Karen is an Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director, working extensively in theatre and television both in the UK and abroad.
Director credits include: The Last Tango (UK tour, Phoenix Theatre), Dance ’Til Dawn (UK tour, Aldwych); Midnight Tango (UK tour, Phoenix); Strictly Come Dancing – the Professionals (Stage Entertainment tour); Love Me Tender (UK Tour); Saturday Night Fever (Spain, South Africa, Victoria Apollo, UK tour, Australia, Singapore, Scandinavia, Korea); Oliver! (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bermuda); Footloose (Novello, UK tour, South Africa) and The Wedding Singer (UK tour).
Choreographer credits include: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (London Palladium), The Last Tango (UK tour, Phoenix Theatre), The Bodyguard (UK tour); Dance ‘Til Dawn (UK tour); Starlight Express (Joburg Theatre, South Africa); The Last Horseman (Madrid); Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates (Birmingham Hippodrome); Chess (Margitsziget Open Air Theatre, Budapest); Never Forget (Savoy, UK tour); Doctor Doolittle (UK tour); Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse); The Producers (Spain); Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury); Brighton Rock (Almeida); Annie Get Your Gun (number one tour); Footloose (Theatre Royal Plymouth, number one tour); When Harry Met Barry (the Venue, try-out) and A Chorus Line and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible).
Television credits include: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC – 7 seasons); So You Think You Can Dance (BBC – 2 seasons); Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); Toast (BBC Film); Children in Need (BBC); Believe in Me - The UK entry in the The Eurovision Song Contest 2013; The Voice, Waking the Dead, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, The Les Dennis Laughter Show, The Lisa Maxwell Show (BBC) and Head Over Heels (Carlton).
Other events include: The Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester), devising a piece based on music in war for Fiona Laird (National Theatre) and several commissions for Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises.
Awards and nominations: Olivier Award nomination for Best Family and Entertainment for Dance ‘Til Dawn (Aldwych); Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse); TMA Best Musical Award for Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible); Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment for Midnight Tango and WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice nomination for Best Choreographer for Never Forget.
Simon Lee’s theatre credits includes, as music supervisor and/or orchestrator: The Little Prince (both its theatre premiere in Canada, and its symphonic concert premiere in Abu Dhabi); Grey Gardens; Grand Hotel(Southwark Playhouse); Tell Me on a Sunday (Duchess / Gielgud); Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Never Dies; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Evita (Adelphi); The Woman in White(Palace and Broadway); The Sound of Music (Palladium); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge); Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway and globally) and Romance Romance (Gielgud). He is also the music supervisor on The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium 2017) and The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre 2017), for which he is also the orchestrator.
Film, as conductor and music supervisor: the yet to be released Broadway 4D; The Phantom of the Opera (3 Academy Award nominations, including best song, for which Simon composed the orchestration); Bjork: Vespertine Live at the Royal Opera House; Jesus Christ Superstar (International Emmy Award); Cats.
Recording: has conducted around 50 albums ranging from the more classical (Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang), through musical theatre (Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Michael Ball), to pop/rock (Primal Scream, Boyzone). Also many soundtracks and cast albums.
Simon has conducted many of the world's greatest orchestras, from the London Symphony Orchestra to the Tokyo Philharmonic. He conducted Bernstein's On The Town, The Mikado and Kismet at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess at Regents Park and, most recently, Tosca. Simon also conducts the symphonic Disney, Pixar and Frozen concerts with the CBSO.
Bretta is a Lighting, Set, Costume and Projection designer for Theatre, Circus, Opera, Film and Installation Art. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre (Canada) where she co- creates and tours new work across North America the UK and Australia. Bretta also designs for Cirque du Soleil, The RSC, The National Arts Centre, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Birmingham REP, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, The Citadel Theatre and The Grand Theatre. She is the recipient of over 25 awards in addition to Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40, Global Television's Woman of Vision, IPL Best Emerging Artist, the Lucille Lortel Award (Best Costume Design, Off Broadway). She recently represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs were exhibited in Moscow, Beijing, and Taipei. Bretta lives in London (UK) she is a marathon runner and an Archaeological Illustrator.
Nick’s West End designs include: The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum); Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre); La Cage aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre - Olivier Award winner of Best Musical Revival 2009, which transferred to Broadway - Tony Award nomination for Best Lighting and Tony Award winner of Best Musical); Forbidden Broadway (Vaudeville Theatre); Monty Python’s Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre); Simply the Best (Savoy Theatre); Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West (Royal Opera House, Lincoln Center NY, Paris & the O2); Whistle Down the Wind (Palace Theatre & US tour); Fiddler on the Roof; Scrooge (London Palladium); Mystery of Charles Dickens (West End, UK Tour & Broadway); Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes.
UK tours include: Saturday Night Fever, The Rocky Horror Show, Cilla the Musical, Ghost, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Glenn Miller Story, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Blood Brothers, Starlight Express, Spend Spend Spend! Strictly Come Dancing: the Professionals, Armstrong and Miller - Live, Laughter in the Rain, Jekyll & Hyde and Guys and Dolls.
Other credits include; Beauty & The Beast (BB Productions, Germany); Cruel Intentions (Edinburgh Festival); Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Friends the Musical; Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour); The Nightingales; While the Sun Shines, Time and the Conways (Theatre Royal Bath); The Ladykillers, Witches of Eastwick, Sleuth, Ben Hur, Marriage of Figaro (Watermill Theatre); Mother Courage, The Seagull, The Heretic, A Dolls House, Glenn Gary Glenn Ross, Great Expectations, Faith Healer, Library Theatre Manchester; The Price, Our Man in Havana, Hound of the Baskervilles, Travesties (Nottingham Playhouse); Sweet Charity, Midsummer Songs, Mods and Rox, Guys and Dolls (New Wolsey Ipswich); The Recruiting Officer, The Maid of Butterworth (Theatre by the Lake Keswick).