Leading West End and Broadway theatre producers Jamie Wilson and Kevin McCollum have struck a deal with the Shaftesbury Theatre, to become its principal producers.
Wilson and McCollum will programme content at the Shaftesbury over the next 10 years under the agreement, which is with Jamie Wilson’s Jamie Wilson Productions, and Kevin McCollum’s Broadway production outfit Alchemation.
Wilson and McCollum are currently producing Broadway musical comedy Mrs Doubtfire – which is coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre in May next year starring Gabriel Vick.
Mrs Doubtfire is currently booking to 13 January 2024, and tickets are now on sale.
Jamie Wilson and Kevin McCollum are also producers of the current UK tour of Sister Act – which played the Eventim Apollo in July starring Beverley Knight; and White Christmas, starring Lorna Luft and Jay McGuiness, which is now playing in Cornwall before a short UK tour and December residency at the Liverpool Empire.
They are also producers on new Elton John musical The Devil Wears Prada – which had a pre-broadway try-out in Chicago in August to less than stellar reviews; and musical adaptations of movies The Notebook, and Night at the Museum with music by Alan Menken.
The Shaftesbury Theatre has recently undergone a major refurb programme, with a new phase of development about to start.
The theatre is owned by DLT Entertainment’s Don Taffner Jr who became chairman in 2011, succeeding his father Don Taffner Sr. The Theatre of Comedy company, which runs the theatre, has been led by James Williams since 2004.
The Shaftesbury Theatre is currently home of smash-hit musical & Juliet, which ends its run on 25 March 2022.
Shaftesbury Theatre chief executive James Williams said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with both Jamie Wilson Productions and Alchemation in developing and promoting productions over the coming 10 years. The range of work we are nurturing is rich and hugely exciting, and the security that these productions will provide will enable the theatre to continue its work in developing the building for the 21st century. The bond between all involved and commitment to work of the highest quality will be a catalyst for growth for all, and I am excited to work with Jamie and Kevin.”
Jamie Wilson and Kevin McCollum also said in a statement: “We are looking forward to working with James Williams and the team at the Shaftesbury to programme the highest quality of work from around the world. We are thrilled that Mrs Doubtfire will be the first production, direct from its successful tryout run in Manchester.”
This news was first reported by The Stage.