The Drifters Girl

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Karen Bruce

Karen is an Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director, working extensively in theatre and television both in the UK and abroad.

Director credits include: The Last Tango (UK tour, Phoenix Theatre), Dance ’Til Dawn (UK tour, Aldwych), Midnight Tango (UK tour, Phoenix), Strictly Come Dancing – the Professionals (Stage Entertainment tour), Love Me Tender (UK tour),Saturday Night Fever (Spain, South Africa, Victoria Apollo, UK tour, Australia, Singapore, Scandinavia, Korea), Oliver! (Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bermuda), Footloose (Novello, UK tour, South Africa) and The Wedding Singer (UK tour).

Choreographer credits include: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (London Palladium), The Last Tango (UK tour, Phoenix Theatre), The Bodyguard (UK tour), Dance ‘Til Dawn (UK tour), Starlight Express (Joburg Theatre, South Africa), The Last Horseman (Madrid), Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates (Birmingham Hippodrome), Chess (Margitsziget Open Air Theatre, Budapest), Never Forget (Savoy, UK tour), Doctor Doolittle (UK tour), Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse), The Producers (Spain), Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury), Brighton Rock (Almeida), Annie Get Your Gun (number one tour), Footloose (Theatre Royal Plymouth, number one tour), When Harry Met Barry (the Venue, try-out) and A Chorus Line and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible).

Television credits include: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC – 7 seasons), So You Think You Can Dance (BBC – 2 seasons), Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV), Toast (BBC Film), Children in Need (BBC), Believe in Me - The UK entry in the The Eurovision Song Contest 2013, The Voice, Waking the Dead, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, The Les Dennis Laughter Show, The Lisa Maxwell Show (BBC) and Head Over Heels (Carlton).

Other events include: The Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester), devising a piece based on music in war for Fiona Laird (National Theatre) and several commissions for Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

Awards and nominations: Olivier Award nomination for Best Family and Entertainment for Dance ‘Til Dawn (Aldwych), Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse), TMA Best Musical Award for Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible), Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment for Midnight Tango and WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice nomination for Best Choreographer for Never Forget.

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