Peter Austin was one of theatre’s unsung backroom stars as manager of West End venue the Prince Edward Theatre and administrator of Littlestar, the production company founded by producers Judy Craymer and Richard East and Abba songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
After a spell with the English National Opera in the early 1980s – during which he appeared in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Handel’s Xerxes and Puccini’s Madam Butterfly – he worked briefly at the Theatre Museum in London’s Covent Garden and front of house at the Fortune Theatre.
In 1993, he joined the Prince Edward Theatre as performance duty manager and was appointed general manager in 1999, remaining in the position until 2002.
He joined Littlestar in 2002 as its administrator, a post he held until his death. During his tenure, the company greatly expanded its international reach, overseeing productions of Mamma Mia! in more than 50 countries and the first Western musical to be translated into Mandarin for a tour of China in 2011. He also played a key role in the show’s first UK tour in 2016.
Peter Austin was born Peter Brough on April 2, 1947, and died on July 1, aged 70.