Anthony Van Laast CBE
Anthony trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the Company as both performer and choreographer.
Direction & Staging:
EFX starring Michael Crawford (MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas); Seigfried and Roy (The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas); Burn The Floor (world arena tour); Extravaganza for Holiday On Ice (world arena tour); Song and Dance (worldwide - Green Room award Australia); Candide (Old Vic - Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical); Chess (UK and European tours); Carmen Jones (London); The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Australian and USA tours); Barry Humphries' Look at Me When I'm Talking to You (UK tour); Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Celebration (Albert Hall) and Kiri Te Kanawa's 50th Birthday Concert (Albert Hall).
Theatre: Mamma Mia (London & Toronto); Whistle Down the Wind (London); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour & New York - Tony award nomination); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (worldwide - Laurence Olivier award nomination); Blondel; The Hired Man (London); Radio Times (London); Annie Get Your Gun (London); A Little Night Music (London); Hair (London - Laurence Olivier award nomination); Into The Woods (London); My Fair Lady (US tour) and The Boy From OZ (Australia). For the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Maid's Tragedy; Peer Gynt; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Camille; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Beggar's Opera (Laurence Olivier award nomination)
Concerts: Elaine Paige, Sarah Brightman, Wayne Sleep, Kate Bush, Cleo Laine Opera/Operetta: The Mikado (English National Opera); The King Goes Forth To France (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); The Pirates of Penzance (D'Oyly Carte); Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci (Di Staatsoper, Berlin) and A Midsummer Marriage (Thames)
Television: Several Royal Theatre Performances and Children's Royal Variety Performances; HRH The Queen Mother's 90th Birthday; Absolutely Fabulous; The Two Ronnies, Bluebell and the award winning Hot Shoe Show.
Film: Sex Pistols' Great Rock and Roll Swindle; Who Dares Wins; Princess Caraboo, Never Say Never Again, Excalibur; Hope and Glory; Jesus Christ Superstar; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
In 1999 Anthony was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to dance and choreography.
Grand council: Grand Council Member