PAUL VIRIDES PRODUCTIONS
Paul Virides Productions is a London-based theatre producing company. It was formed in 2015 as Shrapnel Theatre, initially to produce the 25th London anniversary production of Jim Cartwright's Two, launching the Above the Arts studio space in the West End, and has gone on to produce new writing and revivals in London, New York and around the UK.
PVP's most recent production is the world premiere of Christopher J Orton and Jon Robyns' original musical Then, Now & Next at Southwark Playhouse Borough, starring Alice Fearn and directed by Julie Atherton.
As well as producing work, PVP provides general management and consultancy services to producers around the UK, as well as international producers bringing productions to the stage in Britain. Recent clients include Wildpark Entertainment, TBD Theatricals, and Joy Productions.
PVP was one of the creators of a huge live, online event, All the Web's a Stage on 23rd April 2020, soon after theatres were closed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event coincided with Shakespeare's birthday and the date that theatre censorship was ended in the 18th century - the last extended shutdown of theatres in the UK. ATWAS featured performances from scores of artists across a wide range of live performance disciplines, including West End performers, international cabaret artists, and up and coming emerging artists.
Paul has worked as a producer of theatre and live events since 2011, where he cut his teeth as producer for TakeOver Festival for York Theatre Royal in summer 2012. After leaving York, he took his first show to Edinburgh, and on returning home to London, joined Hartshorn - Hook Productions as their associate producer.
With Hartshorn - Hook, Paul associate produced, general managed or assisted on the general management of dozens of productions, including Rotterdam (Olivier Award for Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre - Theatre503; Trafalgar Studios; 59E59 Theaters, New York; Arts Theatre); Away From Home (national and international tour); tribute shows to The Rat Pack and The Blues Brothers which played in the West End, Edinburgh, and the Seychelles; American Idiot (Arts Theatre); and Richard II (House of Commons and Arcola).
Paul left Hartshorn - Hook in 2016, joining Iris Theatre as marketing manager for their 2017 summer season at the historic St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, where they presented an annual site-specific, semi-immersive season of outdoor theatre. His role there rolled over into the company's indoor concerts that Christmas, and then productions through 2018. He left Iris in October 2018 to focus on running PVP, but returned in summer 2019, initially as interim senior producer, and then as executive director and joint CEO from autumn 2019 to August 2020 alongside artistic director Paul-Ryan Carberry.
Alongside PVP, Paul is also associate general manager for David Adkin Limited. With DAL, Paul has worked on the general management of a wide range of productions off-West End, as well as multiple projects in development.
Shrapnel Theatre was created in 2015 by Paul with playwright Isla van Tricht, and between 2015-17 produced four of her plays. Following the New York transfer of her play Underground in 2017, Isla left the company to focus on her writing projects. Shrapnel became Paul Virides Productions in October 2018.
For a full list of previous PVP / Shrapnel Theatre productions, click here.