Andrew Pole

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Andrew Pole

Australian Associate Director

As an Associate and Resident Director Andrew has worked alongside such luminaries as Sir Richard Eyre, Mike Nichols, Eric Idle, Jerry Mitchell, Alain Boublil, Ben Elton and Queen.

 Andrew began his collaboration with author Ben Elton and composers Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2003 on We Will Rock You, mounting productions in Australia, Japan, South Africa, Canada and the Asian/Pacific International tour.

Most recently Andrew directed Blood Brothers at Hayes Theatre Co (Sydney) and at the Alex Theatre (Melbourne) for Enda Markey. He was Resident Director on Legally Blonde for GFO,

Mary Poppins for Cameron Mackintosh/Disney, and Jekyll and Hyde, featuring an all-Australian cast touring South Korea. Prior to this, Andrew was Resident Director on Monty Python’s Spamalot for LWAA, and he was also Creative Consultant on Floorplay, the ballroom dancing phenomenon that has toured globally.

Amongst his directorial concert credits, Andrew staged Side By Side By Sondheim, featuring Ruthie Henshall and a stellar line-up of Australian music theatre stars. He directed Do You Hear The People Sing, a series of concerts in Shanghai, featuring the music of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, and starring Lea Salonga and Michael Ball. In 2016 Andrew will stage Defying Gravity, produced by Enda Markey, celebrating the songs of Stephen Schwartz and starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley with Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit.

 

Andrew began his lengthy career as a music theatre performer, most notably as Thenardier in the international tour of Les Miserables, Mavrodani in Zorba and the Australian Premiere of Closer Than Ever at the Sydney Opera House. He has been directed by Trevor Nunn, Gale Edwards, Hal Prince, Jon Ewing, John Diedrich and Joanne Robinson in a number of productions, including the original Australian casts of Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and The Phantom Of The Opera.

 

Andrew’s passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll has seen him work in various bands over the last 25 years as a musician and singer, most notably in the Beatnix, the Beatle Boys and Oldplay.

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