Neil Rutherford

Associate Director

Neil gained a BA Hons Degree from Middlesex University, London. Upon leaving University, Neil’s West End acting credits included leading roles in Fiddler On The Roof at the London Palladium opposite Topol, City of Angels, Aspects of Love, A Judgement in Stone, Jesus Christ Superstar, June Moon and Les Miserables. On television he was a guest on BBC’s Eastenders, presenter for several seasons of the BBC’s Singing Together, and in the film feature Swept from the Sea. Neil also appeared in numerous commercials, and has sung on over 20 original cast recordings.

Neil was director of Tell Me On A Sunday, Not Quite Bedtime and an open air production of The Pirates of Penzance as well as two seasons of the Stephen Sondheim/Cameron Mackintosh Mercury Workshop New Musicals Forum working with up and coming composers, lyricists and authors on 15 musicals.

After a brief spell as Production Associate at the English National Opera, Neil became Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group, a post he held for ten years before setting up his own company in 2012. His numerous West End, UK and international casting credits include The Misanthrope staring Keira Knightley and Damien Lewis, Bart Sher’s production of South Pacific, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Into The Woods for the Royal Opera House, Marianne Dreams at the Almeida, 9 to 5 The Musical, The Last Cigarette, Fat Pig, Sunset Boulevard, Horewood, Riflemind, Pinter’s The Lover and The Collection, several productions of the 50th Anniversary productions of West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, The Three Sisters, several productions of Noises Off and several more productions of The Rocky Horror Show. He is Creative and Casting Consultant for the Ambassador Theatre Group.

As a composer, Neil has written a large amount of music both for the concert platform and for musical theatre. His Clarinet Concerto has been performed around the world, and his ballet Un Mois D’Amour was first performed by members of London Contemporary Dance. In 1998 he was asked to compose music for Sarah Kestelman’s one woman show All About Me at the Royal National Theatre and the Firebird Café in New York which was re-written for BBC Radio 4. He also co-wrote and directed the late night Cabaret Not Quite Bedtime which opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival winning three awards. His first musical, Letters, was premiered in 1990 and receiving financial backing from Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Letters has subsequently received two productions. Beyond Desire is Neil’s third musical, to be produced shortly.

Neil regularly lectures at major drama schools in audition technique, holds audition masterclasses throughout world, has released an auditioning DVD and has been an audition panellist and casting advisor to Channel Four, BBC, and ITV. His new book Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting is published worldwide by Methuen Drama.