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Wessex Grove is a theatrical production company set up by Benjamin Lowy and Emily Vaughan-Barratt in May 2020 to produce and general manage innovative and exciting work of the highest quality in the West End, on Broadway and beyond.

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WHO WE ARE

BENJAMIN LOWY – PRODUCER

Benjamin is a Tony Award winning producer who runs Benjamin Lowy Productions in the United States. Under BLP, he produced Betrayal and Seawall/A Life on Broadway in 2019. Previously, Benjamin co-produced 18 shows on Broadway, including Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhall, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Tootsie. On the West End, co-productions include Caroline or Change, the Pinter at the Pinter season, 9 to 5, and Cyrano De Bergerac. 

 

EMILY VAUGHAN-BARRATT – PRODUCER

Before setting up Wessex Grove in 2020 with Ben, Emily worked at Ambassador Theatre Group for 8 years producing a wide range of shows for them including: The Playhouse season (Cyrano de Bergerac and The Seagull ), Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre and in New York at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, and the Pinter at the Pinter season. Other shows for ATG include; Pretty Woman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, multiple West End transfers including Rob Icke’s Oresteia, Hamlet and The Doctor all from the Almeida Theatre, and King Lear from Chichester Festival Theatre. Before that she worked at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Print Room

Emily is a trustee of Polka Theatre, a mentor for the Bridge The Gap Stage One scheme, a member of the Society of London Theatre, and a member of the League of Independent Producers.

 

TOM POWIS – GENERAL MANAGER
Tom joined Wessex Grove in 2022 from Eleanor Lloyd Productions where he was General Manager. He worked at ELP for 8 years, working on a variety of productions including the site-specific Witness for the Prosecution, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story, Constellations, Emilia, Nell Gwynn, My Night with Reg, and Handbagged.

 

SARAH ALFORD-SMITH – PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Sarah joined Wessex Grove in 2022 having previously worked as a freelance company manager and stage manager. Notable productions as company manager include: Network, directed by Ivo van Hove for the National Theatre; The Vote, live broadcast for More 4 / Donmar Warehouse, directed by Josie Rourke; Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke; and Black Watch, directed by John Tiffany for National Theatre of Scotland.

 

HUGH SUMMERS – PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Hugh joined Wessex Grove in 2022 from Sonia Friedman Productions, where he was a Production Assistant. He has worked in a variety of theatre production roles across London and in the West End, including producing a series of concerts at the Apollo Theatre as part of Nica Burns’ Rising Stars festival. Hugh is on the board of Chichester Festival Theatre, having previously been a member of the theatre’s inaugural Youth Advisory Board.

 

JACK STERNE – PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Jack joined Wessex Grove in 2023 having spent the past eight years working at Sonia Friedman Productions and Smart Entertainment. Prior to that, he cut his teeth at Ambassador Theatre Group. Notable productions include: The Book of Mormon (West End/European Tour); Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (Palace); Uncle Vanya (Harold Pinter); Summer & Smoke and Rosmersholm (Duke of Yorks); Grenfell – Value Engineering and Grenfell – System Failure (London Tour & Channel 4); The McOnie Company’s Nutcracker (Southbank Centre); A Christmas Carol (Dominion); Playtime and The Wellspring (Northampton Royal & Derngate).

 

ELOISE KENNY-RYDER – ADMINISTRATOR
Eloise has been with Wessex Grove since the company launched in May 2020. She is a trained violinist and singer and read music at The University of Oxford. Eloise has a particular interest in interdisciplinary, alternative forms of theatre making, and is currently exploring her ideas in a master’s course at Goldsmiths, University of London in conjunction with her work at Wessex Grove.

 

MAX HOFFMAN – EXECUTIVE AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Max moved from New York to London in September 2021 to get his master’s at RADA and Birkbeck. Before arriving in London, Max trained as an actor at NYU and worked in production offices on shows like The Music Man and West Side Story, among various other wacky jobs over the years. Recently Max has performed two of his own cabarets: one he conceived in New York as his farewell concert, and the other as his master’s thesis which reappropriated the songs of queer and Jewish composers. Max loves chocolate, walks on the Heath, and is passionate about making a Mame revival happen sooner rather than later.

 

LILY FORD – OFFICE ASSISTANT

Since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2021, Lily has worked as a Production Runner for various television and film productions. Her passion, however, has always remained in theatre. She pursued her love for the stage through studying Drama and English at university and by taking part in courses at the National Youth Theatre and Arts Ed as well as working at Vault Festival. She is excited for the opportunity to learn and grow within Wessex Grove.

I thought of you the other day. (Pause) I was driving through Kilburn. Suddenly I saw where I was. I just stopped, and then I turned down Kinsale Drive and drove into Wessex Grove. I drove past the house and then stopped about 50 yards further on, like we used to do, do you remember?

SCENE 1, BETRAYAL, HAROLD PINTER, 1978.

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NEWS

The 24th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards: Winners

Wessex Grove wins three awards for A Little Life and Vanya. Read more

An Interview with Emily and Ben

Our co-founders Benjamin Lowy and Emily Vaughan-Barratt talk about why they started, how they are putting their teams first, and what is coming next. Read more

Sheridan Smith to star in Opening Night

Sheridan Smith is to star in a new musical by Rufus Wainwright and Ivo van Hove, based on John Cassavetes' 1977 film Opening Night, about an actor struggling with her new stage role. Read more

Matt Smith: Doctor Who star to return to West End stage

He will star in the first English-language production of Thomas Ostermeier's version of An Enemy of the People, at the Duke of York's Theatre from 6 February. Read more

Andrew Scott returns to the West End in Vanya

Vanya, adapted by Simon Stephens, directed by Sam Yates, and designed by Rosanna Vize, opens at the Duke of York's Theatre on 15 September Read more

A Little Life to extend London run at the Savoy

Following record-breaking demand at the Harold Pinter Theatre, this acclaimed production will play a further five weeks only at the Savoy Theatre from 5 July. Read more

One Woman Show nominated at the 2023 Olivier Awards

Liz Kingsman’s five-star smash hit comedy show is nominated for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play at the 2023 Olivier Awards. Read more

Wessex Grove feature in The Stage 100

Benjamin Lowy and Emily Vaughan-Barratt feature in The Stage 100, the annual list of the most influential people working in theatre and the performing arts. Read more

Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life to open in the West End

The novel which developed a passionate following among young audiences will be adapted for the stage. Read more

Aidan Turner and Jenna Coleman to star in drama about a word-rationed world.

The actors will bring a revival of Sam Steiner’s 2015 play Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons to London, Manchester and Brighton, directed by Josie Rourke Read more

Poster for Constellations

One Woman Show transfers to the West End

Liz Kingsman’s hilarious show comes to London for a limited run in December 2022. Read more

Poster for Constellations

Best of Enemies

Zachary Quinto joins David Harewood in the West End transfer of Best of Enemies. Read more

Poster for Constellations

Constellations wins two Olivier Awards

At the 2022 Olivier Awards, Constellations won the award for Best Revival and Sheila Atim won the award for Best Actress. Read more