Leading West End and Broadway producer Chris Harper is set to start a new production company.
Chris Harper (main photo, left) plans to restart his Chris Harper Productions business.
Since 2016 Harper has been running Elliott & Harper Productions with his co-founders, War Hose director Marianne Elliott (main photo, centre) and producer Nick Sidi (main photo, right).
Harper will continue to collaborate with Elliott and Sidi on projects, and Elliott & Harper Productions will continue to run existing productions such as the current US tour of Elliott’s acclaimed revival of Company and the Birmingham run of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but not produce any further new shows.
Harper, Elliott and Sidi said in a joint statement: “As business partners and friends, we have been close for almost 20 years and remain committed to each other’s personal and professional growth. We are extremely proud of all we have achieved at Elliott and Harper, and are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead, including new productions we are working on together, and will continue to be the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for each other.”
Chris Harper’s career in theatre spans over 30 years, including a long stint at the National Theatre as MD and Producer for their National Theatre Productions division, which included producing War Horse in London and around the world. He has also worked for Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome, Stage Entertainment, Disney Theatrical, Cameron Mackintosh and the late André Ptaszynski.
Other Elliott & Harper Productions include Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Angels in America, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Death of a Salesman and Cock.
The later production had a troubled run in the West End in 2022, with leading man Taron Egerton suddenly dropping out the show. Understudy Joel Harper-Jackson (Standing at the Sky’s Edge) took place, alongside Jonathan Bailey.
Elliott’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company proved a huge critical success in the West End and on Broadway, winning four Olivier Awards, five Tony Awards and two Drama League Awards.
Marianne Elliott’s revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman starring Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke was also a big hit – and award-winner – on both sides of the Atlantic.
Current Marianne Elliott productions include new Rebecca Lenkiewicz movie The Salt Path starring Gillian Anderson and Jason Isaacs.
This news first appeared in The Stage.