Joshua Andrews has been involved in the entertainment business for over 20 years.
Having spent 10 years in the film business, working for the likes of Mel Gibson and on movies such as 187 with Samuel L. Jackson, The Spice Girls film, Spice World, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and The River King – which he Executive Produced, Josh began his theatre career as associate producer, and subsequently producer, for one of the UK’s leading and most prolific theatre companies, Bill Kenwright Limited. During his six-year tenure, he worked on over 25 productions, including West End and national touring productions of plays and musicals such as Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Jessica Lange (Apollo Theatre); Christopher Hampton’s Treats (Garrick Theatre and UK tour), starring Kris Marshall, Billie Piper and Laurence Fox; Noël Coward’s Hay Fever (UK tour); Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (UK tour); Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular (Garrick Theatre and UK tour); Season’s Greetings (UK tour); Peter Shaffer’s Sleuth (UK tour); Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl (Apollo Theatre and UK tour), directed by Rufus Norris; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind (UK tour); Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre and UK tour); the Olivier Award-nominated Tina Turner musical Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), starring Michael Crawford. In terms of original productions at BKL, he was producer on the newly rediscovered play by Noël Coward, Volcano (Vaudeville Theatre and UK tour); The Haunting, an adaptation by Hugh Janes of the ghost stories of Charles Dickens; Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s Olivier Award-nominated musical Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy Theatre and the Playhouse), which ran for three years in the West End and continues on national tour; and Ben Brown’s acclaimed play Three Days in May (Trafalgar Studios), which won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play in 2012.
In 2013, Josh set up a new production company to produce and general-manage plays and musicals under his own banner. He is now the producer of the hugely successful crime-thriller stage franchise, based on the best-selling books from the UK’s number one crime author, Peter James. The first four adaptations, The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple, Not Dead Enough and The House on Cold Hill, have toured throughout the UK to great acclaim and sell-out audiences.
Together with the Young Vic, Josh also co-produced the critically acclaimed, award-winning production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, the production was a sell-out hit in 2014, was screened live to cinemas around the world by NT Live and enjoyed another critically acclaimed run in New York in 2016.
In 2017 / 18 Josh Produced and Executive Produced the West End transfer of the Broadway award winning musical, An American in Paris, with producing partner, Michael McCabe and the original Broadway producers. An American In Paris, won 4 TONY Awards before it’s transfer to London’s Dominion Theatre, where it received a record setting 28 five star reviews from the UK critics and was nominated for an Olivier for Best New Musical. Josh also produced the filming of the London stage production which screened in cinemas worldwide in 2018.
2018 also saw Josh produce a brand new musical based on a much loved hit TV series by Kay Mellor. Fat Friends – The Musical, written and directed by Kay Mellor, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber, proved a HUGE hit with audiences across the UK and future productions are planned. 2019 has seen Josh produce Peter James’ supernatural thriller, The House On Cold Hill, the premier stage adaption of the thriller novel that gripped the world, The Girl On The Train and with his new venture, Kilimanjaro Theatricals, he is a co-producer on the West End productions of 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre and Pretty Woman at the Piccadilly Theatre and on Broadway, Mrs. Doubtfire and the new Broadway hit, Hadestown, which recently won 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical.