19 January 2018

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY opens in the West End

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THE BIRTHDAY PARTY opens in the West End

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, by Harold Pinter, opened in the West End on Thursday January 18th, in a production directed by Ian Rickson. It had Sound Design by Simon Baker and Movement Direction by Imogen Knight.


The Telegraph ★★★★★

“superlative production”

“There have been some fantastic West End Pinter revivals over the past few years, but… we’ve never had it so good.”


The Times ★★★★

“couldn’t have wished for a better revival than this”

“an extravaganza of talent”


WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“constantly surprises”

“observations of human nature as gripping and relevant as ever.”


The Guardian ★★★★

“a production that does rich justice to this strange, elusive play”

“packed with illuminating detail”


Broadway World ★★★★

“beautifully measured, allowing the absurdities, contradictions and creeping dread to arise naturally”

“a terrifically entertaining and oddly moving piece of theatre”


18 January 2018

The Manchester Evening News Award Nominations are announced

The Manchester Evening News Award Nominations are announced

The Manchester Evening News Award nominations have been announced, and we are so pleased to see so many shows included which our clients worked on…


ROSE, HOME. Nominated for Best Production and Best Actress.

Designed by Simon Kenny.


UNCLE VANYA, HOME. Nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Sound Design by Melanie Wilson.


GUYS AND DOLLS, Royal Exchange Theatre. Nominated for Best Actor.

Musical Supervision by Nigel Lilley,  Orchestrations by Simon Hale.


THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA, Royal Exchange Theatre. Nominated for Best Actress.

Designed by Liz Ascroft.


NELL GWYNN, Lowry Theatre. Nominated for Best Actress (Visiting Production) and Best Visiting Production.

Written by Jessica Swale.


HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT, Royal Exchange Theatre.  Nominated for Best Studio Performance and Best New Play.

Lighting Design by Joshua Pharo.


RITA SUE AND BOB TOO, Octagon Theatre. Nominated for Best Newcomer.

Sound Design by Emma Laxton.


RUNNING WILD, The Lowry. Nominated for Best Special Entertainment.

Lighting Design by James Whitside. 

12 January 2018


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GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, written and directed by Conor McPherson transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre from the Old Vic. MLR’s Simon Hale is the Orchestrator, Arranger and Musical Supervisor, and Simon Baker is the Sound Designer. 

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“in Simon Hale’s ravishing, folky re-imaginings, his music provides a mysterious, emotional other place for these lost and roaming souls and in doing so, seems to plumb new depths of yearning”

“Not very often, a piece of theatre comes along that radiates an ineffable magic”

The Times ★★★★★

“Simon Hale’s musical arrangements, which do unexpected, tender things”

“a show that transports the soul”

“something bewitchingly original. It’s pure stage magic.”

Broadway World ★★★★★

“Every now and then you see a show that reminds you why you love theatre. You sit there mesmerised by the spectacle, getting goosebumps at every word spoken. Then there's that specific moment that gives you everything you never knew you wanted. But you needed it, and you feel incredibly full afterwards. Girl from the North Country is that show.”

“If you've ever struggled, loved, risked, or dreamed, then this is the show for you. It's like nothing you've ever seen, and once you've witnessed it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.”

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“A wide-ranging selection of Dylan's songs from across his remarkable career punctuates the piece with a poetic poignancy, deftly accompanied by a violin, double bass and drum kit.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“the most effective choices, gorgeously arranged by Simon Hale, instead catch onto a mood, thought or feeling – music suddenly illuminating drama via a sideways glance, and vice versa”

“Music, too, emphasises the themes of ambiguity of action, and the complexity of humanity”

The Stage ★★★★

“Simon Hale’s arrangements of the songs give the show an emotional heft and the quality and richness of the voices remains glorious.”

“The atmospheric staging, the narrative power of the music and the skill of the performances combine to create something magical…at once soaring and intimate” 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“Orchestrator Simon Hale has reworked the songs in surprising ways…there’s a gleaming brightness or haunting melancholy…each gives us access to a person’s soul.”

19 December 2017

THE GRINNING MAN opens at Trafalgar Studios

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THE GRINNING MAN opens at Trafalgar Studios

THE GRINNING MAN, originally produced at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, runs at Trafalgar Studios. It has additional Choreography by Lynne Page, and Sound Design by Simon Baker. 

The Times ★★★★

“however much I try to put this stunning new British musical into a box, it crawls out and demands to be seen as its own deliciously strange thing.”

“Whatever you call this moving, amusing oddity, I simply loved it.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“the final, desperately moving moments put me in mind of the reconciliation scenes in Shakespeare’s late romances.

“A dark-hearted Christmas treat”

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“the atmosphere of the Trafalgar Fair … spills into the stalls. The cast even clamber about the auditorium…this is meta storytelling at its most fun.”

“as satisfying and heart-wrenching as anything you might see on stage at the moment. It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in.” 

The Independent ★★★★

“wholly its macabre, distinctive self”

“unfolds like a fevered, slightly bonkers but luridly compelling fairy story”




19 December 2017

New Q Brothers’ Show to Debut at the Flea Theater Next Year!

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New Q Brothers’ Show to Debut at the Flea Theater Next Year!

They will premiere their new show, “Ms. Estrada” - a hip-hop remake of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” – in the off-Broadway venue, upstairs in the Sam Theater from March 22–April 22, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum.  The show is billed by the theatre as “the Girl Anthem of 2018”.

The Flea Theater just announced its “Season of Womyn” which will start in January, at its new address on Thomas Street in TriBeCa. 

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