For nearly 50 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, which are still running extraordinarily successfully across the world. Uniquely, Cameron, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, has mounted new versions of the shows which are now proving as successful as the original.
His spectacular new production of Miss Saigon, which was the fourth of his hits, opened to enormous acclaim and is in its second year at London’s Prince Edward Theatre will move on to Broadway with additional companies in Korea, Japan, and soon to open in Germany and Australia as well as several productions around the world. As well as this new UK national tour, Mary Poppins continues to disperse her magic globally and is soon to open in Germany, France, Spain, Japan and Korea. As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as My Fair Lady and Oliver! – which continue to be enjoyed by new generations. Other musicals he has created include Little Shop of Horrors, Side by Side by Sondheim, Martin Guerre, The Witches of Eastwick, Betty Blue Eyes, a re-imagined production of Barnum and a new version of Half a Sixpence due this year. He also produced the most successful production ever of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary Follies in London. Les Misérables remains the longest-running musical in the world and the original is now going into its 31st year in London. His new production has opened to huge success on Broadway and in Australia with other productions currently in Spain, Japan and Korea. His spectacular new version of The Phantom of the Opera is also currently touring North America.
Over the next three years he has over 30 new productions of his musicals due to open around the world. In 2013 Cameron, in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal, produced his first hugely successful musical film, the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning Les Misérables. He is currently working on film versions of Oliver! and Miss Saigon with Working Title.
Cameron owns eight historic theatres in London’s West End , seven of which – the Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, have undergone spectacular refurbishment, giving him the opportunity to indulge his passion for architecture and the restoration of old buildings. His recent acquisition of the Victoria Palace Theatre is due to have a major refurbishment and expansion of facilities planned for the autumn of 2016. Cameron is going to acquire another theatre, the Ambassadors, and, subject to planning permission, rebuild its’ interior as a state of the art transfer house for subsidized theatre productions and it will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre.
He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest owner of secondary rights of the greatest musicals. Some of Cameron’s awards include the following: In 1995 his company received The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement and he was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre. In 2006 he received the National Enjoy England Award for Excellence for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and he has recently been the first British producer elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame on Broadway.