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Cahoots Theatre Company in association with The Other Cheek and Park Theatre present the First Major Revival of

The Roundabout

by J.B. Priestley


HUGH ROSS | Director

Hugh Ross has had a long and distinguished career as an actor and sometime director. He has worked for the RSC, the National Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, and frequently in the West End. He won a Time Out Performer Award for his performance as Malvolio in Cheek By Jowl’s Twelfth Night, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion.

His TV credits include The Team, Marple, Midsomer Murders, Absolutely Fabulous, Poirot, Major Mungo Munro in the Sharpe series, and many more. On film, Sunset Song, The Iron Lady, Patriot Games, Trainspotting, and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, which has recently received cult status with the release of the Director’s Cut.

Hugh has directed at Mercury Theatre Colchester, The RSC fringe and most recently, in 2013 for his production of The Atheist by Ronan Noone, he was nominated as best director on the London Fringe in the Offie Awards.

Hugh’s father was a doctor, artist and fledgling playwright, who left behind a huge collection of books, including a collection of J.B. Priestley essays, short stories, and one play, The Roundabout, which had had only one recorded production in 1932. Jez Bond, suggested that Hugh arrange a reading of it at Park Theatre, which was a great success, and as a result, Hugh has set up his own company, The Other Cheek Ltd, to produce and direct a full-scale production with Cahoots Theatre Company.



Theatre includes: Firebird (Trafalgar Studios transfer), Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd), Forever Yours-Marie-Lou, The One That Got Away, Monsieur Popular (Theatre Royal Bath: Ustinov Studio), Matchbox Theatre (Hampstead Theatre: Main Space), Alligators, Pine, Firebird, Deposit, Elephants, Fault Lines, I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre: Downstairs),The Snow Dragon (St James’s Theatre), Here, Donkey’s Years (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Bomb – First Blast: Proliferation (1940-1992), The Bomb – Second Blast: Present Dangers (1992-2012), The Riots, A Walk In The Woods, Tactical Questioning: Scenes From The Baha Mousa Enquiry, Called To Account, How Long Is Never (A Response To Darfur), Flight Path (Bush Theatre), The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic Theatre), Hundreds And Thousands, The Snow Dragon (Soho Theatre), Aung San Suu Kyi - The Lady Of Burma (Riverside Studios), You Might As Well Live (New End Theatre), The Vagina Monologues, A New York Threesome, Gas And Air (Pleasance Theatre, London).


DAVID HOWE | Lighting Designer

For Park Theatre:  An Audience with Jimmy Savile and Dead Sheep.

West End Lighting Design credits include: A Comedy about a Bank Robbery, McQueen, Quatermaine’s Terms, Bette & Joan, Birdsong, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Sweet Charity, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, The Norman Conquests, The Last Five Years and Tick Tick Boom, Maria Friedman Re-Arranged, Rent, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pageant, Forbidden Broadway, Sweet Charity, La Cage aux Folles, Take Flight and The Last Five Years.

Broadway includes: City Stories, Private Lives, The Norman Conquests Trilogy and Primo.

Operatic Credits include: (UK, Europe, USA & Asia).

UK National tours include: Dead Sheep, Million Dollar Quartet, Bette and Joan, Chin Chin, 42nd Street, The Man from Stratford, Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Our House, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Me and My Girl and Carousel.

Associate Lighting Designer: Ross, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nether, Women in White, West End and Broadway, Lord of the Rings, Toronto and West End.

International design work: Rocky Horror Picture Show, European Tour 2009-2016. Other productions in Europe, Asia and Middle East.



A twelve-time ASCAP Award winner, Matthew has composed extensively for film and TV and written music and lyrics for Nashville and for musical theatre. His best known music is the soundtrack to the international hit TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? His third musical, About Bill, premièred in London in 2011.

Theatre includes:  As Is (Trafalgar Studios/Finborough), Passing By (Tristan Bates Theatre), About Bill (Landor Theatre), Hungry Ghosts, The Promise, The Making of Moo, Last Train to Nibroc, Next Door's Baby, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles (Orange Tree Theatre), The Lodger (Windsor Theatre Royal), The Fly (OFS Studio, Oxford).

Television includes: Money, Sketch Show Story, Winning Lines, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Question Time, The Jasper Carrott Trial, The Ward, Scratchy & Co, Diggin' The Dancing Queens, The Detectives, Boogie Outlaws.

Film includes: Almost Dead, Love Is a Four Letter Word, Extract, Slumdog Millionaire, Celador Films Theme, A Kind of Hush.

Radio includes: Home Front, The Gemini Apes, Ben-Hur, The Jasper Carrott Trial, Comedy Choice, Nobblers.

Awards include: In 2012 Matthew received ASCAP Hall of Fame Award for the soundtrack of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?



Denise Silvey has combined being a producer with being an actress, being an agent and is currently the Production Supervisor of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage show in the world, which is now in its 64th year. She began her career twenty-five years ago as an actress and singer in film, theatre, television and radio, before moving into production and general management. Denise founded Cahoots Theatre Company in 1993 while on tour with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. In 1999 Cahoots produced the West End revival of Maltby and Shire’s Starting Here, Starting Now at the Jermyn Street Theatre.  Denise was subsequently appointed Artistic Associate of the theatre and went on to produce the musical Snap and the play Sick Dictators directed by James Bolam, and to co-produce the play High Spirits With Ballantrae at the Bridewell Theatre. 

In 2003 she set up a successful cabaret season at the Oxo Tower in London with performers such as ‘Kit and the Widow’, Sian Phillips and the Broadway star Sally Mayes. In 2004 Denise received the Stage One New Producers Bursary enabling her to take the comedy The Translucent Frogs Of Quuup by Chris Larner to the Edinburgh Festival where it won ‘Best New Musical’ and transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre and then later to the King’s Head Theatre.  During the same year while working for the production company Fiery Angel she took Fascinating Aida to New York for the initial Brits off Broadway season at the 59E59 Theatres.  While there she formed a co-production with the New York based Godlight Company and brought their highly successful A Clockwork Orange to Edinburgh for a sell-out season. During the same year she also produced Rain Pryor in her one woman show at the Edinburgh Festival followed by a sell-out season at the Jazz Club Soho.  

In 2009 Denise general managed a successful tour of The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 2011 she toured the one man show Don’t Call Me Nigel…An Evening With Graham Seed. 2014 brought a co-production of the two sell out shows Burton and Clown In The Moon, both of which transferred to the St. James’ Theatre.

Most recently Cahoots has produced Dead Sheep and An Audience With Jimmy Savile with Alistair McGowan, both written by journalist, Jonathan Maitland at Park Theatre and The Man Called Monkhouse, Wilde Without The Boy and Rape Of Lucrece at the Edinburgh Festival.  Denise is a recent recipient of the Stage One Start Up Fund for the national tour of Dead Sheep.  Future productions include a revival of Wilde Without The Boy, and Hurricane Michael at the Edinburgh Festival, and Deny, Deny, Deny by Jonathan Maitland at Park Theatre.

In 2016, Andrew Mills, General Manager for Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, is joining forces with Cahoots to further develop the production company.