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Adam Blanshay Productions to bring French work to the UK and ‘bridge the divide post-Brexit’

Edward Johnson and Adam Blanshay of Adam Blanshay Productions. Photo: Michele Dernis Edward Johnson and Adam Blanshay of Adam Blanshay Productions. Photo: Michele Dernis
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Producer Adam Blanshay has launched his own company to focus on bringing French works to the UK, in a bid to “temper the divide post-Brexit”.

Blanshay told The Stage that Adam Blanshay Productions had a mandate to “bring over more French work” translated into English, and revealed he had already set up partnerships with theatres including the Birmingham Rep and the Park Theatre in London.

His first major project will be the musical Notre Dame de Paris, which, as previously announced, will run at the London Coliseum in French with English subtitles.

Notre Dame de Paris to be staged at London Coliseum in 2019

“I grew up in French Canada. As an anglophone speaking French, I have an affinity for the French language,” he said, adding: “I have a lot of French-interest projects in development that I hope will temper the divide post-Brexit.”

He added that he and his partners in the UK and France were “working strategically to find the best way of moving forward” in light of Brexit and added: “I think it will encourage people to think creativity and will hopefully drive further appetite for work coming from the continent.”

Joining Blanshay are associate producer Edward Johnson and producing assistant Jonathan Brindley. Blanshay said Brindley had a background in general-managing shows, which he added was an area he was keen for Adam Blanshay Productions to move into. The company will co-general-manage the London run of Notre Dame de Paris and its forthcoming work with the Park Theatre.

“We are really trying to develop our multifaceted-ness,” he said.