About

Aria Entertainment was founded in 2012 by Katy Lipson. In 2017, Katy was awarded the Best Producer award by the Off-West End Awards and is a recipient of a Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. She took part in the first ever UK/US Producer Exchange in 2019 and was nominated for International Producer Of The Year in 2020 by the League Of Professional Women in New York. She made “The Stage 100” a list of the most influential people working in British Theatre in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for her work as producing artistic director of the Hope Mill Theatre.

 

Katy produced the UK Premiere Tour of The Addams Family in 2017 and the 50th Anniversary touring production of HAIR in 2019 which also ran at the London Vaults in 2017 and which she originally co-produced with Hope Mill Theatre in 2016, where she was the Producing Artistic Director for all in-house musicals from 2016 – 2019. HAIR (The Vaults) won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards. She transferred a production of Pippin, to Southwark Playhouse, which was nominated for a record number of Off West End Awards and her production of Spring Awakening won the award for Best Regional show at the 2019 WOS awards. In 2012, the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens’ birth, she produced a revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre, West End. This was followed by a transfer to the same venue in 2017 of new musical The Toxic Avenger following runs at The Edinburgh Festival’s Pleasance Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse.

 

Katy set up the From Page to Stage festival to support new musicals at all difference stages of development. In 6 years FPTS has given platform to over 100 new musicals. Many have gone on to have full productions and be licensed worldwide. Aria runs a full-time literary department for new musicals.

 

Other productions include: Mame (UK Tour), which was recently nominated for 7 WhatsOnStage Awards and starred Tracie Bennett; Unexpected Joy (Southwark Playhouse and York Theatre, Off-Broadway); It’s Only Life (Union Theatre); MameThe Astonishing Times of Timothy CratchitRagsPutting it TogetherThe Return of the SoldierPippinSpring AwakeningAspects of LoveLittle WomenThe ToyBoy DiariesYank!Parade and HAIR (Hope Mill Theatre); the London transfers of Pippin (Southwark Playhouse) and Yank! (Charing Cross Theatre); Rags and tick, tick…BOOM! (Park Theatre); Aspects of LoveThe Toxic Avenger and Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse); Vanities The Musical (Trafalgar Studios); The House of Mirrors & Hearts (Arcola Theatre); See What I Wanna See and The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Adventures of PinocchioLizzie and The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre), Marry Me A LittleJerry’s Girls and Forever Plaid (St. James Studio); Bar Mitzvah BoyThat’s Jewish EntertainmentBette Miller and MeThe Jewish LegendsThe Great Jewish American Songbook and The MGM Story (Upstairs at the Gatehouse and The Radlett Centre).

 

Other current and recent projects include: The Last 5 Years (Southwark Playhouse); Zorro The MusicalSammy (Lyric Hammersmith); The Addams Family (UK Tour) and Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny and Jewish Hollywood (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Radlett Centre).

 

Twitter: @AriaEnts

News

Interview – Katy Lipson

‘I want to create shows with a legacy and I want to make money’

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Feature – From Page to Stage 2018

From Page to Stage Festival at Southwark Playhouse: The place to see new musicals before anyone else

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Interview – Katy Lipson

‘We’re running out of shows to revive, new musicals are the future’ – We caught up with one of the busiest producers in the UK to get her views on the country’s new musicals scene.

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Interview – From Page to Stage 2017

Katy Lipson speaks to BBC London News about the From Page to Stage 2017 Season including the premiere of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s new musical ‘Some Lovers’.

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Interview – From Page to Stage 2017

Katy Lipson talks to Jenni Murray for the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour about the 2017 From Page to Stage Season.

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Interview – Katy Lipson

Is Katy Lipson the future of musicals? John Nathan talks to a rising star in the theatre world.

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