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Ryan Mackenzie is MD for a New Musical Adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince

Ryan is one the UK’s most multi-talented musicians. Best known as a pianist, his fluency takes in folk, jazz and classical, as both soloist and accompanist, while his repertoire of skills and experience includes musical direction, conducting, orchestration and arranging, across the realms of theatre, musicals, dance, TV and radio. Recent projects include the international tour of Les Misérables, orchestrating for Pixie Lott, and playing piano on Carrie Hope Fletcher’s debut album, When The Curtain Falls. He is also music director for celebrated singer and impressionist, Christina Bianco. 

Other credits include: West Side Story (International Tour), Heart of Hollywood (The O2), Time Flies (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Children in Need (BBC), Starlight Express (The Other Palace), The Magician’s Elephant (workshop), the Glamis Prom (Glamis Castle), Claude-Michel Schönberg in Conversation (Bridge Theatre), West End Does: Christmas (Cadogan Hall), and St. Andrews Party with Barbara Dickson and the RSNO (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall).

Oscar Wilde’s beloved fairy tale is re-imagined for the stage in a modern musical adaptation at The Place for a limited time.

A seamless fusion of dance and song, The Happy Prince tells the story of a swallow’s faithful love for the golden statue of a Prince and their race against time to save their town. Wildean themes of greed and corruption, set against the redeeming power of love and sacrifice, resonate with as much urgency in our world today as when Wilde first told the fable to his own children as a bedtime story.

The workshop for this new musical stars Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Eastenders), Olivier-award winner Janie Dee (Follies, National Theatre), Sam Archer (Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands) and Sophia Hurdley (Cinderella). Music and Lyrics by Hal Cazalet, Book by Michael Barry.