Denise Silvey has combined being a producer with being an actress, and is currently the Production Supervisor of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage show in the world, which is now in its 64th year. She began her career twenty-five years ago as an actress and singer in film, theatre, television and radio, before moving into production and general management. Denise founded Cahoots Theatre Company in 1993 while on tour with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. In 1999 Cahoots produced the West End revival of Maltby and Shire’s STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Denise was subsequently appointed Artistic Associate of the theatre and went on to produce the musical SNAP and the play SICK DICTATORS directed by James Bolam, and to co-produce the play HIGH SPIRITS WITH BALLANTRAE at the Bridewell Theatre.
In 2003 she set up a successful cabaret season at the Oxo Tower in London with performers such as ‘Kit and the Widow’, Sian Phillips and the Broadway star Sally Mayes. In 2004 Denise received the Stage One New Producers Bursary enabling her to take the comedy THE TRANSLUCENT FROGS OF QUUUP by Chris Larner to the Edinburgh Festival where it won ‘Best New Musical’ and transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre and then later to the King’s Head Theatre. During the same year while working for the production company Fiery Angel she took Fascinating Aida to New York for the initial Brits off Broadway season at the 59E59 Theatres. While there she formed a co-production with the New York based Godlight Company and brought their highly successful A CLOCKWORK ORANGE to Edinburgh for a sell-out season. During the same year she also produced Rain Pryor in her one woman show at the Edinburgh Festival followed by a sell-out season at the Jazz Club Soho.
In 2009 Denise general managed a successful tour of THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. In 2011 she toured the one-man show DON’T CALL ME NIGEL…AN EVENING WITH GRAHAM SEED. 2014 brought a co-production of the two sell out shows BURTON and CLOWN IN THE MOON, both of which transferred to the St. James’ Theatre.
Most recently Cahoots has produced DEAD SHEEP and AN AUDIENCE WITH JIMMY SAVILE, with Alistair McGowan, both written by journalist, Jonathan Maitland at Park Theatre and THE MAN CALLED MONKHOUSE, WILDE WITHOUT THE BOY, RAPE OF LUCRECE and HURRICANE MICHAEL at the Edinburgh Festival.
In 2016 Cahoots produced THE ROUNDABOUT by JB Priestley at Park Theatre, DENY DENY DENY by Jonathan Maitland, also at Park Theatre, and the National tour of DEAD SHEEP.
In 2017 DEAD SHEEP will go out on a second National tour and THE ROUNDABOUT is heading for New York to be part of the BRITS OFF BROADWAY Festival at the59E59 Theater.
In 2016, Andrew Mills, General Manager for Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, is joining forces with Cahoots to further develop the production company.
Andrew started his career within the industry in 1989 at the Savoy Theatre.
Since that time he has worked within General Management, Producing, Theatre Management and Ticketing.
In addition to his role at Cahoots Theatre Company he is currently the General Manager for Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen overseeing the World’s Longest Running Show, The Mousetrap, along with the Management of the St Martin’s & Ambassadors Theatres.
Along the way, he has been the General Manager of the Victoria Palace for 10 years and has co-produced two shows; an Australian comedy, Lipstick Dreams, along with Leader of the Pack, The Ellie Greenwich Musical at the Duke of York's Theatre.
He is currently chair of the Society of Box Office Managers and sat on the board of the Victoria Business Improvement District from its inception for 6 years.
Anna began her professional working career behind television cameras for companies including BBC, ITV, SKY and C4 working her way up to her current role of producer.
In 2007 however she took a sabbatical from TV production and trained as an actress at The Oxford School of Drama. Since graduation she has worked on both stage, for companies including the RSC and screen for BBC and ITV.
Not wanting to sit still for too long, Anna joined Cahoots Theatre Company in early 2016 and has enjoyed working on their many projects as assistant to Denise.
Today Anna enjoys a happy juggle between all three of these worlds.
Marketing & Communications
Emma graduated in 2009 with a Theatre & Performances Studies degree from the University of Warwick. She started working as Marketing Officer for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in 2010, becoming Marketing Manager in 2012 and moving to the role of Head of Department in 2014. Emma then went on to work as Marketing Manager for Tara Arts and Black Theatre Live from November 2015 – November 2016 as strategic lead on marketing and Box Office for the reopening of the new Tara Theatre.
Emma is now working as a freelance Arts Marketing consultant and manager on strategy development, tour marketing, branding and digital strategy and implementation for producing companies. Currently working with Cahoots Theatre Company, Original Theatre Company and The Production Exchange amongst others.
Over the last 7 years she has worked on 10 national tours including Mansfield Park, Three Men In A Boat, Invincible, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl and Hamlet.
Work with Cahoots Theatre Company includes The Roundabout, Dead Sheep and Deny, Deny, Deny.
Emma is also the co-founder of East Anglian based company The Keeper’s Daughter and the board marketing representative for Metta Theatre.