President, Kenny Wax
Kenny was elected in 2017 and will be President until 2020.
Kenny has Produced three Mischief Theatre productions, The Play That Goes Wrong, winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy at the Duchess Theatre (where it has notched up over 1000 performances), currently touring the UK and running on Broadway, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy and Peter Pan Goes Wrong which completed its second West End season at the Apollo Theatre last Christmas and was also Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy. He was also the executive producer of a televised version of Peter Pan Goes Wrong which was broadcast on BBC1 on New Year's Eve. This year Kenny Produced Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Federico Fellini’s Oscar winning masterpiece ‘La Strada’ which is currently running at The Other Palace following a regional tour.
Kenny is very proud to have produced the world-premiere production of Top Hat, which was the recipient of three Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical from its seven nominations and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out and Once on This Island for Imagination at the Royalty Theatre which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1995, having been nominated in four categories. In 2012 he co-produced Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town starring Connie Fisher and Michael Xavier, which won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Production. 2014 saw the launch of Hetty Feather, an adaptation of a novel by Jacqueline Wilson directed by Sally Cookson and nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best Family Entertainment.
Kenny has also built up a reputation of being one of the most prolific providers of shows for Children in the West End and around the provinces; titles which include Hetty Feather (Vaudeville Theatre), David Walliams’ Mr Stink (UK Tour), The Gruffalo (Lyric & Duchess Theatres and Tour), The Gruffalo’s Child (Arts Theatre and Tour) Room On The Broom, Laurence Olivier Award nomination ‘Best Family Entertainment’ (Lyric & Garrick Theatres and UK Tour), The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Lyric & Vaudeville Theatres and tour), Laurence Olivier Award nomination ‘Best Family Entertainment’, We’re Going On A Bearhunt, Duchess and Lyric Theatres (UK, Australia and North America Tour), What the Ladybird Heard (UK Tour, Lyric Theatre) and Mr Poppers Penguins which had an off Broadway run at the New Victory theatre last Autumn before a Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre.
Kenny has also produced Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things (New Ambassadors); Maddie (Lyric); The Challenge (Shaw) and tours of The Witches of Eastwick starring Marti Pellow, Aspects of Love starring David Essex, Anthems with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and Kerry Ellis, Hobson’s Choice starring John Savident (co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre), Stiles and Drewe’s Olivier Award-winning National Theatre production of Honk! directed by Julia McKenzie, Ben Elton’s Gasping starring David Haig, Gerald Moon’s Corpse!, Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers starring Stephanie Cole, Rosemary Leach and Susannah York, Bedroom Farce, Rain Man starring Neil Morrissey, My Boy Jack starring David Haig and Belinda Lang, Arsenic and Old Lace with Angela Thorne, Brigit Forsyth and Sylvester McCoy and Marrying the Mistress adapted from the Joanna Trollope novel.
During an eight year association with PW Productions he co-produced two West End seasons and three tours of Stephen Daldry’s multi-award winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls and was general manager for their production of The Woman in Black, both in the West End and on tour.
2017 sees a co-production of Around the World in 80 days with the New Vic Theatre. Recent projects included the UK tour and Haymarket season of Bad Jews, a tour of Relatively Speaking co-produced with Theatre Royal Bath, Nina Conti at the Criterion Theatre and Dear Lupin at the Apollo Theatre.
Having graduated with a BA HONS in Business Studies, Kenny started his working life as an usher in 1989 at the theatre Royal Drury Lane on Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon before stints as a box office clerk, follow spot operator, flyman and stage crew at the New London Theatre on Cats. During his time as Production Administrator at the Kings Head Pub Theatre in Islington he produced his first show, Kickin’ The Clouds Away. After spells at the National Youth Theatre as General Manager and Producer at Imagination Entertainments he set up his own production company in 1997.
In June 2017, he was honoured to have been appointed President of the Society of London Theatre.