Chairman Arnold M Crook
Arnold M Crook has been Chairman of Louis I Michaels Ltd, the holding company of the Theatre Royal Haymarket since 1981. Acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful theatre buildings in the UK it has played host to some of the greatest actors, directors and playwrights in the history of theatre and is the only independently-owned commercial theatre in the West End. During his time at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, he has been responsible for the restoration of the theatre to its former historical splendour and has provide theatregoers with some of London’s most lauded productions of the late 20th and early 21st Century, showcasing many of the UK’s most illustrious and respected performers, directors, writers and designers.
As a producer for Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Arnold together with Nigel Everett and on behalf of the TRH board of directors has financed, produced and general managed a number of productions including: A Slice of Saturday Night, Lust, Stephen Berkoff’s – Shakespeare Villains, the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Blue Room, The Royal Family with Dame Judi Dench and directed by Sir Peter Hall, Lady Windermere’s Fan with Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson also directed by Sir Peter Hall, The York Realist written and directed by Peter Gill, Ralph Fiennes in Brand directed by Adrian Noble, A Woman of No Importance with Rupert Graves and Samantha Bond, the musical The Genius of Ray Charles, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Claire Bloom and Billy Zane and most recently, The Last Confession with David Suchet.
In 1998 Arnold formed the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust, believing that rather than sitting empty and silent for long hours of the day before performances the theatre should also be used for the benefit of young people.