Rebecca Howell

Rebecca Howell Portrait


Current and forthcoming work includes: THE WIZARD OF OZ (Pitlochry Festival Theatre).

Choreographer/Movement Director credits include: DIE TOTE STADT (Komische Oper Berlin); THE BEGGARS OPERA (Bouffe du Nord Theatre, Paris & Tour); RUTHLESS (West End); BARNUMTHE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4: THE MUSICAL and SHE LOVES ME (Menier Chocolate Factory); MAMMA MIA! (Limassol Pattihio Municipal Theatre, Cyprus); THE COUNTRY GIRLS (Chichester Festival Theatre); SPAMALOT andTHE GLASS MENAGERIE (English Theatre Frankfurt); THE LIFE OF THE PARTY (TheatreWorks, San Francisco); THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Waterloo East Theatre); TOMMY: THE ROCK OPERA (Blackpool Opera House, Peter Frosdick Productions); BLOCKBUSTER (UK Tour); NATIVITY! (Workshop, Mark Rubinstein); FALSTAFF (Royal Opera House); THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; AS YOU LIKE IT (Guildford Shakespeare Company); JEST END (Jermyn Street, Players Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre).

As Associate Choreographer to Lynne Page: MY FAIR LADY (Chicago Lyric Opera). AMERICAN PSYCHO (Almeida Theatre & Broadway); FUNNY GIRL (and UK Tour);A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Menier Chocolate Factory & West End); OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); VIVA FOREVER (West End); MY FAIR LADY (St. Petersberg & Théâtre du Châtelet); ASPECTS OF LOVE (Menier Chocolate Factory); ASSASSINS (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL (Playhouse, Leeds).

Other Associate/Assistant Theatre credits include: WE WILL ROCK YOU (Netherlands; Associate to Arlene Philips); BILLY ELLIOT (Tap Tutor, West End); LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End – Tap Consultant).


Rebecca Howell trained at the London Studio Centre.

06 December 2017

Rebecca Howell choreographs BARNUM at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Rebecca Howell choreographs BARNUM at the Menier Chocolate Factory

BARNUM, with a book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart and music by Cy Coleman, is directed by Gordon Greenberg. It has choreography by MLR’s Rebecca Howell and runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory until January 3rd.

 The Times

“The choreography (by Rebecca Howell) is clever, making it all look bigger and better”

“Oh it’s a spectacle, this show”


“choreographed by Rebecca Howell…marvellous and astonishing to behold.”

“The very best of this Barnum are the characters who have barely a line: the singers and dancers who fill the arena with constant, teeming life and close-up feats of acrobatic wonder.”

 Time Out

“There are moments when the tiny room seems to contain an impossible amount of life.”

“an entertaining production.”

Broadway World

“Gives thanks, too, for Rebecca Howell's vibrant choreography- we get impressive flips, tricks and stunts, soaring aerial work, and tight ensemble movement that adds…volume”

The Guardian

“a charming, toe-tapping affair”

“Their romance is swaddled by an ensemble of enormous energy who leap, tumble and whirl about the stage, showing off an impressive range of street magic tricks and edgier stunts”



28 July 2017

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ opens at Menier Chocolate Factory.

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ opens at Menier Chocolate Factory.

Luke Sheppard’s production, originally staged at Leicester Curve in 2015, runs at the Chocolate Factory until 9th Sept, with Choreography by Rebecca Howell and Lighting by Howard Hudson.

 Evening Standard ★★★★★

“What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to offer a full-throated commendation of that rarest of beasts, a perfectly realised new British musical.”

“Luke Sheppard’s production fizzes with pep and verve” 

“A lovely, lovely show.”

What’s On Stage ★★★★★ 

“an entertainment-focused spectacle with smart jokes and even better songs.”

“it resonates with everyone, not just those who remember Maggie.”

The Idependent ★★★★★ 

"perfectly capturing the inherently comic nature of puberty."

"This endearing and thoroughly enjoyable show should not be missed."

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“a fresh and funny show”

“the show effortlessly recreates a vanished era.”

“Luke Sheppard’s production is swift, lively and makes good use of an ensemble in which the adults turn, in a second, into blazered or gym-slipped schoolkids.”

“it has bounce and charm and appealed equally to myself and my 12-year-old advisor.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“a glorious summer-holiday treat at the Menier Chocolate Factory.” 

“Luke Sheppard’s ebullient yet compact staging”

The Stage ★★★★ 

“succinctly captures the essence of Townsend's original.”

“a joyous British musical comedy that feels funny, poignant and – despite being set in the 1980s – remarkably fresh.”

The Times ★★★★

“You really can’t help but laugh.”

“It’s perfect summer holiday fare.” 

Timeout ★★★★

“genuinely hilarious”

“it’s the full-throttle performances and exuberantly absurdist humour of Luke Sheppard’s galloping production that really bring the magic.” 

“book now so you can smugly say you caught it before the West End transfer.”

