Producer Paul Coxwell charged with fraud

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Paul Coxwell, the one-time West End producer turned regional theatre operator also known as Paul Parker, has been charged with fraud and repeatedly breaching an order preventing him from serving as a company director.

The charges follow an investigation by The Stage, which revealed that Parker – who was working at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough in late 2010 – was in fact Coxwell, using a new name and potentially operating in breach of a ban that meant he was not allowed to serve as a company director.

Coxwell/Parker has now been charged with three offences relating to section 13 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act in relation to three separate companies – IQ Global Partners Ltd, StageLive (Peterborough) Ltd and StageLive Group Ltd.

In each case, he is charged with acting as a director, being “directly or indirectly concerned” or taking part in the promotion, formation or management of the company, while being disqualified from doing so. The charges relate to alleged offences during 2010/11.

The single charge of fraud – specifically relating to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 – relates to activities over a period between 2009 and 2011, and is in relation to “untrue and misleading” information published on IQ Global’s website.

Coxwell had previously been involved in a proposed West End version of Some Like It Hot and the early stages of a West End production of Underneath the Lintel.

He is a former recipient of the Stage One/Society of London Theatre new producers bursary.

Coxwell re-emerged in the industry in 2010, working at the 1,200-seat Broadway Theatre in Peterborough. After a stint running the venue, he left, with the Broadway closing soon after in August 2011.

The theatre announced in August that it would reopen this month under new management, with a season of work produced by Bill Kenwright Ltd, including productions of Evita and Cabaret.

Parker/Coxwell is scheduled to make his first appearance at Peterborough Magistrates Court later this month.