How many people does it take to put on a West End musical? Saluting all the talented people who are unable to work right now…..

“How many people does it take to put on a West End musical?” That was the question posed by one of the national daily newspapers back in 1988.

The cast and crew – and everyone who worked on BRIGADOON, 1988/9 Victoria Palace Theatre, London *For anyone wondering, I am on the front row, last on the right.

At the time, I was at the Victoria Palace Theatre, where the delightful Lerner and Loewe musical BRIGADOON was settling into what would be year-long run. As a useful bit of publicity for the show the producer, Ronnie Lee organised for a photocall for every person working in the theatre to be captured in an onstage photo which would be taken after the midweek matinee.

The count in the photo isn’t entirely accurate – for evening performances there would be more front of house staff working, and I felt sorry that those with other nine-to-five jobs didn’t get a chance to participate. It is a very rare photo, and so I wanted to share it with you not only to recall a very happy production and excellent team, but also to remind us all of the many hundreds of thousands of hugely gifted theatre practitioners who are unable to work right now. Thank you for all your talent and I hope that we all get back to doing what we love again very soon.

So let’s just remind ourselves of all the brilliant people it takes to run a show.

FOR THE PRODUCTION (On and Off Stage)

Producer (and Assistant Producer(s))

Actors (stars, featured performers, chorus and supporting company)

Understudies, swings and covers

Musicians (Musical Director, musicians, fixer)

Script writer /Book writer (for musicals)

Composer

Arranger

Choreographer

Director

Company Manager

Stage Management team – Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager

Casting Director

Agents

Accountants

Insurers

Legal advisors

Wardrobe Master/Mistress, wardrobe team

Hair and wigs team

Sound technician

Effects/visual consultant

Production team (Production Manager, Production Assistants, office team)

Set designers

Set construction studios

Costume designer

Costume production team

Lighting designer

Lighting hire companies

Sound designer

Sound hire companies

Production Manager

Rehearsal room hire companies

Pyrotechnics adviser

Fight/ stunt coordinators

Dialect coaches

Marketing team

Publicity/PR company

Photographer

Graphic Designer

Copyright holders / rights handlers

FOR THE THEATRE

Theatre owners

Theatre Manager

House Manager

Deputy Manager

Assistant Manager

Front of House staff (Chiefs of Staff, Assistants, bar staff, attendants, sales team, catering staff)

Box Office (Manager, deputy Manager, team of booking clerks)

Chief Electrician, Electrics stage team, follow spot operators, lighting board operative

Master Carpenter, stage hands team

Stage Door Keper

Fireman

Cleaners

AND NOT FORGETTING….

Programme designers, writers, contributors, printers and distributors

Brochure designers, writers, contributors, printers and distributors

Show-related merchandise designers, manufacturers and suppliers

Event catering companies (Press Night, Gala Performances, Charity Events, etc)

Drinks suppliers and distributors

Office stationery suppliers

Ticketing supplies companies

Ice cream manufacturers

Ice suppliers to the bars

Telecoms companies

IT support teams

Security staff

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL

Investors!


READERS! Do let me know if I’ve forgotten anyone. If I have, my sincere apologies and I shall update this entry accordingly every so often.

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