For over 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, to celebrate the 25th anniversaries of LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and MISS SAIGON, Cameron has mounted new versions of these classic musicals which are now proving as successful as the original. Joining this list of legendary titles, his co-production with Disney of MARY POPPINS continues to break records and disperse her magic globally. Following its huge recent success in the West End, his acclaimed new production of MISS SAIGON is now playing a National Tour of the UK as well as on Broadway and North America. Cameron’s London productions, alongside HAMILTON, LES MISÉRABLES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA also include KINKY BOOTS, which he is co-producing here and in Australia, and a new version, co-produced with Underbelly at the Marble Arch Theatre, of his hit of 25 years ago, Louis Jordan’s FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE.
As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as OLIVER!, MY FAIR LADY, OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, the longest running production ever of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary FOLLIES and most recently the reinvented HALF A SIXPENCE. Other original musicals he has produced include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, MARTIN GUERRE, BETTY BLUE EYES and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.
LES MISÉRABLES remains the longest-running musical in the world and the original is now in its 33rd year in London.
In 2013, Cameron produced his first hugely successful musical film in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal – the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning LES MISÉRABLES.
Cameron owns eight historic theatres in London’s West End, all of which have undergone spectacular refurbishment. By far the most ambitious transformation has been Matcham’s masterpiece, the Victoria Palace Theatre, is has been rebuilt, expanded and visually reimagined and is currently home to the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning American musical, HAMILTON, which he is co-producing with the original American producers.
Music Theatre International, the world’s largest owner of secondary rights of many of the greatest musicals ever written is now one of Cameron’s companies. Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre and he is the first British producer to be elected to Broadway’s Theatre Hall of Fame. In 1990, Cameron inaugurated the Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College in Oxford University, currently held by Sir Tom Stoppard.