Welcome to Take a Left Productions

We are thrilled that in 2019 we’ll be hosting Ruby Wax, Jay Rayner and Claude-Michel Schönberg at St James in Guernsey and producing our first UK credit with Bernstein Revealed: A Cabaret at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

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Bernstein Revealed: A Cabaret

7:30pm, Sunday 28th April 2019, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

April 2019 sees a brand new production of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece West Side Story at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, featuring orchestrations by Bernstein Revealed’s very own Jason Carr.

We are delighted that Bernstein Revealed: A Cabaret will feature as part of the season on Sunday 28th April.

Tickets are now on sale from the Royal Exchange – click here to be taken to their website.

Leading Leonard Bernstein expert Edward Seckerson, double Olivier Award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann and double Tony Award nominee Jason Carr celebrate 100 years of Leonard Bernstein, the musical superman who bestrode the Broadway stage as wholeheartedly and adeptly as he did the world’s great concert halls.

Through a heady cocktail of stories and songs, the trio draw upon their vast knowledge of the scores and the stories behind them to create a unique evening exploring the life and music of this extraordinary man.

Edward conducted one of the last major interviews with Bernstein less than a year before his death in 1990, and it is that memorable encounter that is at the heart of this intimate show.

Performed live on stage are songs from some of the most popular musicals of all time, including West Side StoryCandideOn the Town and Wonderful Town, as well as gorgeous rarities from 1600 Pennsylvania AvenuePeter PanMass and Trouble in Tahiti.

Ruby Wax, the Monk and the Neuroscientist:
How To Be Human

8pm, Wednesday 15th May 2019, St James, Guernsey


This May, we’ll be bringing Ruby Wax and friends to St James in Guernsey, in association with Lakin McCarthy.

Ruby Wax invites you to use more of your mind for compassion, instead of just chasing what’s ‘better’, like a hamster on a wheel.

With a little help from monk Gelong Thubten, who explains how the mind works, and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, who explains where everything that makes us ‘us’ can be found in the brain, this is the show you need to help you upgrade your mind as much as you’ve upgraded your iPhone.

Tickets are now completely sold out, but you can visit Ruby’s website here for her other upcoming tour dates.

The Ten (Food) Commandments by Jay Rayner

8pm, Friday 7th June 2019, St James, Guernsey

We’ll be welcoming Jay Rayner, the renowned restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet to St James on Friday 7th June with his hilarious show The Ten (Food) Commandments, in association with Fane Productions.

In a recent survey of journalists and the public by UK Press Gazette, Jay was voted the most influential food and drink journalist in Britain, and if you haven’t read any of his wonderful reviews, click here for one of the best!

The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat. Now the award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner has decided it’s time to act.

Enter our new culinary Moses with a new set of hand-tooled commandments for this food-obsessed age.

He deals once and for all with questions like whether it is ever okay to covet thy neighbour’s oxen (it is), eating with your hands (very important indeed) and if you should cut off the fat (no).

The Ten (Food) Commandments combines reportage and anecdotes with recipes worthy of adoration and in this audio-visual romp Jay Rayner attempts to lead us to the edible Promised Land.

Tickets are on sale now online, over the phone on 711 361, or in person at St James.

Ticket prices are £23 (£12 restricted view), plus St James booking fees if booking online.

Claude-Michel Schönberg in conversation with Edward Seckerson

8pm, Saturday 29th June 2019, St James, Guernsey

This June, Take a Left Productions will bring Claude-Michel Schönberg, the legendary composer of Les Misérables, to the island where Victor Hugo wrote his classic novel.

Together with lyricist Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg created two of the greatest international successes in the history of musical theatre, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

In a rare public encounter, and a 2019 exclusive to Guernsey, Claude-Michel Schönberg will sit down with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to discuss his journey from songwriter, record producer and singer (including his French number one hit song Le Premier Pas) to the stages of the West End and Broadway.

Illustrated with performances from West End stars Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton; Andrea Bocelli’s guest vocalist on recent arena tours) and Daniel Koek (Jean Valjean in Les Misérables), as well as M Schönberg’s treasured recordings, do not miss your chance to spend an evening with one of musical theatre’s true legends.

He will discuss how his “Rock Opera” La Révolution Française set him on the path to Victor Hugo and Les Misérables and how a single photograph from the archives of the Vietnam War prompted a dramatic new take on Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, as well as the elusive process which triggers the melodies, his love of opera and ballet, and his continuing quest to breathe new life into perhaps his greatest score, Martin Guerre.

The event forms part of the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Conference 2019 and M Schönberg is very generously donating his fee to The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society.

Tickets are on sale now online, over the phone on 01481 711 361, or in person at St James.

Ticket prices are £25 (£12 restricted view), plus St James booking fees if booking online.