Two of London’s most exciting theatres have found a new production partner in Bruno Wang, the London-based businessman and philanthropist.
Mr Wang is a passionate supporter of the arts and has supported Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Vic, and The Scottsboro Boys and A Streetcar Named Desire. In addition, he was the executive producer for The Departure, a prequel short film inspired by the Young Vic’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
The first of these productions, the multi-award-winning classic Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate was directed by Trevor Nunn, and starred Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe and Hannah Waddingham. An exuberant show-within-a-show threw together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements against a backdrop of a touring musical production of The Taming of the Shrew. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the much-loved score was supported with spectacular choreography by Stephen Mear (Crazy For You, Betty Blue Eyes, Hello Dolly and Mary Poppins).
A show with more serious intent – but no less exciting and enjoyable, The Scottsboro Boys, which was staged at the Young Vic, won Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014.
A collaboration between legendary composing duo John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), The Scottsboro Boys has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, 6 Olivier Awards, won Best Musical at the Critics Circle Awards and Best Musical at The Evening Standard Awards 2014. At once challenging and exhilarating, The Scottsboro Boys tells the true-life story of a group of nine black teenagers in Alabama who were accused of raping two white women in 1931. The case was a major impetus behind the American Civil Rights movement and instrumental in changing the course of American history.
Bruno Wang’s involvement as Producer on the show was prompted by his spiritual work and his belief that all forms of injustice are distortions of spiritual balance and karma.
Also winning multiple awards and critical acclaim at the Young Vic was A Streetcar Named Desire which starred Gillian Anderson as Blanche du Bois.
This daring and imaginative staging of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece by visionary director Benedict Andrews, who won a Critics’ Circle Award for his production of Three Sisters, became the fastest-selling in the Young Vic’s history. The production then transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse, New York.
Bruno Wang Productions supports many other award-winning plays and musicals in London’s West End.