Les Misérables


Cast & Creatives

Michael Ashcroft

Musical Staging

As a performer includes: DV8’s Enter Achilles (world tour); ManActs’s The Sweatlodge and WeWant God Now (world tour); The Kosh’s Dinner Dance (UK and European tour) and his own shows The Crooner, Ropeman, Le Baton, TheWizard of Oz in Three Minutes, Doorways and Riding the Storm. He performed with his own comedy double act Bag 5 in Jack the Pig,Minding the Lacuna and Ubique Five. He was a part of Johnny Hutch’s acrobatic troupe the Halfwits with Danny La Rue. He improvised with Katie Duck in Crisis, Amsterdam. He has performed as Baby Tarzan in Dubai and as Billy the Dog in Newcastle, and he danced to an audience of 250,000 in Hyde Park for the BBC VE Day anniversary celebrations (with a television audience of over five million).

Work as movement director includes: Les Misérables (Cameron Mackintosh Ltd); The Power of Yes (National Theatre); Life is a Dream (DonmarWarerhouse); Punk Rock (Hammersmith Lyric); Nakamitsu (The Gate Theatre); The Blue Room,When Harry Met Sally (West End); Resurrection Blues (The Old Vic); Three Sisters, A Christmas Carol, Shanga- lang, Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre); Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, The Contractor, Singer (Oxford Stage Company); Così fan tutte (English National Opera); The Comedy of Errors, Romans in Britain (Sheffield Crucible); A The Tale of Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse); Orestes (Shared Experience); Alice Through the Looking Glass and Lord of the Flies (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff). For the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Merchant of Venice, The Roman Actor, The Taming of the Shrew, Tamer Tamed, Richard III,Measure for Measure, All’sWell That Ends Well, Othello, BelieveWhat YouWill, A New Way to Please You (Associate Director), Sejanus, Speaking Like Magpies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Canterbury Tales, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra,Macbeth, The MerryWives of Windsor the Musical, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet.

He was artistic director of his own physical theatre company Slack Dance 1994–1999, touring nationally and internationally. He trained at Dartington College of Arts and with Phillippe Gaulier and the French Circus School in Châlon-sur-Marne.