About

GRANT MURPHY

DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER

Grant discovered the world of performing at the age of 7 after finishing an Accordian class, he heard music in the building next door and looked through the window, he was instantly hooked. He went on from this dance school and youth theatre to train profesionally, which lead to his first job performing in the West End at the age of 18. He then spent 15 years performing in large scale musicals in the West End and touring the UK and the world.

 

His experience lead him to take on Dance Captain roles at both The London Palladium and The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. These roles inspired him to retrain and to undertake a Masters of Arts in Creative Practice specialising in Direction and Chreography. Since then he has enjoyed creating many shows and events from the otherside of the curtain. He has also spent many years teaching new generations of performers at leading colleges across the world and coaching people to become skilled performers.

 

 

 

TRAINING:

ArtsEd    - Musical Theatre Diploma (Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship)

                - MA in Creative Practice (With Merit)

 

Creative credits include:

 

DIRECTING:

Cats (Pattihio Municipal Theatre); Insomnia (Dubai, Saudi Arabia); Anthony and Cleopatra (Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi); The Sound Of Music (Pattihio Municipal Theatre); Mamma Mia, Movies In The Park (Du Areana Abu Dhabi); Grease, Movies In The Park (South Gateway Park Abu Dhabi); Joseph (Jersey Opera House); Candyland (Yas Island Abu Dhabi); Bananaman The Musical (Tristan Bates Theatre); Legally Blonde (Stanwix Theatre): Festive Fantasy (Yas Island Abu Dhabi); Forever Plaid (St James Theatre/Other Palace London); Rent (Stanwix Theatre); Seasons Of Larson (Lyric Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (Associate, UK Tour); When Midnight Strikes (Aria Ents); Evita (BYT); Whoopi Goldberg, for her performance in Sister Act The Musical (London Palladium); Catch Me If You Can (Arts Ed); Belly of Hell (Southwark Playhouse); Gangsters Of Love (Charing Cross Theatre); In Touch (Perfect Pitch) and Guys and Dolls (Assistant Director Cadogan Hall).

 

CHOREOGRAPHING:

Singing In The Rain 48 Hour Musical (Adelphi Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Wycombe Swan); Rags The Musical (Hope Mill Theatre); Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ovation Productions); Forbidden Planet (Upstair at the Gatehouse); Bananaman (Soutwark Playhouse); Aladdin (Salisbury Playhouse); Yas Jungle Cirque (Abu Dhabi); Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse); Pinocchio (Greenwich Theatre); Iolanthe (Illyria Open Air Tour); Snow White (Sunderland Empire); Aladdin (Palace Theatre); Harvest (ArtsEd); Man of No Importance (St Albans); Rags (Lyric Theatre); You'll Never Walk Alone (Queens Theatre); Cinderella - Boom or Bust (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Catch Me If You Can (Arts Ed); Avenue Q (Ovation Productions); Movin’ Out (Arts Ed); Crazy For You (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Daisy Pulls it Off (Thom Sutherland); Romeo & Juliet (Hiraeth Productions); The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance (Illyria Open Air Tour); Apply Within (Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe); Our House (BYT); 18 Stone of Idiot – The Johnny Vegas Show (UMTV) and Funky Friday (MTV).

Assistant Choreographer/Director: A Chorus Line (assistant to Baayork Lee - London Palladium); Spring Awakening (Arts Ed); Tap coach to the Billy Elliot boys.

Grant also teaches at numerous colleges including: Arts Ed, London Studio Centre, GSA, and Urdang.

 

PERFORMANCE CREDITS INCLUDE:

Dance/Puppet Captain on Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Sister Act (London Palladium); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); Footloose (Novello Theatre); Fame (Aldwych Theatre); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge Theatre) and The Fred Astaire Tribute (London Palladium).

UK and International Tours include: Hair; Mamma Mia!; Starlight Express; Oh! What A Night; and Dancing Queen.

 

Television credits include: The Bill (Carlton) and The Biz (BBC).

 

Recordings include: The Beautiful Game and Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s Tribute.

REVIEWS



Grant Murphy's snappy choreography keeps the show swinging hard - Whats on stage


Directed by Grant Murphy, this revival of Forever Plaid effortlessly captures the style of the 50s boy band. - Reviews Hub


Director Grant Murphy ensures that the links in Forever Plaid are never boring. Using the talents of this ensemble, Murphy gives Forever Plaid, a fluidity of movement that quite often gets omitted from revues such as this. - Britishtheatre.com


Grant Murphy choreographs the four in routines that are as slick as they are witty. - Jonathan Baz


This fast-moving production, driven by great songs and Grant Murphy’s tippy-tap dances. - British Theatre Guide


Grant Murphy’s choreography really is superb from start to finish, pushing at the boundaries of what an ensemble of 12 can do on a narrow traverse stage with a breath-taking verve – the act one closer of I Got Rhythm has to be seen to be believed – and a clever mix of classic and contemporary moves ensuring it feels period-appropriate yet simultaneously fresh. He’s alive to the opportunities of working in such an intimate space and frequently highlights the percussive musicality of tap-dancing to great effect. - Reviews Hub


Grant Murphy's choreography is contained and contagious - Monkey Matters


It's only when Grant Murphy's choreography kicks in that it becomes energetic - One Stop Arts


Director Grant Murphy has assembled an excellent twelve-strong cast to present the show and wisely keeps a steady flow of traffic out to the (off-stage) balcony to keep the stage as uncluttered as possible - Reviews Hub


Grant Murphy's jolly choreography. - Britishtheatre.com


Subtle and clever staging from Grant Murphy - Jonathan Baz


With Grant Murphy’s animated choreography, there is never a dull moment. - Reviews Hub

Grant Murphy, is a West End creative who had a very successful performing career in many shows in the west end. at theatres such as The London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. After his years as a Dancer and Actor he retrained as a  Director-Choreographer, to develop the creative process of musicals, in London, across England and many countries world wide. He hopes to reach Broadway one day. Whilst working on Plays, Musicals, and creating New Writing projects he finds time to teach  at leading London colleges like ArtsEd.

'It takes time to get a dance right, to create something memorable'.

Fred Astaire


Grant Murphy is dedicated to creating interesting new works, collaborating with other creatives and members of production teams.

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