News: Rising Stars Festival to showcase the work of 23 producers

Twenty-three young theatre producers are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their work in the West End for the first time.

Their 17 productions – plays, musicals, concerts and one-off events – have attracted wonderful performers from emerging talent to popular West End stars. The Rising Stars Festival will run from May to September in Nimax’s six theatres (the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace and Vaudeville).

Announcing Nimax’s festival today, Nica Burns, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming into the spotlight a galaxy of talented young producers – our rising stars making their West End debuts. Entrepreneurial, adventurous, creating shows during our lockdown days to entertain and inspire, attracting stellar performers. Usually behind the spotlight, few understand what a producer does. Without them, there are no shows. If these enterprising producers are the future of the West End, it’s looking good.”

The Rising Stars Festival runs alongside Nimax’s long-running shows and new summer programme. All Nimax’s long-running shows will have reopened by the autumn. Please check the Nimax website ( for details of all 34 productions currently on sale.

Nica Burns added: “A big thank you to Oliver Dowden and the DCMS for awarding us a Cultural Recovery Fund grant which has enabled us to re-open all six of our theatres with social distancing, support the Rising Stars Festival and create hundreds of new jobs.”


17 – 19 May  Drag Queens of Pop (Vaudeville Theatre)  
Producer David O’Reilly 

18 May – 13 June  Cruise (Duchess Theatre) 
Producers Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Jamie Lambert 
and Eliza Jackson for Lambert Jackson Productions

19 May – 11 July  Death Drop (Garrick Theatre) 
Producers Ameena Hamid, Jamie Chapman Dixon and John-Webb Carter for Carter Dixon Productions

22 & 23 May  Roles We’ll Never Play (Vaudeville Theatre)   
Producer Thomas Duern

24 May  An Evening with Kathy Burke (Lyric Theatre)   
Producer David O’Reilly

24 May  Intermissions Live (Vaudeville Theatre) 
Producers Alice Fearn & Kirk Jamieson

24 May, 14 June & 5 July  Monday Night at the Apollo (Apollo Theatre) 
Producers Greg Barnett and Hugh Summers for Wild Mountain Productions Ltd 

27 -30 May  Public Domain (Vaudeville Theatre)   
Producer Adam Lenson

2 – 6 June  The Show Must Go On! (Palace Theatre)   
Producers Chris Marcus and Damien Stanton for Theatre Support Fund+ and Jack Maple and 
Brian Zeilinger for MZG productions

7 – 13 June Alyssa, Memoirs of a Queen! (Vaudeville Theatre) 
Producers Robin Rayner and  James Quaife for New Frame Productions

7 June  An Evening With Arlene Phillips (Duchess Theatre) 
Producer David O’Reilly

10 – 13 June  West End Musical Celebration (Palace Theatre)  
Producers Shanay Holmes and Chris Steward for West End Musical Productions 

14 June  West End Live Lounge (Lyric Theatre) 
Producer Shaun McCourt  

21 June & 28 June  The Distance You Have Come (Apollo Theatre) 
Producers Sarah Evans for Sevans Productions and Krystal Lee

28 June  The Wonderbirds Live (Duchess Theatre) 
Producer David O’Reilly 

15 July – 30 August  Wonderment (Palace Theatre)
Producers Stephen McGill, McGill Productions, John-Webb Carter and Jamie Dixon, Carter Dixon 
Productions, Piers Cottee-Jones, Piers Cottee-Jones Entertainment

17 September – 13 October  The Last 5 Years (Vaudeville Theatre) 
Producers Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Edward Prophet and People Entertainment Group, with Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP GROUP

Photo credit: David Levene 


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