasses, a hat swish or a voice change had such an effect on how the story unfolded for audiences.”
“Congratulations to director Luke Sheppard, cast and crew for putting together a truly enjoyable show that was the perfect start to the year-long anniversary celebrations.”
"a smart, jaunty show"
"director Luke Sheppard – who staged Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pre-Hamilton musical with such panache – keep it all under control."
"And the piano? Well, frankly, it’s the star. Both men play with aplomb. There’s a lot of Marx Brothers-type music to keep us going and to fill in any gaps, of which there are more than a few."
"you can’t help but admire the craft, the musicianship and the banter"
"The set, by Gabriella Slade, is atmospheric, a shambolic musical noir."
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opens at the Royal and Derngate.
Luke Sheppard directs the European premiere of PETER AND THE STARCATHER in Northampton, winner of 5 Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway. David Woodhead is Designer, with Costumes by Gabriella Slade and Lighting by Howard Hudson. Tom Attwood is Musical Director. Playing until 31st September.
The Reviews Hub ★★★★★
“an absolute delight from start to finish”
“such is the skill of David Woodhead’s design that little imagination is actually required as sails appear, ladders become ships, a lifebelt is transformed into a window.”
“Luke Sheppard has created a production that is funny, effective and incredibly slick”
“once this show takes off it just keeps on flying. If you want to leave the theatre with a massive smile on your face and a warm feeling inside, look no further than the Royal & Derngate and Peter and the Starcatcher. Superb.”
Whats On Stage ★★★★
“stunningly recreated set design by David Woodhead.”
“the brilliance of the execution, deftly handled by director Luke Sheppard.”
“a rip-roaring adventure that grabs you from the opening moments and drags you unceremoniously along for the ride.”
The Stage ★★★★
“a beautiful exploration of the fragility of childhood and the joy of adventure”
“clever and funny and desperately sad”
Broadway World ★★★★
“What set there is, is beautiful and inventive, as are the costumes.”
“The whole production is slick and clever.”
Tom Attwood is Composer & Musical Director on MONSTER RAVING LOONY at Soho
Following its premiere at The Drum earlier this year, Theatre Royal Plymouth’s production of James Graham’s new comedy about the life of Monster Raving Loony Party’s Screaming Lord Sutch, plays at Soho Theatre until 18th June. Tom Atwood is composer, musical director...and also part of the cast!
Financial Times ★★★★
“a sharp, canny and original piece of political theatre.”
Evening Standard ★★★★
“Tom Attwood’s music sustains the energy”
“packed with smart ideas about the theatricality of politics”
London Theatre 1 ★★★★
“works amazingly well”
“just on the right side of completely manic”
Time Out ★★★★
“exhilaratingly daft tribute”
“poignant, sweet and brave”
“the furious multi-tasking, multi-styling cast are phenomenally good.”
British Theatre Guide
“a rip-roaring comedy”
“hard-working and talented company of actor-impressionists are to be congratulated”