October 2013: 1640 Theatre Productions unveil their new look website.
October 2013: West End Dreams series of shows launched for 2014.
October 2013: Fantastic audience turnout for Sunday Night Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
September 2013: Sunday Night Live performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre is postponed.
February 2013: Sunday Night Live performs a second show the indigO2 at The O2.
February 2013: We have to postpone the March 2013 production of Sunday Night Live until May.
December 2012: Sunday Night Live moves to the indigO2 at The O2 for the first time.
September 2012: The Berkshire Office closes and relocates to the seaside in Essex!!
April 2012: Discussions begin for some exciting shows later in the year in London!!
February 2012: The new owners promise to restore the production company back to its former glory.
January 2012: 1640 Productions Limited sadly close their Academies and sell the Production company.
January 2012: The new year sees the return of the Sunday Night Live series of shows with an even better deal for troupes.
December 2011: The Kelly Shirley School of Dance win our first Showstoppers: West End Challenge Grand Final.
October 2011: Gina Beck agrees to appear in our December Showstoppers Grand Final
June 2011: We finally get up to speed with Twitter and Facebook. Apparently we now need you to Like and Follow us too!!!
May 2011: The website takes on a whole new feel, and is given a dynamic makeover.
March 2011: Rachael Taylor joins the board as Academy Operations Director. Her new role now involves the day to day running of the Academy operation
March 2011: Tony Story joins the board as Creative Director, and now leads the development of the proposed regional shows.
March 2011: 1640 Productions completes the takeover of Star EFX Limited.
December 2010: We would like to wish all our customers, suppliers, students, and friends a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year!
December 2010: Classes are now closed for the Christmas & New Year period. We will resume classes on Saturday 8th January 2011.
November 2010: Poor ticket sales force the cancellation of the December Gala Performance.
September 2010: Anamal Dance Company win the trophy for ‘Best Troupe Performance’, and Jenn Dewar wins for ‘Best Principal Performance’ in the first Showstoppers West End Challenge.
July 2010: High profile performers are invited to appear in the December gala production.
July 2010: The December charity gala receives a boost, as Andrew Lloyd Webber waives the costs for Her Majesty’s Theatre and the rehearsal space.
July 2010: Auditions are a huge success for the first ever Showstoppers: West End Challenge.
July 2010: The Samantha Dixon Brain Tumour Trust is officially adopted as our chosen charity.
June 2010: Rags To Riches is selected to appear in the National All Winners Festival in Thurrock on the 28th July 2010.
June 2010: A host of current West End performers pledge support for the gala performance in December,
June 2010: The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumor Trust accept Darren’s invitation to raise money and awareness to this awful disease.
June 2010: West End: Showstoppers is advertised and develops into a competition event.
May 2010: 1640 Productions announce their intention to stage an big charity event in December.
January 2010: Darren is delighted to announce the launch of the new Showtime Elite classes, aimed exclusively at the over 18’s.
January 2010: Snow forces the cancellation of the Academy classes. The first time a class has not gone ahead in its 10 year history!!
January 2010: The 1640 Productions website gets a long overdue update and colourful makeover.
November 2009: The Academy are given permission to be the first amateur theatre group to perform a two act musical version of Richard Roberts Rags to Riches.
October 2009: Darren receives a nomination for ‘Best Sound’ for his work on the musical adaptation of Richard Roberts book Rags to Riches.
August 2009: Open auditions to be held for new Academy students wanting to take part in Little Shop of Horrors
August 2009: 1640 Productions finally get the go ahead for their December production and can reveal it will be Little Shop of Horrors.
July 2009: 1640 Productions launch their new scenery hire division and make the High School Musical 2 set available nationwide.
July 2009: Another amazing performance by the Academy students in a production of Disney’s High School Musical 2.
June 2009: 1640 Productions announce the launch of the Wee-
April 2009: Academy students wow the audience in the West End with superb routines from Cats, Hairspray and Sweet Charity.
April 2009: 1640 Productions make online ticket and merchandise purchasing live on their website.
February 2009: 1640 Productions secure the rights to stage High School Musical 2 at the Magna Carta Arts Centre in July.
January 2009: Students prepare for another performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End!!
December 2008: Back To The 80’s is a huge success at Magna Carta Arts Centre.
November 2008: Darren takes over as sound engineer for KVODS production of Sweeney Todd.
October 2008: Darren is head of sound for the Comedy Awards at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
September 2008: The Academy relocates to The Bishop Wand CofE School in Sunbury on Thames. The new facilites are amazing.
April 2008: Back To The 80’s is announced as the Shepperton Academy’s December 2008 show at the Magna Carta Art Centre
April 2008: Rehearsals begin for the appearance in Star EFX’s Sunday Night Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre in June 2008.
April 2008: Record audiences witness sensational performances of Disney’s High School Musical at Magna Carta Arts Centre
January 2008: Tears of happiness and disappointment as the castings for High School Musical are announced.
December 2007: Disco Inferno takes Staines by storm. Both morning and afternoon Academy classes give stunning performances.
August 2007: 1640 Productions secure the performance rights to produce High School Musical in Staines at the beginning of April 2008.
August 2007: 1640 Productions team up with former West End sound operator for Les Miserables & Phantom of The Opera, Richie Douse, to lauch their new event management business.
July 2007: 1640 Productions launch their brand new website. It is now much easier to navigate and packed with more information than before.
June 2007: Shepperton Academy students thrill the audiences at Woking with their superb recital of Calamity Jane.