Matt Cole

Matt Cole Portrait

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Future projects include: THE NIGHT PIRATES (UK Tour); THE PRODUCERS (International Tour); LOVESICK (NYC Workshop) and CINDERELLA (Milton Keynes). 

As Director credits include: THE MGM STORY (& Choreographer, UK Tour); CARMEN LA CUBANA (Co-director, Chatelet Theatre, Paris); THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (Resident Director, King’s Cross Theatre); WEST SIDE STORY (Resident Director, UK Tour); NEVER FORGET (Resident Director, UK Tour).

As Choreographer credits include: FLASHDANCE (UK Tour); FOOTLOOSE (UK and International Tour); LOVESICK (Berkeley Rep, California); SIDE SHOW (Southwark Playhouse); LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (UK Tour); ALADDIN (Theatre Clwyd); RAGS THE MUSICAL (Theatre Royal Stratford East); PURE IMAGINATION (St James’ Theatre); AMOUR (Royal Academy of Music); JERRY’S GIRLS (St James’ & Jermyn Street Theatre); BETTE MIDLER & ME (Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour); THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER (Jermyn Street); THE ROAD TO QATAR (Edinburgh Festival & Landor Theatre); ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL (UK & Australian Tour); VAMPIRETTE: A NEW MUSICAL (Manchester Opera House); THE PULSE AWARDS (Grosvenor House); THE PAM ANN SHOW (Palladium, Apollo Hammersmith & UK/International Tour); SLEEPING BEAUTY, CINDERELLA, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK and ALADDIN (Qdos).

As Resident/Associate: GUYS & DOLLS (Chichester Festival Theatre, Savoy Theatre & UK Tour) and THE INTERNATIONAL TREND AWARDS (NYC).

Television credits include: Assistant Choreographer on STRICTLY COME DANCING (BBC).

Other choreographer credits include: Creative Choreographer for Private Drama (which supplies choreography to high-profile corporate events across London); Member of the Creative Team for Icon Dance, which provides dancers, choreography and production for major events and Choreographer for two shows in Miami for Jean Ann Ryan Productions, to be installed into their six-star cruise ships.

Performing credits include: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MIAMI NIGHTS, CATS, CHICAGO, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, ZORRO, THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, CANDIDE, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, CHILDREN IN NEED, COMIC RELIEF, THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE and THE PAUL O’GRADY SHOW. 

24 January 2017

Matthew Cole is Choreographer on LOVE SICK at Berkeley Rep

Matthew Cole is Choreographer on LOVE SICK at Berkeley Rep

Directed by Christopher Renshaw, this new musical premieres at Berkeley’s intimate Osher Theater in San Francisco this month, followed by a run at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in February.

San Francisco Chronicle

“is at once economic and lush, both human and cosmic in scale, its plot steadily propelled toward inevitable ruin yet simultaneously full of surprises.”

http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/Love-Sick-So-good-you-won-t-want-to-be-10877488.php#photo-12219133

Huffington Post

“…The show has been staged as a magnificent exercise in storytelling through music and dance”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/588506ede4b0d96b98c1dd5c?timestamp=1485154346932 

Edge Media Network

"the sexiest Bible study we’ve ever been to.”

“punctuated by brazen dance.”

“an intimate spectacle in more ways than one and, simply put, this show is amazing, note for note.”

“The fact that in this day and age it's possible to surprise and challenge an audience with just dance and words illuminates how powerful and enduring the poetry really is.”

“Indeed, this is the kind of show where you hope it takes off and becomes a hit just so that you'll have the chance to see it again.” 

http://sanfrancisco.edgemedianetwork.com/entertainment/reviews/209162/love_sick

Joint Forces Journal

’Love Sick’ is unique in that it fuses the music and poetry of theater with elements of a live concert. This is a unique production that has sensual overtones. It encompasses rich character, offering a story with a musical landscape that echoes the rhythms of flamenco and unique sounds from throughout the Middle East to traditional modern musical theater.”

http://jointforcesjournal.com/_jfj.php?READ=yes&which=2571

Berkeleyside

“flamenco music and voluptuous dance are vital and spectacular aspects”

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/01/23/captivating-world-premiere-love-sick-defies-classification/

03 November 2016

Matthew Cole and Howard Hudson open SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse

Matthew Cole and Howard Hudson open SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse

With Choreography by Matthew Cole and Lighting by Howard Hudson, this musical runs at Southwark until 3rd December.

