Image Musical Theatre Company
Now in their 31st year, they offer professional and high quality theatre to schools and theatres. They concentrate on classic and modern children’s literature and bring to life the original stories in a participatory musical format. They are the only children’s theatre company that allow the whole audience to rehearse and take part in the show as well as opportunities for some children to act alongside the professionals. The shows offer much more than just a visually stimulating piece of theatre and can be used as a useful tool for teachers to help children improve their literacy, listening and speaking skills. We are often told that our shows encourage even the most reluctant of readers to pick up a book.
Image Theatre Company was set up in the spring of 1988 by Brian Thresh to provide theatre venues and schools in the West London boroughs and neighbouring counties with high quality touring productions. The production emphasis is on the adaptation of popular stories, the classics, and the great plays of the English language. In 1993 Robert Hyman joined the company as composer & lyricist and as the relationship between director and composer developed it became evident that a change of company title was appropriate and Image Musical Theatre was incorporated in 1995. To date, Image Musical Theatre has written and produced eighteen new family participation musicals. In September 2013 Ian McCracken became the new artistic director of the company and he and Robert continue to produce new shows.
With the accent on catchy and memorable tunes these shows have enjoyed remarkable success year after year. In the last four years over a million children have sung Robert Hyman’s songs and with three shows always touring that number climbs weekly!
In the last four years over a million children have sung Robert Hyman’s songs
All these musicals are One Act Participation musicals where the audience are taught and join in with some of the songs and some members of the audience are cast to play small roles as actors in the show. This is family theatre at it’s very best. All of these shows have toured the country regularly playing in schools and theatres for the last 26 years.
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THE RELUCTANT DRAGON (COMING SOON!)
IMAGE Full Length Musicals
Brian Thresh and Robert Hyman have also created four full length musicals which all had sucessful mid scale tours:
Vanity Fair, Tess, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.