Involved in theatre one way or another for almost 50 years, Nick Wakeham has worked as actor, singer, director, writer, theatre general manager, wardrobe supervisor and reviewer.
Starting out as a child actor at the age of 13, he later attended Manchester Polytechnic before setting out on an acting/directing career that would take him into his late 20s. Giving up the bright lights, he worked for three years as Wardrobe Supervisor to the world famous female impersonator, Danny La Rue, touring the UK and Australia. Arriving back in London, he was headhunted by Turnstyle (later ATG) to be in charge of their box offices and to be their ‘musical theatre consultant’. This eventually had him working very closely with the in-house marketing department, which he joined, alongside Shereden Mathews. Although his work consisted of all their musical theatre output, he was mostly involved with The Rocky Horror Show (writing copy that is still used to this day!) and Smokey Joe’s Café, his life took a swerve when Turnstyle/ATG bought their first theatre, The Duke of York’s in St Martin’s Lane, and he was employed as its General Manager. On leaving ATG, he went straight to Dewynters as a marketing associate mostly concerned with copy writing and brochure content. Then, for some obscure reason (known only to him) he moved to the Isle of Skye to make candles! It was there that he started producing radio programmes on the musical theatre which have been running weekly for over 15 years. After going stir-crazy, he has now moved back to civilisation and lives in an old miner's cottage in East Ayrshire - he evicted the old miner!
However, the lure of the theatre was too strong and when offered freelance work by his old friend and nemesis, Shereden Mathews, he couldn’t resist! And so, since 2002, he has been happily supplying spreadsheets, copy, Marketing Packs, blood, sweat and tears to DR5 Arts Marketing Ltd. Nick is also a regular musical theatre reviewer for musicaltheatrereview.com and has his own proofreading company ProofItFirst.