Andrew Kay and Associates
Andrew Kay and Associates Pty Ltd is an international theatrical producer and concert promoter based in Melbourne, Australia.
ABOUT ANDREW KAY
Andrew Kay has over 30 years experience in all aspects of the live entertainment industry having started his working life as a professional actor prior to working for a government arts funding authority, as GM of Australia’s major theatre company before finally becoming a commercial theatre producer and concert promoter.
Between 1996-7 he produced the incredibly successful world wide tour of pianist David Helfgott whose life was depicted in the film Shine. Together with two of his business partners, David Vigo and Clifford Hocking AM (dec), he created and continues to produce/present the the hugely successful Soweto Gospel Choir, winner of 2 Grammys, an Emmy and a Academy Award nomination.
Other theatrical highlights include Australian tours/seasons of the Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy production of "Richard III" starring Kevin Spacey,“Waiting for Godot” with Ian McKellen, “The Tempest” starring Derek Jacobi, “The Hollow Crown” starring Diana Rigg, “The Graduate” starring Jerry Hall, "The Importance of Being Earnest" starring Patricia Routlege and productions of “Talking Heads” starring Maggie Smith and Brenda Blethyn.
Together with his theatrical co producing partner, Liza McClean, Andrew has produced and toured many major theatrical productions. Highlights include the 2015 World Premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's "North By NorthWest", "The Blue Room" starring Sigrid Thornton and Marcus Graham, "Masterclass" starring Amanda Muggleton, the Australian tour of "The 39 Steps" and "Secret Bridesmaids Business" starring Jacki Weaver.
AKA also presents attractions such as "Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular", the symphonic version of Monty Pythons Life of Brian "Not The Messiah" starring Eric Idle, "An Evening with Kevin McCloud", "QI Live" starring Stephen Fry and Alan Davies and "The Goodies Live" starring Tim Brooke Taylor and Graeme Garden.
In music AKA has presented artists including Kathleen Battle, Yehudi Menuhin, flamenco guitarist, Paco Pena, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Potuono and The Buena Vista Social Club as well as bands including Grimethorpe Colliery Band of the film Brassed Off. In 2015 AKA co produced the critically acclaimed acapella production Gobsmacked which had its world premier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Andrew has presented international dance companies including Pilobolus, Complexions, Le Ballet de Trockedoro de Monte Carlo as well as the Argentinian dance production "Tango Fire" which tours worldwide under the AKA/HVK banner.
Since 1996 Andrew has been the major producer of children's entertainment in Australia having produced shows and acts including "Hi-5", "Bananas in Pyjamas", "Cat in The Hat", "Giggle and Hoot", "Hairy McLairy", "The Fairies", "LazyTown", "ABC Christmas Spectaculars" "Horrible Histories- Awful Egyptians" and "Barmy Britain" as well as "We're Going on a Bear Hunt".
Andrew is President of Australia’s peak industry body for the entertainment industry, Live Performance Australia, a position he has held since 2002.