Punchline Talks! The B!G Interview with Mark Goucher CEO of The Everyman Theatre
By Mark Owen
As well as running Mark Goucher Productions Ltd. from Covent Garden, Mark is also the CEO of The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. He produced his first show in 1987 on the Edinburgh Fringe and in the West End In 1991 and never looked backed.
Punchline-Gloucester.com editor Mark Owen caught up with him to find out the business side of running the Everyman. With over 100 staff, £6million turnover and the ability to bring in over 5,000 people into Cheltenham per week, the Everyman is an important business to the town's hospitality and tourism sector.
We also find out about the financial risks involved, who makes the decisions to bring which shows to the theatre and how do they know which ones are going to be the 'winners' - and when do they know they have a flop on their hands.
This is an insightful interview with Mark not the kind of guy that pulls any punches. If you enjoyed the interview, please LIKE | SHARE | SUBSCRIBE
Mark's West End productions include: The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Noel Coward Theatre, The Man in the White Suit at Wyndham's Theatre, White Christmas at The Dominion Theatre, The Messiah at The Other Palace, The Height of the Storm at Wyndham's Theatre, Slava's Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall; The Miser at the Garrick Theatre, The Dresser, at the Duke Of York's Theatre; Million Dollar Quartet, at The Royal Festival Hall; Taken At Midnight at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Jeeves and Wooster, at the Duke Of York's Theatre; A Chorus Line, at the London Palladium; Crazy for You, at the Novello Theatre; Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud, the Apollo and Trafalgar Studios; Shout! - the Musical at the Arts Theatre; Dickens Unplugged at the Comedy Theatre; Whipping It Up at the New Ambassadors, starring Richard Wilson; Footloose - the Musical at the Novello Theatre; High Society at the Shaftesbury Theatre; The Vagina Monologues at the Wyndham's Theatre, the Arts and the New Ambassadors; Amajuba at the Criterion Theatre; The Anniversary starring Sheila Hancock, at the Garrick Theatre; the Reduced Shakespeare Company - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Bible - the Complete Word of God (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged), all at the Criterion Theatre, where they ran for 10 years; Fame - the Musical at the Victoria Palace, the Cambridge and Aldwych theatres; Elaine Stritch at Liberty at The Old Vic; Rent - the Musical at the Prince of Wales Theatre; The Snowman at the Peacock; Jackie Clune and Graham Norton at the Arts Theatre; Steven Berkoff at the Garrick Theatre; Shopping and F***ing at the Gielgud and Queens Theatre, Trainspotting at the Queen's and Whitehall theatres; Issey Ogata at the Lyric Theatre; Fever Pitch at the Arts Theatre; Dolly West's Kitchen at The Old Vic, Kit and the Widow at the Vaudeville; Frantic Assembly at the Ambassadors; Holy Mothers and Last Dance at Dum Dum at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Touring Productions include: Shrek the Musical, Hairspray, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Million Dollar Quartet, Club Tropicana the Musical, The Messiah, The Height of the Storm, Let It Be, Quartet, The Winslow Boy, Single Spies, The King's Speech, Oh What A Lovely War, Pygmalion, Jeeves and Wooster, Yes, Prime Minister, Slava Snowshow, Bette and Joan, Jus' Like That, The Wedding Singer - The Musical, Shout! - The Musical, The Vagina Monologues, Stones in His Pockets, High Society, Fame - The Musical, Footloose and as general managers for Stop Messing About national tour.
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