Andrew Kay and Associates
Andrew Kay and Associates Pty Ltd is an international theatre Producer and concert Promoter based in Melbourne, Australia.
ABOUT ANDREW KAY AM
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, then as General Manager of Australia’s major theatre company (Melbourne Theatre Company) before finally becoming a commercial theatre producer and concert promoter.
In 1996, Andrew and his co-producer Jim McPherson, presented the extraordinary world tour of pianist David Helfgott whose life was depicted in the film Shine. In 2003, with David Vigo (dec) and Clifford Hocking AM (dec), he created and continues to present Soweto Gospel Choir, four-time Grammy winners, an Emmy winner and an Academy Award nominee.
Together with his theatrical co-producer Liza McLean, Andrew produced the world premier of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” and has toured productions including the Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy production of "Richard III" starring Kevin Spacey, “Waiting for Godot” starring Ian McKellen, and “The Graduate” starring Jerry Hall. Andrew has also presented international productions “The Hollow Crown” starring Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Ian Richardson and Donald Sindon,"The Importance of Being Earnest" starring Patricia Routlege and “Talking Heads” starring Dame Maggie Smith and Brenda Blethyn. In Australia, Andrew has produced and toured "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. Since 1996, Andrew has been one of the major producers of children's theatre including "Hi-5", "Bananas in Pyjamas", "Cat in The Hat", "Giggle and Hoot", "Hairy Maclary", "The Fairies", "LazyTown", "ABC Christmas Spectaculars" "Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians" and "Barmy Britain", "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". Most recently he has produced the very popular “Dan TDM Live”, “Operation Ouch Live” and Steve Backshall’s “Deadly 60 Live”.
In music, Andrew has presented artists of renown including Kathleen Battle, Yehudi Menuhin, Wynton Marsalis, flamenco guitarist, Paco Pena, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Potuondo and The Buena Vista Social Club and Nigel Kennedy performing his ground breaking Vivaldi: the New Four Seasons, as well as the brass bands: Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Austria’s Mnozil Brass.
In 2015, Andrew co-created the critically acclaimed a cappella production, Gobsmacked which had its’ world premier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In dance, Andrew produced and tours the world’s most acclaimed Tango show “Tango Fire” which has had two sell-out seasons in New York and seven sell-out seasons in London. Other dance companies toured by Andrew include “Pilobolus”, “Complexions” and “Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo”.
Other attractions and artists presented by Andrew include "QI Live" starring Stephen Fry and Alan Davies, the symphonic version of Monty Python’s Life of Brian "Not The Messiah" starring Eric Idle, "An Evening with Kevin McCloud", "The Goodies Live" starring Tim Brooke Taylor and Graeme Garden and “Louis Theroux Live on Stage”. Since 2003 Andrew has had the honour of serving as President of Australia’s peak industry body for the entertainment industry, Live Performance Australia. In 2016, Andrew Kay was awarded the Order of Australia for significant service to the entertainment industry.