Andrew Keates


Training: Brockenhurst College (Beacon College for Performing Arts), The Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts & The Guildford School of Acting (BA Hons Theatre).

West End credits include: Michael Dennis’ world premiere of Dark Sublime, starring Marina Sirtis. William M. Hoffman’s first AIDS play As Is. The critically acclaimed production of the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s new musical, Dessa Rose, starring Cynthia Erivo (Trafalgar Studios). The London revival of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), and Martin Sherman’s Passing By (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Other credits include: the European premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Park Theatre). Howard Goodall and Richard Curtis’ Girlfriends (Stanwyx Theatre). Steve Furst: In Character (Museum of Comedy, Astor Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and Southbank Underbelly Festival 2018). Directing and developing the world premiere of the new British Musical The White Feather (Union Theatre). The controversial Ugandan tragedy The River and the Mountain by Beau Hopkins, William M. Hoffman’s first AIDS play As Is, the European premiere of Rooms: a rock romance by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon and Passing By by Martin Sherman (Finborough Theatre). The professional world premiere of A Winter’s Tale (directed and developed by Andrew with Howard Goodall and Nick Stimson), Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts’ musical The Thing About Men and the award-winning production of The Hired Man (Landor Theatre). Short Plays By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Soho Theatre). Conjugal Rites by Roger Hall (Courtyard Theatre). A Spotlight On… West End Cabaret Season and Series (Landor Theatre). The London revival of Stiles and Drewe’s Just So (Tabard Theatre) and Martin Sherman’s Bent (Landor and Tabard Theatre transfer production).

Awards: Andrew and his productions have received many award nominations, including Best Director for Bent, Best Director for Just So, Best Entertainment for Just So, Best Director and Best Production for The Hired Man (amongst ten other nominations), Best Director for Rooms: A Rock Romance, Best Director for Dessa Rose and Best New Production of A Musical for The White Feather in the BroadwayWorld UK Awards and a special mention in the Critics Circle Awards. In 2012 Andrew’s production of The Hired Man won Best Musical Production and in 2013 his production of A Winter’s Tale won Best New Musical in The Awards. In 2018 the Vice Chancellor of Surrey University awarded Andrew the Young Achiever of the Year Award for his significant contribution to theatre, championing BAME artists and raising awareness of HIV stigma.

Andrew co-ran the Landor Theatre for three years working on many productions as a Producer, Casting Director and Director. In 2012 he left the Landor to form his own production company, Arion Productions Ltd of which he is the current Artistic Director that give opportunities to theatremakers and in 2017 they launched the Show People Podcast which Andrew hosts. 

To listen to the Show People Podcast and to find out more about Arion Productions, please visit