24 February 2017

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL in Manchester

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL in Manchester

Following a run in the West End, FUNNY GIRL starts its UK tour at Manchester Palace with Sheridan Smith continuing her role as Fanny Price. Choreography by Lynne Page, Rebecca Howell is Associate Choreographer. Touring until August 2017.

Manchester Evening News ★★★★★

“brilliant choreography” 

“jaw-droppingly fantastic”

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“a colourful and pleasingly-effective version of a classic but not often seen masterpiece of musical theatre.” 

The Guardian ★★★★

“The staging has the same delicious silliness as Fanny’s Ziegfeld Follies acts”

“production, like its heroine, never takes itself too seriously. Likewise, Lynne Page’s choreography tickles more than it dazzles, the exaggerated leaps and twirls gleefully embracing the humour of the show.” 

Manchester Confidential ★★★★

12 December 2016

Rebecca Howell is Choreographer on SHE LOVES ME at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Rebecca Howell is Choreographer on SHE LOVES ME at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Directed by Matthew White, this 1963 Broadway musical is revived at the Menier and opens to rave reviews. Running until March 4th 2017.

The Independent ★★★★★ 

“enormous charm”

“romantic and witty, sensitive and absurd all at the same time” 

“I can't think of a happier seasonal treat than watching this show”

The Observer ★★★★★

“It is hard to imagine a more beguiling staging of this macaroon musical”

“This bijou evening has no lazy moments.” 

The Stage ★★★★★ 

“A scintillating and delightful revival”

“no show has been more exquisitely and perfectly realised there than She Loves Me." 

“a fragrant delight in every sense” 

What’s On Stage ★★★★★ 

“a jewel and one perfectly served by this delicate revival”

“Rebecca Howell's choreography fills the tiny space with great flair.”

“Utterly heavenly.”

Financial Times ★★★★

“full of such delightful notes”

“Rebecca Howell’s choreography is perky rather than flashy, which is as it should be. All in all, the show comes up smelling of roses."

The Telegraph ★★★★ 

“with much ingenious choreographic input crammed into a confined space from Rebecca Howell”

“gift-wrapped perfection.” 

A Younger Theatre

“The end of the show is perfectly timed with the Christmas season with the delightful song, “Twelve Days to Christmas” which is beautifully choreographed to show the panic of shoppers in the lead up to Christmas day”

Broadway World ★★★★ 

“Throughout, Rebecca Howell's choreography is invested with detailed, kooky character, cleverly supporting ravishing numbers that really do reveal inner lives in a way that advances the story.”

“both a period charmer and oddly resonant” 

“A swoon-worthy seasonal treat that captures the wonder and absurdity of love.”

The Times ★★★★

“The directing, from Matthew White, is extraordinarily good, as is the witty choreography from Rebecca Howell. The scene in the café where Amalia is waiting to meet her “Dear Friend” (as she calls him) is hilarious, slapstick meets Strictly Come Dancing, with a bit of Dating Direct thrown in. It is a joy to watch, fun, fast and furious.” 

“The whole experience turns out to be a bit of a gift. Anyone would think it was Christmas.”

25 April 2016

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy

After a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, FUNNY GIRL transfers to the West End starring Sheridan Smith. Lynne Page is Choreographer, with Rebecca Howell as her associate. Playing until 8th October 2016.

The Telegraph ★★★★

“such full-hearted charm that you can only surrender to it.” 

Evening Standard ★★★★

“Triumphant reinvention is full of heart”

“sassy production”

Gay Times ★★★★★

“Funny Girl finds itself landing straight into your heart come curtain call”

“Lynne Page’s choreography is brave in its want to stick with tradition. Regularly adding light to the piece, there’s a sense of charm that’s painfully addictive throughout; seen most noticeably in this gorgeous ensemble of dancers.”

“perfects the art of finding new life in a piece of theatrical gold.”

“With heart, heartache and one killer leading lady, this is a production of Funny Girl you’ll be talking about for years!” 

Financial Times ★★★★

“has the wit, charm and energy to carry it through.” 

“There’s a nice pinch of salt to Lynne Page’s sparky choreography, which revels in both the stately absurdity of Ziegfeld beauties in towering headdresses and the daftness of waiters pirouetting with chairs.”

Official London Theatre 

“What should I look out for?

Lynne Page’s choreography, especially for the opening night party at Mrs Brice’s saloon, where aging Jewish matriarchs shimmy like showgirls.” 

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Lynne Page provides both po-faced, lithe-limbed splendour for the Follies and a spirited Brooklyn knees-up”

“transforms a good musical into a great one.”

City AM ★★★★★ 

“uproariously funny and energetic to the end.”

“Streisand be damned, you won’t see Funny Girl performed with this kind of comic bravado again soon.”

Radio Times

“This is a good old-fashioned West End show with 11 o’clock numbers that will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.”


 What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“Lynne Page's neat choreography”

“will make you laugh, cry and want to see the show again.”

The Times ★★★★

“Lynne Page’s choreography makes good use of the conveyor belts on Michael Pavelka’s layered set, and looks happier on the big stage.” 

“pretty great production, pretty unforgettable star turn”