Chris Key

Chris Key

Chris is an accomplished theater professional with a wealth of experience. Currently serving as the Associate Director for Leicester’s Curve Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” (UK tour, 2024), “School of Rock” (Korea, 2024), and “Les Miserables” (Korea and Japan, 2024), Chris’s expertise shines. 

He graduated with a first-class BA (Hons) from Guildford School of Acting and launched his career as an actor, featuring in noteworthy productions like “Jerry Springer the Opera” and “Les Misérables,” where he served as an alternate for the lead role of Jean Valjean. 

Transitioning into directing, Chris began as the Resident Director for the West End production of “Avenue Q” and has since made his mark as an Associate Director on numerous global hits, including “Les Misérables,” “School of Rock the Musical,” and “Miss Saigon.” 

His international reach spans America, Spain, Korea, Japan, Australia, and Mexico, with upcoming productions scheduled for Holland and South Korea in 2023. As a director, Chris has also showcased his creativity, devising and directing the new musical “Chasing Fate” at The Birmingham Hippodrome and creating a fresh production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Unmasked” for The Shiki Theatre Company in Japan.

Chris's Career

Chris trained at Guildford School of Acting and graduated with a first-class BA (Hons).

He began work as an actor and performed in numerous productions including The Beautiful GameJerry Springer the Opera as Chucky, Alice in Wonderland at The RSC and Les Misérables, in which he was an alternate to the lead role of Jean Valjean.

He began his directing career as Resident Director on the West End production of Avenue Q and has since worked extensively as an Associate Director both in the UK and Worldwide on productions such as Les Misérables, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, School of Rock the Musical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as another Cameron Mackintosh blockbuster, Miss Saigon.

Chris has been Associate Director for productions of Les Misérables in America, Spain, Korea, Japan, Australia and Mexico and Holland. 

As a director, Chris devised and directed a new musical Chasing Fate at The Birmingham Hippodrome and last year created a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Unmasked for The Shiki Theatre Company in Japan.

Chris’s current projects involve the production and international touring of several high-profile musicals:

“Wizard of Oz” is touring the UK, offering a fresh take on the classic story with innovative staging.

“Les Misérables” is captivating audiences in Korea and is set to debut in Japan later this year, showcasing its powerful narrative and music across Asia.

“School of Rock” has expanded from Korea to an International Tour, celebrating music’s transformative power.

For all enquiries regarding directing work, please contact Michael Garrett at Global Artists here.