PAST PRODUCTIONS BEN ASSITER   (Show People: 2008, 2009, 2010) HELEN KELLY (Show People: 2009. One Night Only: 2012) DANI DE WAAL DANIEL NORMAN (Show People: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.  One Night Only: 2011, 2012) KEISHA AMPONSA BANSON (One Night Only: 2011) TOM STERLING  (Show People: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.  One Night Only: 2011, 2012) After completing a BA(Hons) in Acting at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011, Dani made her professional West End debut when she joined the cast of MAMMA MIA! from June 2011 until June 2012.  Playing lead role Sophie Sheridan, Dani shared the stage with the likes of Sally Ann Triplett and Kim Ismay, singing iconic songs such as ‘I  Have A Dream’, ‘The Name Of The Game’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’.   Dani made her Broadway debut when she appeared at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street in New York as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of William Inge’s Pullitzer Prize winning play Picnic. The revival of William Inge’s Pullitzer Prize winning play was a Roundabout Theatre Company production. Dani was also part of a staged reading of a new musical, Robin Hood - The Final Adventure. She has appeared in several cabaret events including West End Unplugged (Leicester Square Theatre), An Evening With Dani de Waal at the Cellar Bar, and Opening Doors (Soho Theatre).   Credits whilst at Guildhall include Mabel Purdie in Dear Brutus directed by Wyn Jones, The Waitress in Badenhiem 1939 by Christian Burgess, Little Girl in Feston directed by Joseph Blatchley, Claire DeLoone in On The Town  directed by Wendy Allnutt, Agave in Bacchai directed by Patsy Rodenburg, Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife directed by Martin Connor and Yelena in Uncle Vanya directed by Christian Burgess.   Other credits include the Kola Kola Bird in Just So directed by Simon Sharp and Graham Hubbard (Edinburgh Fringe). Dani also won VoiceNPAC 2008 and the Trinity Arts Festival Musical Theatre Competition in 2008 at Carmarthen, Wales.    Knockhardy Productions is hugely honoured to have Dani as our Patron after she appeared in our first show at the Battersea Barge in 2008. Currently drumming for a variety of acts across the country including Ruby and the Vines and for James Blake. Tom completed the MA Music Theatre course at Central School of Speech & Drama.  He received excellent reviews (click here) for his performance in the Central School of Speech and Drama MA Music Theatre Showcase 2012 and as George in Sunday in the Park with George.  After graduation, Tom completed a six-month European Tour with The 12 Tenors before appearing in the summer of 2013 as Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair lady at Kilworth House Theatre. Tom is represented by Lowy Hamilton Artists ( Visit Tom’s website at:   Daniel attended Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, completing the MA Musical Theatre Course.  He has performed in the successful production of Company at the Pleasance Theatre and, more recently, in Titanic: The Musical at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at the Bob Hope Theatre, Eltham. After studying on the Musical Theatre Course at Guildford School of Arts, Helen has performed in numerous London fringe productions and in Jack and the Beanstalk for AB Productions. Helen is also a member of the soulful, sassy quintet Elle and The Pocketbelles.   Keisha is currently appearing in the West End in From Here to Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre. She will then remain at this theatre as ‘Brenda’ in the Chichester Festival’s transfer of The Pajama Game, alongside Michael Xavier, Joanna Riding, Peter Polycarpou and Gary Wilmot. Keisha was part of  the first UK tour of Disney’s The Lion King in the ensemble, covering the roles of Shenzi and Sarabi. Other credits include ‘Urleen’ in the No 1 UK tour of Footloose - The Musical. and the UK tour of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Little Shop of Horrors.   Credits Knockhardy Productions is priviliged to have West End and Broadway performer Dani de Waal as its Patron. Matthew Hopton Executive Producer    Knockhardy Productions / Knockhardy Productions Gives Back In order to create more space, details of earlier productions have been moved to a separate archive page; only the most recent productions are shown below. Producer for THE SECRET GARDEN In Concert (UK Tour) Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford; Fairfield Halls, Croydon; St Albans Arena; Trinity Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells; Buxton Opera House:  11th October - 2nd November 2013 Producer for UP4aMeet? starring X-Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Big Brother’s Nicki Grahame UK Tour: London, Brighton, Birmingham, Swansea, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow from 10th July - 10th August 2013 Producer for THE SECRET GARDEN In Concert Greenwich Theatre: Friday 12th April 2013 King’s Head Theatre: February-March 2013 Producer for WRITER’S BLOCK as part of the FROM PAGE TO  STAGE season. Landor Theatre: Saturday 9th March 2013 Associate Producer for OUR HOUSE: 10th Anniversary Concert Savoy Theatre: Sunday 13th November 2012. Consulting Producer for KNOWLEDGE BY DEGREES Greenwood Theatre: Monday 26th-28th September 2012. Associate Producer for #searchforatwitterstar LIVE! Final  Lyric Theatre, West End on Monday 9th July 2012. Associate Producer for THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (5 stars - Whatsonstage) Landor Theatre : 11 April - 5 May 2012 WEST END TRANSFER to the Arts Theatre, London: 18 May - 17 June 2012   Associate Producer for CHILDREN OF EDEN Charity Gala at Prince of Wales Theatre   Producer for ROLL ON THE DAY : 4 stars from One Stop Arts & The Public Reviews Etcetera Theatre : 27th March - 15th April 2012 For Knockhardy Productions Gives Back ONE NIGHT ONLY: An evening of musical cabaret at Horse Bar: July 2012 ONE NIGHT ONLY: An evening of musical cabaret at the Battersea