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    January 27, 2023
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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Something British Our Way Comes: Meet a Key UK Player
Friday 1/27 at 5:00 eastern time
Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link. These gatherings are a service for the theater community and are offered free for TRU members; we ask that non-members help keep us running by making a donation or joining as a member.
In the room: Louis Hartshorn of UK's Hartshorn-Hook Productions, a theater and live entertainment group of companies, producing world-class immersive as well as traditional theater and providing services to the live entertainment industry. Having produced over 100 productions since 2007, with an emphasis on immersive, site-specific and musical works, Louis Hartshorn is about to make his mark on the New York theater scene. Hear about his soon-to-open immersive Great Gatsby transferring from a successful run in London, as well as his company's efforts to create new off-Broadway venues, and new opportunities. He is joined by Leah Siesfeld, venue manager and associate general manager at Broadway Asia.

    is the Executive Director of the Arts Theatre in the West End, CEO of Hartshorn - Hook Enterprises and joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere.¬†Alongside Brian Hook, Louis has produced theatrical productions such as the Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam, the Grammy and Olivier-award nominated Amelie the Musical, Dolly Parton‚Äôs 9 to 5, Peaky Blinders: The Rise, Doctor Who: Time Fracture, Woody Sez and the Immersive Great Gatsby ‚Äď the UK‚Äôs longest running immersive production. In 2019 they founded Immersive|LDN: a specialist immersive theatre and event venue in central London.¬†Louis manages the Arts Theatre in London, where Six the Musical started its professional life. The Arts is now home to the smash hit, Choir of Man, also produced by The Everywhere Group.¬†In the hospitality sector, he has created The Lucky Club in Camden, a modern roof terrace cocktail bar starring tacos, The Farrier in Camden, a neighbourhood pub specialising in modern takes on English classic dishes and natural wine, and via the Arts Theatre, collaborated with JJ Goodman on the Covent Garden Social Club. In 2011 Louis and Gregory Batsleer created Pencil Music, a music company with an ethos of cross-genre experimentation. Venues include Village Underground in Shoreditch, Latitude and Wilderness Festivals and the Southbank Centre. Pencil has twice collaborated with DJ Nico Bentley, first creating a new version of Tarik O'Regan's The Ecstasies Above, followed in 2017 by a tour of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with DJ, string quintet, harpsichord and sung by Festival Voices. Messiah the Live Experience is the latest of their creative collaborations.¬†With Brian Hook, he has founded Kingswood Arts, a new arts centre and cultural hub in South London opening in 2023, which will serve the local area, providing outreach and opportunities for underserved members of that community.