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 lecture 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.
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.
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).
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.