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Miriam Margolyes in

Dickens' Women

December 18

December 22, 2012

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

devised by Miriam Margolyes and Sonia Fraser
directed by Sonia Fraser

Michael Haslam

Original Music and Arrangements

Michael Haslam studied at Oxford University and Guildhall, where he was Professor of ensemble singing. Recent work in the West End includes musical supervision at the Donmar Warehouse on Good and associate musical director on Into the Woods. Other work includes Habeas Corpus, also for the Donmar, Dickens’  Women, The Sneeze, Mr and Mrs Nobody, The Sloane Rangers’  Revue, Show Boat, A Little Night Music, New Edna—the Spectacle and Maria Friedman’s one-woman show By Extra Special Arrangement. He also conducted the orchestra on Ms. Friedman’s solo album and accompanied her in her New York debut at the Carlyle. Previously for the National Theatre, he has been musical director for Honk! The Ugly Duckling and 2002’s Play Without Words, honored with Olivier Awards, as well as The Wind in the Willows, Les Parents Terribles and The Children’s Hour. He also conducted Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He served as musical director for: Honk! (Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough); Gypsy (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham); Privateson Parade (Birmingham Rep); Dames at Sea (Oldham Colosseum); Jekyll (Churchill, Bromley); and Lock Up Your Daughters (Chichester). He has performed and accompanied many recitals from the classical repertoire in London and Europe, giving the first performance of the Philip Marshall piano concerto in Lincoln Minster. He is a founder-member of Commedia, a flute, cello and piano trio, which won the Park Lane Group Young Musicians award. For three years he played for Piano Circus, with whom he made five CDs, and recorded Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Other projects include: composing and performing the signature music for Radio 4’s productions of Murder on the Orient Express and Sad Cypress; composing incidental music forThe Governor’s Consort; and appearing as accompanist for Words in Music. He was the musical director for a private entertainment for HM Queen Elizabeth II in St James’ Palaceto celebrate the 50th anniversary of her coronation.

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