When Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook decided to start Hartshorn – Hook Productions they were working at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. The large receiving house was playing home to the UK tour of The Producers, an irony not lost on either of them.
They made their first step with a production of 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 the brilliant Gregory Batsleer, was staged to mark the 50th anniversary of Sondheim and Bernstein’s masterpiece.
Since then Hartshorn – Hook Productions has worked with The Lowry Theatre, Mary Cossette Productions, Assembly Festival, the King’s Head Theatre, a host of wonderful touring venues and the Arts Theatre, London and produced over thirty other productions from the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2011 they co-produced Woody Sez, starring David M. Lutken, a biopic of American folk legend Woody Guthrie staged at The Arts Theatre in 2011, which was nominated for the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards losing out (narrowly, they suggest!) to the RSC’s Matilda.
Between producing commercial theatre Louis and Brian are dedicated to giving back to the industry, speaking and leading workshops at numerous venues and events such 24/7 and Not Part Of theatre festivals in Manchester and Bury College. Louis and Brian are also developing a new initiative to help champion new writing, involve communities in touring theatre and support developing artists. Many exciting projects are in the pipeline – you can keep up with all the news here on the site, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Hartshorn – Hook Productions would like to offer thanks to: