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RH8 0AA.

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The Southern Counties Drama Festival - 2024 Adjudicator - Bob Tomson, G.o.D.A


Bob, who lives in West Sussex, has been an actor, stage and screen writer, a college and university lecturer in drama, and now divides his time as a professional director in both theatre and TV. His early years as an amateur actor with Liverpool Masque players and the National Youth Theatre gave him his first love of the stage, since when he has founded no fewer than 18 youth theatre groups, has become a sought-after guest tutor at leading London Drama Schools and on amateur theatre training courses.

Many of his productions have toured the UK or run in the West End and you might have seen one of them. His production of Willy Russellís Blood Brothers has won every major British theatre award, recently completed a record 25-year run in London, and was nominated for three Olivier Awards. His other long-running musical success, Leslieís Bricusseís Scrooge, has enjoyed over 20 years of regular seasons, including three London runs at the Palladium and Dominion theatres. His current production of Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Riceís Evita has been running in the UK for 11 years, including seasons in Londonís Dominion and Phoenix theatres.

His international productions include: Evita (Europe), and Blood Brothers in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and, most significantly, in the US, where the show ran for three years and was nominated on Broadway for no fewer than six Tony Awards, including Best Director. Notable actors associated with this production and its subsequent US tour include David Cassidy, Petula Clark, Carole King, David Soul and Helen Reddy. Bob directed Richard Chamberlain in the title role of Scrooge for the US tour, while its Australian and Japanese premiere productions won Bob Best Director awards. His Tokyo production of Patrick Stewartís one-man version of A Christmas Carol won the prize for Best Production. His current production of Ghost - the Musical has recently finished runs in Moscow, Paris, Dubai and Istanbul.

His other London West End productions include: the Ď60s musical Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy Theatre), nominated for Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards; John Godberís smash-hit skiing comedy On the Piste (Garrick), Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy; Dennis Lumborgís controversial drama One Fine Day (Albery), nominated for Best Regional Play; and Karoline Leachís The Mysterious Mr Love (Comedy Theatre), Jeff Wainís The War Of The Worlds (London Dominion), Evita (London Dominion/Phoenix Theatre) and The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum), starring Tommy Steele, all for Bill Kenwright Ltd.

Recent national touring productions include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, new musical treatments of Half a Sixpence and Doctor Dolittle, the jukebox musical Carnaby Street, and the world-premiere musical adaptation of the film Picnic at Hanging Rock (Chichester Festival Theatre). Current UK productions are Evita; Blood Brothers; Ghost - the Musical; Catch Me If You Can and Cilla - the Musical (prior to the West End).

Television direction includes: BBC drama series Hero to Zero, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award and whose subsequent full-length film version was sold to 53 countries; Sky TVís Is Harry on the Boat? and several series of the soccer drama serial Dream Team; ITVís Night and Day, The Bill and Heartbeat; Channel 5ís Family Affairs, and Channel 4ís Brookside. Bob was line producer for series three of Dream Team, helping the drama series win every Indie award that year for Best Drama Series. He continues to be a guest director on ITVís Emmerdale, BBCís Doctors, Father Brown and RT…ís Fair City continuing drama series.