Broadwayworld.com ★★★★★

"This is top-quality West End stuff at a quarter the price." 

"A word too for Matthew Cole's dynamic choreography, adding to the West End lustre of the production." 

"I might not see anything as good on its own terms for years."

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-SIDE-SHOW-Southwark-Playhouse-26-October-2016-20161027#

Whatsonstage.com ★★★★   

"an unqualified sensation" 

"the seven strong chorus of human oddities is terrific, singing and executing Matthew Cole's muscular choreography magnificently" 

"Howard Hudson's evocative lighting is truly a thing of beauty."

"a triumph" 

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-side-show-southwark-playhouse_42109.html

The Stage ★★★★   

"Hannah Chissick's production doesn't stint on putting them at the centre of a very vividly realised freak show"

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/side-show-review-at-southwark-playhouse-london-stunning-and-stirring/

Guardian

"a fine, fluid production by Hannah Chissick" 

"The staging also boasts a design by Takis that offers plenty of low-budget pizazz, with fairground lights and silver tassels to conjure up the tawdry glamour of the travelling side show – a world with a much darker and grimmer reality beneath its surface"

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/oct/30/side-show-review-southwark-playhouse-conjoined-twins-musical

The Arts Desk 

"Matthew Cole provides ingenious and frequently witty choreography"

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/side-show-southwark-playhouse

Exeunt Magazine

"with Director Hannah Chissick creating a textured and troubled world for the starlets. The scaffolding-like stage that houses the band glows with warm filament bulbs."

"Matthew Cole’s choreography is slick and inventive and the ensemble are polished, tight, and charming."

http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-sideshow-southwark-playhouse/?source=pop

22 September 2016

Matthew Cole Directs and Choreographs THE MGM STORY at the Gatehouse Theatre

Matthew Cole Directs and Choreographs THE MGM STORY at the Gatehouse Theatre

Running until 25th September

Musical Theatre Review ★★★★★ 

“Matthew Cole’s choreography makes up for it by filling the small Gatehouse stage.”

“Cole, who also directs, keeps it all ticking along at a decent pace”

“a joyful celebration of a golden era.”

http://musicaltheatrereview.com/the-mgm-story-upstairs-at-the-gatehouse/  

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“Chris Burgess clearly knows his subject, and combined with the direction and choreography of Matthew Cole, and the musical direction of Charlie Ingles they have an excellent mix for communicating it to an audience” 

“an intelligent, very interesting and sweet look at one of the powerhouses of 20th Century mass-entertainment”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-mgm-story-upstairs-at-the-gatehouse-london/  

A Younger Theatre ★★★★

“The choreography throughout the rest of the show is also superb”

“a worthy celebration of the studios work and really highlights the Golden era of Hollywood musicals that’s well worth the ticket.”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-the-mgm-story-upstairs-at-the-gatehouse/  

07 January 2016

Matthew Cole and Andy Massey open GUYS AND DOLLS at the Savoy Theatre.

Matthew Cole and Andy Massey open GUYS AND DOLLS at the Savoy Theatre.

This classic musical transfers from Chichester Festival Theatre to the West End for a limited run. Matthew Cole is Associate Choreographer and Andy Massey is Assistant Musical Director. Playing until the 12th of March. 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“lighting up the West End like a heaven-sent shaft of summer sun.”

“induce shivers of delight at every turn, keeping the wise-crack wit coming, and hitting you with one classic tune after another.”

“if it doesn’t put a spring in your step then I don’t know what will.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/guys-and-dolls-savoy-theatre-review-shivers-of-delight-at-every/

The Stage ★★★★

“looks, sounds and dances up a storm”

“fleet-footed choreography.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/guys-and-dolls-review-at-the-savoy-theatre-london-sensational/

The Guardian ★★★★

“the choreography…feels inherently dramatic” 

“Delivered with grace and elan.”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/07/guys-and-dolls-review-jamie-parker-savoy

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“looks gorgeous, sounds timeless”

“genuinely magical.” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/guys-and-dolls-theatre-review-stand-up-and-clap-this-witty-show-really-rocks-the-boat-a3150841.html

The Independent ★★★★ 

“joyous revival.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/guys-and-dolls-savoy-theatre-london-review-joyous-revival-is-perfect-antidote-to-january-blues-a6800781.html

London Theatre Guide ★★★★

“that pulsating score comes once again to irresistible thrilling life, and an ensemble of superbly drilled dancers give the choreography…athleticism and exhilaration.”

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/reviews/guysanddolls15.htm

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