For nearly 50 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, which are still running extraordinarily successfully across the world. Uniquely, Cameron, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of both Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera, has mounted new versions of both shows which are now proving as successful as the original. His spectacular new production of Miss Saigon, which was the fourth of his great hits of the 1980s, has now opened to enormous acclaim at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, as well as several productions around the world. Other productions of Mary Poppins continues to disperse her magic globally. As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as My Fair Lady and Oliver! – which continue to be enjoyed by new generations. Other musicals he has created, include Little Shop of Horrors, Side by Side by Sondheim, Martin Guerre, The Witches of Eastwick, Betty Blue Eyes and now his re-imagined production of Barnum. He also produced the most successful production ever of Stephen Sondheim’s legendry Follies in London.
Les Misérables remains the longest-running musical in the world and the original is now going into its 30th year in London. His new production has opened to huge success on Broadway and in Australia with other productions currently in Spain, Japan and Korea. His spectacular new version of The Phantom of the Opera, is also currently touring North America. Over the next three years he has over 30 new productions of his musicals due to open around the world.
In 2013 Cameron, in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal, produced his first hugely successful musical film, the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning Les Misérables.
Cameron owns nine historic theatres in London’s West End – the Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, seven of which have undergone spectacular refurbishment, giving him the opportunity to indulge his passion for architecture and the restoration of old buildings. In May 2014 Cameron announced the acquisition of two major West End theatres – the Victoria Palace Theatre and the Ambassadors Theatre which will be renamed The Sondheim Theatre. Both theatres will be extensively refurbished in 2015 and 2016 respectively. He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest owner of secondary rights of the greatest musicals.
Some of Cameron’s awards include the following: In 1995 his company received The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement and he was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre. In 2006 he received the National Enjoy England Award for Excellence for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and he has recently been the first British producer elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame on Broadway.