The Company Music Theatre is a national musical youth theatre managed by a creative and administrative team whose passion and drive has made it one of the most successful and recognisable youth companies in the UK today.
Founded by Caroline Leslie, Dan Swana and Lee Crowley, The Company has gone from strength to strength in its short 6 year history. All team members have worked with nationally and internationally recognised organisations and are highly regarded professional practitioners. This has helped create a supportive, collaborative network that reaches right across the UK. The Company is continually seeking funds to enable young people with talent to take part in productions, regardless of circumstances.
The Company’s debut production in 2008 - ‘The Rose and the Ring' at the Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester - received critical acclaim and the support of the Manchester Evening News. It won the Up-and-Coming Talent Award and a cheque for £5,000 at the MEN (Guardian Group) Theatre Awards 2008.
In August 2009 The Company staged two productions: Merrily We Roll Along and 3’s Company. In 2010, The Company moved to The Lowry, Media City Salford for Parade, which gained accolades in the national press. From this success, The Company moved to London in 2011 for a showcase of work so far and to present Mack & Mabel, returning to its home at The Lowry in 2012 for Into the Woods and for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2013.
All shows are cast at auditions across the UK, followed by residential rehearsals which take place in school or college holiday periods, involving fun, team-building and hard work in equal measures. All residentials are fully supervised by qualified teachers with a great deal of experience and provide a safe and creative environment in which performers can develop.
"The Company Music Theatre deserves supreme credit for a totally professional and convincing presentation of the iconic musical. At times, one would be forgiven for thinking they were in the bright lights of London’s West End; such was the calibre of talent."
Salford Online for 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying'