4th September 2013
Gala Launch of Parallel Productions, Battersea Barge
"A great evening bursting to the seams with talent!"
A Younger Theatre
"Prepared, polished, and performed with panache... a great beginning to an exciting concept!"
West End Frame
"A rousing atmosphere - the grade of performers was very high."
27th April 2014
West End Switched Off Vol.1 Album Launch, St. James Studio
"Phenomenal MD Kris Rawlinson has re-orchestrated the songs with acoustic splendour to sound freshly minted... Hope that West End Switched Off becomes a regular fixture. I'll be back for more if/when it is!"
"Fresh, unorthodox... Every song impressed with a surprising and unconventional arrangement. I have nothing but praise for the project's MD and mastermind Kris Rawlinson... Some spine-tingling moments of unique musical magic. I can't recommend it highly enough."
★★★★★ West End Frame
"Kris Rawlinson's arrangements of well known theatre classics take you to a higher place... I would like to employ him to musically direct my life! A wonderful evening of spine-tingling music and I will be first in line for tickets to the next concert."
★★★★ West End Wilma
To launch our debut album, West End Switched Off Vol. 1, we held a sold out launch concert at the St James Studio. The line up of guests was as follows: Ambra Caserotti, Jordan Lee Davies, Dale Evans, Alice Fearn, Chloe Hart, Emma Hatton, Adrian Hansel, Dean John-Wilson, Sophie Linder-Lee, Thomas Sutcliffe and Rebecca Trehearn.
This was the intimate launch of the production company and our debut project, West End Switched Off, with some fabulous guests and a small band at the Battersea Barge, London.
24th May 2015
West End Switched Off
"West End Switched Off is an exceedingly good show.. Set in the intimate yet densely populated space that is the St. James Studio and all led by musical genius Kris Rawlinson, the entire evening was slickly executed."
★★★★★ West End Wilma
Loved @WEswitchedoff by @ParaProd. Was a cracking evening with a plethora of insane talent performing all new & beautiful arrangements. Wow!
Absolutely loved @WEswitchedoff last night! Congratulations to @ParaProd & all performers involved!
Bags of musical talent on display tonight at St. James Theatre - brilliant! @WEswitchedoff @krisrawlinson
Loved @WEswitchedoff! So many talented artists & wonderful performances in one evening!
Had such a lovely evening @St_JamesTheatre for @ParaProd's @WEswitchedoff tonight! Amazing line up and loved the song choices!
@krisrawlinson is the leader in creating better & more exciting cabaret. Catch the next one & you won't regret it.
I really enjoyed @WEswitchedoff - saw a few performers I loved & discovered some new ones! Great voices & original arrangements - thanks all!
Great job @krisrawlinson and everyone at @ParaProd's second West End Switched Off - especially @sophielinderlee. Amazing lady.
Absolute treat of any evening @ParaProd @WEswitchedoff album launch! Congrats @krisrawlinson
@WEswitchedoff was absolutely stunning. Such clever and fresh arrangements by @krisrawlinson sung by incredible voices! I just love it!
Fantastic evening's entertainment @WEswitchedoff album launch. Well done @krisrawlinson @ParaProd, and please - may we have some more?
What a night at St. James Theatre for the @WEswitchedoff album launch. An amazing show, great singers and band. Go buy it!
24th May 2016
LUCIE JONES, STEWART CLARKE, KATIE PAINE, JEREMY LEGAT and SALLY SAMAD launch MUSICALS UNSUNG
‘MUSICALS unsung’ brings you songs – from golden age of Hollywood screen to the newest Broadway shows – that have not made it to the final cut. Featuring a wealth of songs that have been cut from shows including Wicked, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, The Last Five Years, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors and Shrek, audiences will hear songs that are classics in their own right, which are now finally getting the performances they have always deserved.
"Some of these songs are forgotten gems which have been hidden for years. It made such a nice change to see completely different music being performed - a brilliant concept for a concert featuring a brilliant line-up of West End talent."
★★★★ West End Frame
"This talented group of actors, showed their ability to act through song, whilst establishing a line of communication with their audience, giving this event an intimacy that most musical theatre lovers crave. Kris Rawlinson’s arrangements and accompaniment throughout was sublime and perfectly in synch with the performers. His playing never dominating but always providing a rich musical background to showcase the performances."
"the evening is thoroughly enjoyable and, for any musical theatre geek, it’s a fascinating insight into the creative process of making a new musical. At 90 minutes, including an interval, it’s a delicious bite-size musical treat!"
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
"This was a really entertaining evening, and a great show for musical theatre nerds who like to discover hidden gems. Here’s hoping that Musicals Unsung can become a semi-regular feature at the St James Theatre Studio."
★★★★ She Sees Shows
20th March 2016
West End Switched Off, St. James Studio
"The ever charming Carolyn Maitland performed a killer arrangement of Don’t Stop Believing that was the pinnacle of an already fantastic first act; let’s hope there’s another CD from Switched Off and this features on it!"
★★★★★ Spy In The Stalls
"A thrilling concept with an exciting future, Kris Rawlinson is unstoppable. Celebrating two sold out performances, West End Switched Off continues to glide from strength. West End Switched Off is an absolute must see for open minded theatre fans."
★★★★ West End Frame
"West End Switched Off is a great concept of taking well known musical theatre songs and performing them in a new and interesting way. I look forward to more shows from them and more studio recordings to capture some of these great songs."
★★★★ West End Wilma
Absolutely loved @WEswitchedoff this afternoon. Brilliant arrangements by @krisrawlinson and the singers and band were incredible!
Lovely night at @WEswitchedoff So much talent in one room!! Feeling very inspired
Wow. @WEswitchedoff was insane. Everyone killed it - was insane. Such vocal talent gave me goosebumps!
@WEswitchedoff was simply fantastic yesterday. Voices = EPIC... Well done to all involved!! #inspired
Such a wonderful afternoon with @paraprod at #WestEndSwitchedOff - a room bursting with talent
Absolutely mesmerised by @ParaProd @WEswitchedoff this evening- @krisrawlinson your arrangements are something else
Wow. @WEswitchedoff was AMAZING!! Everyone absolutely KILLED it up there
So.... @krisrawlinson is a genius.... @JodieSamSteele is from another planet.... The whole cast were incredible @WEswitchedoff was AMAZING!
I loved #MusicalsUnsung @St_JamesTheatre last night with @luciejones1, @StewClarke, @JeremyLegat @sallysamad & @KatiePaine1 - great job!
Really enjoyed Musicals Unsung @St_JamesTheatre tonight - fascinating to hear songs cut from well-known shows. Bravo @krisrawlinson & cast!
After two sell-out one-woman shows, Rachel Tucker is back with her first intimate solo show. Following a triumphant run as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical on Broadway, for which she was the recipient of the Best Female Replacement Award at the 2016 Broadway.com Audience Awards, Rachel is currently reprising her role as Elphaba in London's West End, as part of Wicked's special 10th Anniversary cast, having also previously played the role to great acclaim in London for 3 years, where she holds the title of longest consecutive running Elphaba and won the 2011 WhatsOnStage award for Best Takeover in a Role.
Rachel made her Broadway debut in late 2014 in Sting's musical The Last Ship, creating the role of Meg Dawson, to rave reviews.
In 2015, Rachel performed her one-woman show Back From Broadway, which won the 2015 West End Wilma Award for Best Cabaret. Rachel's debut solo album The Reason was launched in her first sell-out concert at the St. James Theatre in August 2013.
Other theatre includes: Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory), Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Tonight's The Night (National Tour), Rent (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), The Who's Tommy (National Tour), The Full Monty (National Tour), The Wizard of Oz, To Be Sure, Merry Christmas Betty Ford and Have A Nice Life (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). Workshops include: Lazarus directed by Ivo van Hove, Dusty and Love Never Dies.
RACHEL TUCKER: LIVE AT ZEDEL
20th & 21st March 7pm, 23rd March 9.15pm & 25th March 11pm
Television includes: I'd Do Anything (BBC), where she reached the semi-final stages for the role of Nancy.
Rachel Tucker: Live at Zedel will be directed by Guy Retallack, who directed both of Rachel's previously successful one-woman shows, and is brought to you by Parallel Productions