Meet the adjudicator – Bob Tomson

Bob Tomson

We’re really pleased to announce that we’ve secured the services of Bob Tomson (GoDA), who will be providing teams with a critique of their productions at our 2021 Festival. Bob is relatively new to GoDA, but as you can see below he has a wealth of experience in professional theatre, TV and film.

Whilst his name may not be familiar to you, we’ve met him (online of course) and we’re very impressed. He’s a director of many years’ experience, in the West End and internationally, and has won and been nominated for every award you can think of. More importantly, he’s a very nice bloke, and is delighted to have been asked to adjudicate our Festival.

In the meantime, we thought you’d like to read his bio – which makes for impressive reading!

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.    He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Full Member of Directors U.K. and an Associate Member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.

His production of Willy Russell’s 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,Leslie’s Bricusse’s 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 Rice’s Evita has been running in the UK for 11 years, including seasons in London’s Dominion and Phoenix theatres.

Recent national touring productions include: Jesus Christ SuperstarOliver!, new musical His international 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 Stewart’s one-man version of AChristmas 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 60s musical Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy Theatre), nominated for Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards; John Godber’s smash-hit skiing comedy On the Piste (Garrick), Olivier Award nominated

for Best Comedy; Dennis Lumborg’s controversial drama One Fine Day (Albery), nominated

for Best Regional Play; and Karoline Leach’s The Mysterious Mr Love (Comedy Theatre), Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds (London Dominion), Evita (London Dominion/Phoenix Theatre) and The Glenn Miller Story (London Coliseum), all for Bill Kenwright Ltd.  As director/editor he has collaborated on treatments of Half A Sixpence and Doctor Dolittle, the jukebox musical Carnaby Street, and the world-premiere musical adaptation of the film Picnicat Hanging Rock (Chichester Festival Theatre).  Current UK productions are EvitaBlood Brothers; Ghost – the Musical and Cilla – the Musical (prior to the West End).

Television direction 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 15 countries; Sky TV’s Is Harry on the Boat? and several series of the soccer drama serial Dream Team; ITV’s Night and DayThe Bill and Heartbeat; BBC’s Father Brown; Channel 5’s Family Affairs, and Channel 4’s 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 ITV’s Emmerdale, BBC’s Doctors and RTÉ’s Fair City continuing drama series.  He is in pre-production for the feature film Dreamboats.

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