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Thomas Schumacher in conversation at BAFTA

Time Out is giving cardholders the exclusive opportunity to be part of an in-conversation event with Thomas Schumacher, the President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions.

By Heather Varley
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Time Out is extending to its cardholders the exclusive opportunity to be part of an in-conversation event with Thomas Schumacher, the President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions. This one-off event will take place at BAFTA's headquarters in London's Piccadilly on Friday October 21 from 7pm. It will be introduced by Time Out film editor, Dave Calhoun.

The creative producer behind some of the biggest hits on Broadway and the West End, including ‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Mary Poppins’, Thomas Schumacher guides the development, creation and execution of all Disney's stage productions.  

Under his direction, Disney Theatrical has become one of the most successful theatre producers in the world, garnering Olivier, Tony, and Evening Standard Awards and reaching an audience of 140 million theatregoers worldwide. Passionate about theatre from an early age, Tom is currently developing the stage adaptation of the Academy-Award®-winning film Frozen, scheduled to open on Broadway in 2018. 

Before his stage successes, he was a key player in the renaissance of Disney animation in the 1990s and early 2000s. In his years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he served as President from 1999-2003, he oversaw some 21 animated features including The Lion King, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Hercules, Lilo and Stitch  as well as working closely with Pixar on their first five films.

Cardholders can join us for this rare opportunity to hear one of the most successful producers of musical theatre and feature animation on the extraordinary challenges, risks and rewards of developing much loved titles from the screen to the stage.                                                               

This lively, unscripted one-hour conversation and Q&A session will be followed by a screening of ‘Harold and Maude’ (1971).  This quirky, unsung American independent film from acclaimed director Hal Ashby was selected for the occasion by Schumacher, a lifelong and passionate fan of the film. 

 

 

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