Hartshorn – Hook Productions was founded in 2007 by Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook, shortly after they met; working on the national touring production of “The Producers”.
Their first production was West Side Story in collaboration with the Manchester Consort and the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008. The venture, directed by Stefan Janski and conducted by Gregory Batsleer, was staged to mark the 50th anniversary of Sondheim and Bernstein’s masterpiece.
Since then Hartshorn – Hook Productions has produced over forty productions from the UK, Europe and the USA, including Away From Home (UK Tour), The Blues Brothers – A Tribute (Lowry Theatre, Manchester and West End), Beulah (UK Tour) Some Small Love Story directed by Noreen Kershaw (UK Tour) and Woody Sez (West End), which was nominated for the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Louis and Brian are active within the theatre industry, leading workshops and speaking at conferences and events such as the 2014 UK Theatre Touring Symposium and the visionary 24/7 theatre festival in Manchester. Louis and Brian are passionate about the community value of the Arts, touring theatre and supporting developing artists.