Theatre in the Community - The Producers

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre has been community-run since 2001, always maintained, looked after and run by volunteers from the local area. This is one of the things which makes us such a unique resource for theatre groups in the area; we are run by the community for the community to benefit. The Producers, our in house musical fundraiser taking place in February 2018, is helping us to build on this community in a big way! 

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Meet the Principals

York has an incredibly vibrant theatre scene, and so it is no surprise that many of our principals have trodden the boards before – most of them in our own theatre!

Andrew Taking the huge lead role of larger than life Broadway Producer Max Bialystock is Theatre scene regular Andrew Isherwood. Andrew has recently been an active member of York Shakespeare Project, York Settlement Community Players, York Theatre Royal community productions and NE Musicals, starring in many of their recent performances.
Joining him leading the show as nervous accountant Leo Bloom is Robert Fisher, who has often performed at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre and others with local groups York Light Youth, Pick Me Up Theatre, Bev Jones Music Company, and York Orchard. Between them, Andrew and Rob will be on stage almost all the time singing, dancing and relentlessly entertaining at the head of a cast of 6 strong principals and almost 20 ensemble performers. Robert
Jonny Jonny Holbeck, another regular member of York Stage Musicals and Pick Me Up Theatre, will be scene stealing in his incredibly popular portrayal of Franz Leibkind, the slightly insane German writer of the play within the play, “Springtime for Hitler”.

Taking only her second lead role in a musical, Nikki Ainscough will be proving she’s got it to flaunt as blonde Swedish bombshell Ulla. Rounding up the team will be Larry Gibson, a stalwart of York Musical Theatre Company, as the eccentric Broadway director Roger DeBris, and playing opposite him as “common law assistant” the delightfully camp Carmen Ghia, is Martin Lay, who has performed recently with NE Musicals, York Light Opera and Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company. 

One of the Funniest Shows of All Time

With such a strong principal lineup as well as a 20 strong ensemble, the show is bound to be an absolute smash hit. Rehearsals started this week with a read through, and we can’t wait to get stuck into some of the slapstick, wit and silliness which characterises The Producers as one of the funniest shows of all time. 

Watch this space for introductions to the ensemble players, production team, and more news and photos from rehearsals as we go along!


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