Our board

Our Board

Our Board currently consists of 18 directors, all elected by the Membership, who are chaired by President, Kenny Wax.

The Board is responsible for the overall management of SOLT.

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President, Kenny Wax

Kenny was elected in 2017 and will be President until 2020. 

He is the Producer of the five time Oliver Award nominated new hit pop musical SIX currently playing to sold out audiences in London and Chicago, touring the UK from October 2019 and heading to Broadway in 2020 via Boston and Edmonton.

Kenny is producing three new comedies at the Vaudeville under the Mischief Season banner – the first being Groan Ups, the second is Magic Goes Wrong co-written with Penn & Teller opening in December. The third show has not yet been announced. Kenny has previously Produced three Mischief Theatre productions, The Play That Goes Wrong, winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and soon to celebrate its fifth birthday at the Duchess Theatre, also playing off Broadway having completed a successful Broadway run at the Lyceum in NY and touring the USA. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre has recently celebrated its third Birthday and was Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy and Peter Pan Goes Wrong touring the UK this Autumn returning to London at Christmas and was also Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy. He was also the executive producer of Christmas Carol Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong shown on BBC1 in the past couple of years and a new six part BBC sitcom, The Goes Wrong Show being broadcast this Autumn.

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 families and Children in the West End and around the provinces; titles which include Around the World in 80 Days which has recently run at the New Victory in New York, The Worst Witch and 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 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. 

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Vice-President, Caro Newling OBE

Caro was the elected President between 2014 and 2017 and will be Vice-President until 2020.

Director of Neal Street Productions, formed in 2003 with Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris to produce film, television and theatre. Previously Caro established and ran the Donmar Warehouse with Sam Mendes between 1992-2002. They met when Caro was Head of Press and Public Relations of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Most recently Caro was a commercial producer of Olivier and Tony Award-winning The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth (Gielgud and Bernie Jacobs Theatres) and The Lehman Trilogy (National Theatre, Park Avenue Armory NYC and Piccadilly Theatre), This House by James Graham at the Garrick Theatre (Headlong / Chichester Festival Theatre). Caro was also lead producer of the world premieres of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, David Grieg, produced with Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and at the Lunn-Fontanne NYC; and Shrek The Musical produced with DreamWorks Animation at Broadway Theatre NYC, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and two nationwide UK tours 2014 to 2018.

Previous productions include: The Bridge Project, a three-year transatlantic venture with Old Vic / Brooklyn Academy of Music presenting five classic plays for worldwide stages across fifteen international cities, directed by Sam Mendes: The Winter's Tale / The Cherry Orchard with Simon Russell Beale and Rebecca Hall, The Tempest / As You Like It with Stephen Dillane and Juliet Rylance, and Richard III with Kevin Spacey. Three Days of Rain with James McAvoy, The Vertical Hour with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy, and world / UK premieres of The House of Special Purpose by Heidi Thomas, All About My Mother by Sam Adamson, The Hound of Baskervilles by Steve Canny and Peepolykus, Days of Wine and Roses new version by Owen McCafferty, Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz and Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire.

West End / Broadway transfers include: Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory), South Downs / The Browning Version, Enron (Chichester Festival), Hamlet, Mary Stewart and Red (Donmar Warehouse) and Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Painkiller (Kenneth Branagh Season).

Neal Street Productions Film and television includes: Heidi Thomas' series Call The Midwife, Informer, Penny Dreadful, Stuart a Life Backwards, Starter for Ten, Things We Lost in the Fire, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Blood, The Hollow Crown for BBC featuring Richard II (dir. Rupert Goold), Henry IV Part 1 & Part 2 (dir. Richard Eyre), Henry V (dir. Thea Sharrock), Henry VI Part 1 & Part 2 and Richard III (dir. Dominic Cooke) and Britannia written by Jez Butterworth. 

Caro was President of the Society of London Theatre 2014 - 2017, Chair of Paines Plough 2010 - 2019, and has Chaired The Linbury Prize for Stage Design since 2010. Previously she has been a Trustee of the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Adventures in Motion Pictures.

Caro was made an Honorary Fellow of the Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2017 and was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to drama.

 




 

  • Nicholas Allott OBE, Managing Director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd
  • Jon Bath, Head of Production at Fiery Angel
  • Nica Burns OBE, Chief Executive of Nimax
  • Jonathan Church, Director/Producer of Jonathan Church Productions
  • Lucy Davies, Executive Producer, Royal Court Theatre
  • Rupert Gavin, Independent Producer at Incidental Colman
  • Nia Janis, Director of Playful Productions
  • Rebecca Kane Burton, CEO at LW Theatres
  • Eleanor Lloyd, Director of Eleanor Lloyd Productions 
  • Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Jeremy Meadow, Artistic Producer at Bill Kenwright Ltd
  • Patrick Murphy, Executive Producer at Global Creatures
  • Andre Ptaszynski, Independent Producer
  • Dafydd Rogers, Producer for David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers Ltd
  • Adam Speers, Executive Producer at Ambassador Theatre Group
  • Dame Rosemary Squire DBE, Joint CEO and Executive Chair at Trafalgar Entertainment Group

 






 

 



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