Barge: February 2011 SHOW PEOPLE (2008-2011) at the Battersea Barge Following the successful run at the King’s Head Theatre and Greenwich Theatre, Knockhardy Productions and Aria Entertainment took The Secret Garden – In Concert on a 5 venue UK Tour. The show played to audiences at the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford, Fairfield Concert Hall in Croydon, The Alban Arena in St Albans, Trinity Theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells, before finishing at the beautiful Buxton Opera House. The production featured Zoe Curlett as Lily, Alexander Evans as Archibald Craven, Ian Knauer as Neville Craven, Ashleigh Gray as Martha, Jordan Lee-Davies as Dickon, Pippa Winslow / Charlotte Bradford as Mrs Medlock and Martin Johnston as Ben Weatherstaff. Elliot Jones and Finlay Banks shared the role of Colin Craven, and Anastasia Martin and Olivia Hallett shared the role of Mary Lennox. The cast also included Colin Zammit, Danny Whitehead and Kirsty Marie Ayers. The Tour was directed by Matthew Gould with musical direction by David Keefe. The production was designed by Francisco Rodriguez-Weil, with Sound Designer Kirsty Gilmore and Lighting Designer Tom Kitney. Casting was provided by Benjamin Newsome. The Secret Garden – In Concert was named by West End Wilma as one of her top 5 shows for 2013. Picture credits: Gabriel Mokake THE SECRET GARDEN: IN CONCERT (UK TOUR) RAGS THE MUSICAL - IN CONCERT FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY Monday 28th April 2014  A charity gala in aid of CENTREPOINT, the UK's leading charity for homeless young people. Coming to London's West End for the first time ever, RAGS The Musical plays for one night only in a  special concert adaptation at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.  RAGS The Musical opened on Broadway in 1986, receiving Tony Award nominations including Best  Musical. With music written by Charles Strouse (Annie), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and a  book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), West End audiences will see - for the very first time - this  beautiful and powerful musical on stage.   Telling the tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in America, RAGS The  Musical is a story of love, loss and hope. Featuring a score celebrating the multicultural music which  was filling the streets on New York in 1910, this concert version features all of the show's major songs,  including Children of the Wind, Wanting and Penny A Tune.   Raising money for Centrepoint, the UK's leading charity for homeless young people, come and  experience RAGS The Musical in concert for the first time, for a night of musical theatre that you will  never forget.   RAGS The Musical - In Concert is produced by Aria Entertainment and Knockhardy Productions,  whose previous West End charity concerts include Children of Eden at The Prince of Wales Theatre,  and Cinderella Boom or Bust at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.  For more information: Visit our webpage Follow us on Twitter  Like our Facebook page Book tickets: Dani de Waal in Liam Neeson film ‘Non-Stop’ Knockhardy Patron Dani de Waal can also be seen on the big screen across the world. Dani appears as an Airline Attendant in the 2014 release Non-Stop, whose headline stars are Liam Neeson and Julioanne Moore. Knockhardy Patron leads US National Tour of ‘Once’ Dani de Waal, who apeared in Knockhardy’s very first show on the Battersea Barge in 2008, is currently touring across the US as part of the first national tour of the Tony  Award winning musical, Once. Dani plays the lead role of ‘Girl’ opposite UK actor Stuart ward. They were both described as ‘terrific’ when the tour started in Providence, RI on 1 October 2013. We wish Dani continued success as she travels around the US for the remainder of the tour.  (photo; Joan Marcus) RAGS The Musical - In Concert   Knockhardy’s West End Charity Gala in aid of Centrepoint Knockhardy Productions is once again delighted to be teaming up with Aria Entertainment to produce a special  concert version of RAGS - The Musical in London’s West End.  The performance will raise money for Centrepoint,  the UK’s leading homeless charity for young people. Thje one-off performance will play at the Lyric Theatre on  Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday 28 April 2014. More details can be found below.   Associate Producer for  RAGS The Musical 2nd March - 6th April 2019 SEE ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS @Knockhardy 07763 488 966 @Knockhardy @RAGS_In_Concert RAGS The Musical – In Concert HOPE MILL THEATRE Manchester 2nd March - 6th April 2019 RAGS The Musical tells the heart-warming and powerful tale of a group of Jewish immigrants as they arrive to start a new life in America. Box Office 0333 012 4963 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) Knockhardy Productions was formed in 2008 by Matthew Hopton. It acts as an independent production company that focuses on the performing arts, particularly musical theatre. Recent credits include Little Women at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, the UK Tour of The Secret Garden-In Concert. West End credits include  Our House in Concert, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Children of Eden Charity Gala. Part of the organisation, Knockhardy Productions Gives Back, aims to provide fund-raising opportunities for charities whilst giving amateur and professional performers a chance to gain stage experience. Previous events, including Show People and One Night Only at the Battersea Barge and Horse Bar, have already raised over £4000. Please visit our website regularly to keep up to date with all the current and future shows which Knockhardy Productions will be producing. Information is also available via Facebook and our Twitter feed. © 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019 Knockhardy Productions and Matthew Hopton Matthew Hopton conducts ‘Jekyll and Hyde - The Musical’ at the Greenwood Theatre email Website email Facebook Twitter Mobile