THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST
Ian MacGregor has a long relationship with the Theatre Royal Stratford East since 2004. He was the musical director for the recent production of Rapunzel from 27 November 2017 to 13 January 2018. He has been the musical director for a number of other pantomimes including Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, two productions of Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.
The first production of Cinderella was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, and The Big Life (follow the link to Musical Theatre for more information), which originated here before transferring to the Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Ian has worked with artistic director Kerry Michael, assistant artistic director Dawn Reid, and associate director Pooja Ghai.
**** "The story is a funny mash-up of Rapunzel and Goldilocks, the vibrant costumes and sets are West African-inspired, and the exuberant songs nod to grime, soca and carnival. My pick for a characterful London panto" - The Sunday Times
"It sounds great too, under the baton of musical director Ian MacGregor" - TimeOut
Beauty and the Beast
**** "The songs by Wayne Nunes and Perry Melius were a treat for pop-centric adults and children alike, with RnB and reggae-tinged numbers that gave it a really upbeat feel" - The Telegraph
Jack and the Beanstalk
**** "The cast, directed with great panache by Dawn Reid, is first rate" - The Guardian
**** "It's been a great year for panto, but TRSE's beautifully detailed and enjoyably bonkers Cinderella might just be the best in town" - TimeOut
"It's finger-prickin' good! Very funny, and Murray's original score of RnB, reggae, hip-hop and funk is so snappy" - The Times