The Fashion Visionary Who Broke the Rules

24th August 2015

Theatre Royal Haymarket

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This world premiére production originated at the St James Theatre, where it premiered on 12th May 2015. It transferred to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket where it opened on the 24th August 2015, finally closing there on October 17th.

The only significant change to the production was in the casting of one of the leading players. The rôle of Dahlia, played at the St James Theatre by Diana Agron was subsequently played by Carly Bawden at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

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 byJames Phillips

The Creatives

PlaywrightJames Phillips
DirectorJohn Caird
Production DesignerDavid Farley
ChoreographerChristopher Marney
Video DesignerTimothy Bird
Lighting DesignerDavid Howe
Sound DesignerJohn Leonard
Wig DesignerLinda McKnight
Associate DirectorEmma Baggott
Casting DirectorJayne Collins CDG / Kate Plantin CDG / Adam Maskell
Props SupervisorLizzie Frankl
West End Costume SupervisorKaty Kettleborough

The Cast

LeeStephen Wight
DahliaCarly Bawden
IsabellaTracy-Ann Oberman
ArabellaLaura Rees
Mr. HitchcockMichael Bertenshaw
Ensemble DancerHarry Alexander
Ensemble DancerSophie Apollonia
Ensemble Dancer (Dance Captain)Amber Doyle
Ensemble DancerGeorge Hill
Twin / Ensemble DancerEloise Hymas
Twin / Ensemble DancerAmelia Jackson
Ensemble DancerRachel Louisa Maybank
Onstage Swing Ensemble DancerJessica Buckby
Onstage Swing Ensemble DancerAndrei Teodor Iliescu
Isabella / ArabellaEmma Bown
Dahlia / ArabellaAbby Cassidy
Mr. HitchcockMichael Eaves
LeeKevin Wathen

The Production

Company Stage ManagerEmma Basilico
Deputy Stage ManagerCharlotte Willis
Technical Assistant Stage ManagerGaz Wall
Assistant Stage ManagerAdam Cox
Wardrobe MistressCaroline Hannam
Wardrobe DeputyKaty Kettleborough
Wardrobe AssistantCaroline Andrew
Wig, Hair & Make Up MistressHayley Reeves

For the London Production of McQueen

ProducersRobert Mackintosh AMIR Ltd. / Hilary A. Williams / Deborah Negri
Executive ProducerJulian Stoneman
General ManagementJulian Stoneman Associates
Associate General ManagerMark Green
Production ManagerLee Batty / Spencer New
CastingJayne Collins CDG / Kate Plantin CDG / Adam Maskell
Dialect CoachBudgie Salam
Props SupervisorLizzie Frankl
Props AssistantClaire Turner
Costume SupervisorCaroline Hannam / James Maciver
Assistant DesignerGrace Smart
Assistant Wig SupervisorSuzy Barrett
Production CarpentersDan Hughes / Rory Evans
Production ElectricianChris Vaughan
Lighting ProgrammerWarren Letton
Production Sound EngineerDan Gregory / Tim Rawlings
Video ProgrammerJohn McGarrigle
Associate Video DesignerAmber McDonald
Lead AnimatorLetty Fox
AnimatorOscar Gränse
Additional AnimationLawrence Watson
Shoot Lighting & Camera WorkCatherine Derry
Shoot ProductionLucy Ward
RiggersJeremy Featherstone / Simon Stone / Mark Davies 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
Production PhotographySpecular
Programme DesignKaty Gunn
Music Rights CoordinatorSachal Majeed
InsuranceRobertson Taylor W&P Longreach / Bev Hewes / Emma Williams
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
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 byPhil Reynolds / Sasha Keir / Wendy Benstead / 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
Props made & supplied byKate Epps / APJ Logistics
Assistant to Robert MackintoshGabriela Garcia / Sarah Naudi