Board of Trustees
Arnold M Crook (Chair)
Arnold M Crook was the Chairman of Louis I Michaels Ltd, the holding company of the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1981-2018. During his time at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, he was responsible for the restoration of the theatre to its former historical splendour and provided 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 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.
Jeremy has worked as a London-based international corporate lawyer for the last 30 years and is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP. He regularly advises Boards on transactional matters and on their legal and regulatory obligations and has wide experience of advising on corporate governance and risk management issues. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Allen & Overy’s staff pension schemes in the UK and was previously a member of Allen & Overy’s audit committee for 8 years.
He serves as an independent governor on the Board of London South Bank University and on its Major Projects & Investment Committee. He is also Chair of its Remuneration Committee.
He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Enham Trust, a charity for the disabled.
Jeremy has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the theatre and dance and is delighted to be involved in Masterclass. He lives in London, and in Wiltshire where his wife is an arable farmer.