André Ptaszynski

As a producer, André has won Best Musical Olivier or Standard Awards for six different shows. He has produced over 50 shows in all, in London, New York and on tour. His company, Pola Jones, also produced a number of comedy series for the BBC. He was, for many years the promoter for a wide range of comic talent from Dave Allen and Rowan Atkinson to Eddie Izzard and The League of Gentlemen. André was Chief Executive of the Really Useful Group from 2005 to 2011 and for the last 18 years he has also programmed and run Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End theatres including the London Palladium and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He was on the board of the National Theatre for nine years and is on the board of Mountview Theatre School. Recently, with Matthew Warchus, he produced Tim Minchin’s new musical Groundhog Day at the Old Vic and subsequently on Broadway.

Denise Wood

Denise was Lead Producer with the RSC for ten years. Working alongside Artistic Director Michael Boyd, she was responsible for the planning of the artistic programme worldwide and for overseeing the producing of the Company’s repertoire. Her numerous credits as a producer for the RSC from 1995-2012 include Michael Boyd’s Olivier Award-winning eight play Histories cycle in 2006-2008 and Gregory Doran’s acclaimed 2009 production of Hamlet with David Tennant. She has worked on Matilda The Musical since its inception, premiering the production in Stratford and London before leaving the RSC to pursue a freelance career.