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 the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. She made The Stage 100 in 2018 and 2019 with Joe Houston and William Whelton for their work at Hope Mill Theatre.

Katy co-produced the UK Tour of The Addams Family and the 50th Anniversary production of HAIR at the London Vaults, which she originally co-produced with Hope Mill Theatre in 2016, where she is Producing Artistic Director for in-house productions. HAIR won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 Whatsonstage Awards and is now about to embark on a major UK Tour. Their transfer of Pippin which played in February at Southwark is nominated for a record number of Off West End Awards. Their production of Spring Awakening is nominated for Best Regional show at the upcoming WOS awards. She also produced the London transfer of new musical The Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre, West End following a run at The Edinburgh Festival’s Pleasance Theatre.

Other recent productions include: Unexpected Joy (Southwark Playhouse and York Theatre, Off-Broadway); It’s Only Life (Union Theatre); Putting it Together; The Return of the Soldier, Aspects of Love, Little Women, The ToyBoy Diaries, Yank!, Parade and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); the London transfers of Pippin and Aspects Of Love (Southwark Playhouse) and Yank! (Charing Cross Theatre); tick, tick…BOOM! (Park Theatre); Promises, Promises and The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); Vanities The Musical (Trafalgar Studios); See What I Wanna See and The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Adventures of Pinocchio, Lizzie and The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors & Hearts, Supported By Grant For The Arts (Arcola Theatre) and Marry Me A Little, Jerry’s Girls and Forever Plaid (St. James Studio).

Other current projects include: Rags the Musical; Mame starring double Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester).

News

Feature – WhatsOffStage Awards 2018

Hope Mill Theatre wins 2 awards – Best Front of House Team and Favourite Theatre – at the inaugural WhatsOffStage Awards.

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Interview – Katy Lipson

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

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Feature – Hope Mill Theatre

East Side Story – how an old mill in Ancoats has become a Mecca for musical theatre fans

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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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Feature – Hope Mill Theatre

UK Theatre outside of London: Top 10 Venues – “Go here for exciting new musical theatre”

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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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