A SHORT HISTORY OF CRUICKSHANK CAZENOVE
Cruickshank Cazenove is a talent agency representing directors, designers and choreographers working in theatre and opera, dance and ballet, film and television.
It was originally founded in 1970 by Harriet Cruickshank and Christopher Cazenove to allow those with modest sums to invest in West End shows. Among the productions they backed were Three Months Gone by Donald Howarth with Diane Dors, How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn, and the original London production of Company music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with Elaine Stritch. In 1983, Cruickshank Cazenove was re-founded in its current form as a talent agency.
We have over 30 years experience of creative collaboration with theatre & dance companies, opera & ballet houses, and film and tv productions all over the world.
Harriet received an ACE bursary to train in arts administration where secondments included the RSC and Ed Berman’s Interaction and was a member of the Drama Panel for 3 years. She was the General Manager of the Citizens and Close Theatres in Glasgow and was the first administrator of the Scottish Arts Council’s visual arts centre the CCA. She worked at the Royal Court Theatre on three occasions – first as Helen Montague’s assistant when Lindsay Anderson, Anthony Page and Bill Gaskell were the artistic directors; later as General Manager of the Theatre Upstairs when Nicholas Wright was artistic director there, and Assistant General Manager of the Theatre Downstairs; and finally as the press and publicity manager when Stuart Burge and Max Stafford Clark were artistic directors. Her colleagues elected her onto the board of the English Stage Company, a position she held for 20 years, and she now sits on the board of Royal Court Theatre Productions Limited. While at the Court, she worked on the original productions of The Unseen Hand by Sam Shepard, Not I and Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, The Changing Room by David Storey, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead by Winston Ntshona, Athol Fugard and John Kani and The Rocky Horror Show. She is one of the founders of the Alfred Fagon Award and, with Nick Hern and Rob Ritchie, she pioneered selling playtexts as programmes at the Royal Court, a practice that now extends to many other theatres in London and around the country.
At university Day wrote and performed comedy with Ed Weeks and was privileged to work alongside the likes of Tom Basden, Phillip Breen, John Finnemore, Stefan Golaszewski, Sam Hodges and Dan Stevens and was part of the Cambridge Footlights show Far Too Happy which was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival. His first job in theatre was as an usher for Caryl Churchill's A Number at the Royal Court Theatre where he went on to work in the Press & Marketing Department before moving to the Almeida Theatre as the Production Assistant. Between 2005 and 2015 he worked at the BBC where he was a Strategy Advisor; a script editor on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and BBC Four's We Need Answers with Tim Key, Mark Watson and Alex Horne; and part of the launch team for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show at Radio 2.