THE PLAY THAT DIDN’T GO WRONG

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - THEATRE FRANCINE WHITE and

ONE SUN­DAY af­ter­noon, pro­ducer Kenny Wax saw a play at the Trafal­gar Stu­dios. The pro­duc­tion had been mounted on a shoe­string bud­get, but the au­di­ence was laugh­ing so much that Wax sus­pected he’d seen a po­ten­tial hit.

BQN [N\] R\ QR\]X[ā :K\] ÿNNT The Play That Goes Wrong opened on Broad­way, to pos­i­tive re­views. It’s still run­ning at the Duchess Theatre in the West End and the cur­rent UK tour of 30 venues is vir­tu­ally sold out, so Wax has de­cided to tour it again next year.

He’d dreamed of be­ing a theatre pro­ducer since he was a teenager at òK[VNU òXUUNPN \YNWMRWP ÿNNTNWM\ in Lon­don watch­ing mega-mu­si­cals such as Phan­tom Of The Opera, Les Misérables Miss Saigon.

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But the fam­ily did go to the theatre in Manch­ester. “I re­mem­ber trav­el­ling in from Hale with my YK[NW]\ ]X ]QN\N VKPRûKU YUKûN\ URTN the Royal Ex­change or the Li­brary Theatre.”

He’s the youngest of three sibURWP\ KWM QR\ NUMN[ L[X]QN[ 3N[NT R\ a multi BAFTA and Emmy win­ning tele­vi­sion pro­ducer.

Kenny Wax be­gan his the­atri­cal ca­reer as an usher for the Cameron ;KûTRW]X\Q P[X^Y 6N ÿ[X]N ]X ;KûTRW]X\Q K\TRWP ]X ÿX[T XW ]QN pro­duc­tion side. “But he told me that I needed to get more ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness. He said that if QN PKþN VN K SXL 7´M LN K ]RWā YKYN[ clip in a huge pen­cil case, and I wouldn’t learn any­thing.”

öKĀ YN[\NþN[NM ]KTRWP XW KUU sorts of roles in theatre com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing one con­duct­ing LKûT\]KPN ]X^[\ K] ]QN <Nÿ :XWMXW Theatre. His first West End open­ing in 1997 — a play, Mad­die — was

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