Karl Sydow


In 2020, Karl Sydow produced Sting’s The Last Ship at The Ahmanson in LA and The Golden Gate in San Francisco and in 2019 at The Princess of Wales, Toronto, following a 2018 tour of the UK and Ireland.

Recent theatre includes Noises Off (Lyric, Hammersmith & Garrick West End), The Light In The Piazza (Royal Festival Hall/LA Opera/Lyric Opera of Chicago), Toast (West End/UK tour), Sweat (Gielgud West End) Evening Standard Award Best Play, Valued Friends (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Invisible Cities with 59 Productions (Manchester International Festival/Brisbane Festival, Australia), since 2018, Alan Ayckbourn’s The Divide with The Old Vic and Edinburgh International Festival, David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of York’s Theatre, and Sketching by James Graham at Wilton’s Music Hall, as well as Red Joan, a film featuring Dame Judi Dench which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Other work in the UK includes Paul Auster’s City of Glass with 59 Productions; Sinatra: The Man and His Music, directed by David Gilmore; Backbeat directed by David Leveaux; the centennial production of Under Milk Wood directed by Terry Hands; A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson featuring Trudie Styler, directed by Max Stafford-Clark; Triptych by Edna O’Brien; Ajax (Southwark Playhouse); The Line and Jenufa (Arcola) written by Timberlake Wertenbaker; Ring Round the Moon (The Playhouse, West End). Karl has produced Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage across the UK and around the world since 2004 (Aldwych/Piccadilly, West End/UK Tours/Germany/France/Italy/ Spain/Asia/Africa/Australia); the spectacular multimedia production Sinatra at the London Palladium, directed by David Leveaux with choreography by Stephen Mear; And Then There Were None with Tara Fitzgerald (Gielgud, West End); the London and Sydney productions of Dance of Death with Sir Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, and Owen Teale; Bea Arthur at the Savoy (Savoy, West End); Auntie and Me with Alan Davies and Margaret Tyzack (Wyndham’s, West End); Michael Moore, Live! (Roundhouse); the West End premiere of Noël Coward’s Semi-Monde; Kevin Elyot’s Mouth to Mouth with Lindsay Duncan and Michael Maloney (Albery, West End); David Mamet’s Speed- the-Plow with Mark Strong, Patrick Marber, and Kimberly Williams; Drummers by Simon Bennet and Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill (winner of the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer), both directed by Max Stafford-Clark for Out of Joint; Macbeth with Rufus Sewell (Queen’s, West End); A Swell Party—A Celebration of Cole Porter (Vaudeville, West End); Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good (Olivier Award for Best Play); Hysteria (Olivier Award for Best Comedy); and an adaptation of Sue Townsend’s novel The Queen and I, which was Out of Joint’s inaugural production. With Two’s Company; Staircase, A Day By The Sea, The Fifth Column, and Bodies (Southwark Playhouse), Go Bang Your Tambourine (Finborough).

In North America, he has produced Broadway productions of The Seagull with Carey Mulligan, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Peter Sarsgaard, and American Buffalo with John Leguizamo, Backbeat directed by David Leveaux (Royal Alexandra, Toronto/Ahmanson, Los Angeles), international tours including The Last Confession with David Suchet, and Our Country’s Good the original Tony nominated Broadway production and the Out of Joint’s revival in the West End and Toronto.