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STEPHEN MEAR
CHOREOGRAPHER
GARRICK THEATRE
5th MARCH 2020


STEPHEN MEAR

DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER

7TH NOVEMBER 2019 - 7TH MARCH 2020


CO-CHOREOGRAPHY

BY STEPHEN MEAR AND SIR MATTHEW BOURNE.

23rd OCTOBER 2019 - 29th MARCH 2020

Stephen Mear, President of Bird College, Dancer, Choreographer and Director whose work has captivated audiences in theatres across the world was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts (HonDArt) by Greenwich University.

AFTER A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL RUN AT CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE GYPSY TRANSFERED AND OPENED AT THE SAVOY THEATRE IN APRIL 2015 WITH RAVE FIVE STAR REVIEWS. IT WAS THEN FILMED FOR BBC4 AND AIRED ON THE 27TH DECEMBER 2015. 

THE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF GYPSY IS AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DVD!! THE CD OF THE SHOW IS ALSO AVAILABLE, YOU CAN MAKE A PURCHASE AT ANY MUSIC STORE OR ORDER ONLINE.

RECENT REVIEWS


Stephen Mear 

Choreographer

2019/2020


****STARS -  LONDON THEATRE REVIEW BY MARK SHENTON                                                                                  "As an opportunity to bask in a festive soundtrack, there's hardly a more lovely show in town".  


Stephen Mear 

Director and Choreographer

Marigny Theatre

Paris 

2019


BROADWAY WORLD REVIEW


This is a real West End if not Broadway calibre production. Having already choreographed the classic musical in Milwaukee before staging the spectacular male-dancing ensemble of the Royal Albert Hall concert production last November, Stephen Mear was a natural choice for both directing and choreographing Guys and Dolls, a job which he already accomplished with Singing in the Rain at Chatelet in 2015 and the Grand Palais in 2017 and the final production of 42nd Street at Chatelet in 2016. Even the ENO's On the Town, one of the very first classical musicals to visit the Chatelet in 2008, was already choreographed by him.

 MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

FIVE STAR ★ ★ ★ ★ ★   

Mear directs and choreographs the show superbly, with the ensemble scenes in the Hot Box club and Havana along with the frenetic tableau of ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ finale outstanding. They even had the audience clapping along.


Stephen Mear 

Director and Choreographer

Storyhouse Theatre

Chester 

2019


FOUR STAR ★ ★ ★ ★   The Stage                                                                                                                                                          

Mear's production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s horror-musical about a bad-ass, bloodthirsty plant paradoxically manages to find something new in the material by taking it back to its B-movie origins. This makes for a delightful sci-fi spectacular, with more sass and swagger than an Elvis hip-thrust.  

Stephen Mear 

Director and Choreographer

The Royal Albert Hall

2018

CHESS - ENO - LONDON COLISEUM - 2018

CHOREOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN MEAR

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - AU GRAND PALAIS - 2017/2018

STEPHEN MEAR - CHOREOGRAPHER

SCROOGE THE MUSICAL - THE CURVE THEATRE - 2017/2018

STEPHEN MEAR - CHOREOGRAPHER

GUYS AND DOLLS - MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATRE - 2017

STEPHEN MEAR - CHOREOGRAPHER

TOP HAT - KILWORTH HOUSE THEATRE - 2017

STEPHEN MEAR - DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER 

SUNSET BLVD - GLENN CLOSE - WEST END AND BROADWAY - 2016/2017

STEPHEN MEAR - CHOREOGRAPHER 

STEPHEN CHOREOGRAPHED SUNSET BOULEVARD AT THE ENO FOR THE LIMITED RUN IN 2016. THE SHOW RECEIVED MANY 5 STAR REVIEWS AND A WONDERFUL SIX STAR REVIEW AND OPENED ON BROADWAY IN 2017.

Review Highlight; Another exceptional aspect of this production is the clever and utterly appropriate choreography from Stephen Mear. It buzzes and bristles and bounces and bops, infectiously enlivening the set pieces and adding characterful nuance to the unfolding narrative. As ever, Mear makes the dancing look effortless and natural; it’s the key to his genius.

STEPHEN MEAR 

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

           "THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI"

                   STARRING LENNY HENRY                           

                  DONMAR WAREHOUSE

 2017

STEPHEN DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED

42ND STREET AT THE THEATRE DU CHATELET IN PARIS.

2016/2017

Review Highlights; The Chatelet’s producers have lavishly and tastefully invested a fortune in their cast and creatives and it shows. If you can beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Paris, go. This production of 42nd Street is quite simply musical theatre perfection - there's no better show to be seen this side of the Atlantic. 


STEPHEN DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED THE WONDERFUL PRODUCTION OF THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE AT THE KILWORTH HOUSE THEATRE IN LEICESTERSHIRE IN 2016.
Review Highlights; The thing about Mear which elevates him into the stratosphere is his grasp of character within every physical direction. His choreography, of course, retains the hallmarks of the decade, but each number is laced with something unusual to hook onto.
Review Highlights; Mear sews musicality into every moment. Ensemble routines are slick, sublime and perfectly executed. The leads are permitted to bring the idiosyncrasies of their characters to the movement and each takes great pleasure in this freedom. Character and dance blend perfectly whether it is a delightful tap sequence in an elevator, a show-stopping bespectacled typing pool/office clerk danceathon or the frenetic hoofing of a gaggle of women disappointed by their menfolk. Mear keeps everything bubbling nicely, ecstatically. Even the quieter, more introspective moments twinkle and have their own measure. It is pure joy to experience.