The Fashion Visionary Who Broke the Rules

12th May 2015

St. James Theatre

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This world premiére production of James Philips’ play McQueen opened at the St James Theatre, London on 12th May 2015 for a limited run of 6 weeks. It then transferred to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket where it opened on the 24th August 2015, finally closing there on October 17th.

Music in McQueen

The music used in this production formed a particularly important part of the creative process. This is because every track that was worked into John Leonard’s amazing soundscape had been previously used by Alexander McQueen in one or other of his fashion shows. Here they are:

Vitamin String Quartet — 'Come As You Are' from 'Tribute to Nirvana'
(The Girl Who Live in the Tree A/W 2008/2009)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood — 'Relax'
(It's Only a Game S/S 2005)

Agent Provocateur — 'Red Tape'
(In Memory of Elizabeth Howe Salem 1692 A/W 2007/2008)

Bassbin Twins — 'Out of Hand'
(Horn of Plenty A/W 2009/2010)

Mozart — 'Piano Concerto No.23'
(No. 13 A/W 2009/2010)

Duke Ellington — 'Take the A Train'
(Deliverance S/S 2004)

Azzido da Bass — 'Doomsnight'
(Voss S/S 2001 & The Horn of Plenty A/W 2009/2010)

Duke Ellington — 'The Mooche'
(Deliverance S/S 2004)

Nina Simone — 'I Put a Spell on You'
(In Memory of Elizabeth Howe Salem 1692 A/W 2007/2008)

Handel — 'Sarabande'
(Sarabande S/S 2007)

Björk — 'An Echo, A Stain'
(The Dance of the Twisted Bull S/S 2002)

György Ligeti — 'Lux Aeterna'
(In Memory of Elizabeth Howe Salem 1692 A/W 2007/2008)

Handel — 'Zadok the Priest'
(The Girl Who Live in the Tree A/W 2008/2009)

Marilyn Manson — 'The Beautiful People'
(Horn of Plenty A/W 2009/2010)


Written by James Phillips

The Creatives

PlaywrightJames Phillips
DirectorJohn Caird
Production DesignerDavid Farley
ChoreographerChristopher Marney
Video DesignerTimothy Bird
Lighting DesignerDavid Howe
Sound DesignerJohn Leonard
Wig DesignerLinda McKnight
Casting DirectorJayne Collins CDG / Kate Plantin CDG / Adam Maskell
Assistant DirectorEmma Baggott
Props SupervisorLizzie Frankl
Costume SupervisorCaroline Hannam / James Maciver

The Cast

LeeStephen Wight
DahliaDianna Agron
IsabellaTracy-Ann Oberman
ArabellaLaura Rees
Mr. HitchcockDavid Shaw-Parker
Ensemble DancerSophie Apollonia
Ensemble Dancer (Dance Captain)Amber Doyle
Ensemble DancerGeorge Hill
Twin / Ensemble DancerEloise Hymas
Ensemble DancerJordan Kennedy
Ensemble DancerRachel Louisa Maybank
Swing Ensemble DancerJames Revell
Twin / Swing Ensemble DancerCarrie Willis

The Production

Company ManagerJacqueline C Morgan
Stage ManagerGaz Wall
Deputy Stage ManagerAdam Cox
Assistant Stage ManagerHarriet May
Wardrobe MistressKaty Kettleborough
Wardrobe DeputyWilliam McGovern
Wardrobe AssistantGeorgina Felce
Wig, Hair & Make Up MistressSophie Bolton

For the London Production of McQueen

ProducersRobert Mackintosh AMIR Ltd. / Hilary A. Williams / Deborah Negri / Dead Posh Productions
Executive ProducerJulian Stoneman
General ManagementJulian Stoneman Associates
Associate General ManagerMark Green
Production ManagerLee Batty / Spencer New
CastingKate Plantin CDG / Jayne Collins CDG / Adam Maskell
Dialect CoachBudgie Salam
Props SupervisorLizzie Frankl
Props AssistantClaire Turner
TRH Costume SupervisorKaty Kettleborough
St James Costume SupervisorCaroline Hannam / James Maciver
Assistant DesignerGrace Smart
Assistant Wig SupervisorSuzy Barrett
Production CarpentersDan Ewings / Jack Harding
Production ElectricianAl Mullen / John Mann
Lighting ProgrammerGraham Loughman
Sound AssociateLuke Swaffield
Production Sound EngineerAndrew Meadows / Richard George / Tim Rawlings
Video ProgrammerJohn McGarrigle
Associate Video DesignerAmber McDonald
Lead AnimatorLetty Fox
AnimatorOscar Gränse
Additional AnimationLawrence Watson
Camera Work for DancersCatherine Derry
Shoot ProductionLucy Ward
RiggersHoward Dandy / Alex Taylor / Mark Davies / Sean Whitton for Unusual Rigging
Local TransportSouthern Van Lines
Design, Marketing & SalesAKA / Adam Kenwright / Simon Delany / Leah Beky / Holly Oriel / Oliver Southgate
International Press RepresentativeAmanda Malpass PR / Amanda Malpass / Alison Duguid / Alexandra Buchanan
Additional Creative Artwork & VideographyThe Umbrella Rooms / Nathan Amzi / Elise Audeyev / Milly Smith
Production PhotographySpecular
Business Development ManagementHustler Front Productions / Lonely Rock Productions
InsuranceRobertson Taylor W&P Longreach / Bev Hewes / Emma Williams
Programme DesignThe Umbrella Rooms / Katy Gunn
Production AccountantsNeil Laidlaw Productions Ltd / Neil Laidlaw / Jennifer Halsey
Health & Safety ConsultantManaging Mayhem
Lighting supplied byPRG
Sound supplied byAutograph Sound Recording Ltd
LED Screens & Projection supplied byXL Video
Make Up supplied by MAC Cosmetics
Scenery built byIllusion Design & Construct
AutomationDelstar Engineering
Studio Equipment RentalThis World Productions
Costumes SuppliersHamar Acrylics / Jaffé et Fils Ltd
Shoes byGamba Theatrical / International Dance Shoes / Felix Dance & Leisurewear
Costumes made byDianne Kelly / Alice Ross / Emily Moore / Wendy Benstead / Joy Foster / Phil Reynolds / Sasha Keir / Madeleine Fry / Nicole Small / Chris Kerr
Costume DyeingSchultz & Wiremu Fabric Effects Ltd
Costume MillineryKatherine Goodall
Costume AssistantsSarah Bennett / Caroline Andrew
Laser Cutting by4D Model Shop
Wigs made byLinda McKnight
Make Up ConsultantMarina Sandoval
Props made & supplied byKate Epps / APJ Logistics / Data Repro / Empee Silk Fabrics Ltd / The Alcohol Free Shop