The Railway Children
Based on Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of theatreland, Runaway Entertainment is an award-winning full service theatrical production company.
We produce critically acclaimed, award-winning and ambitious plays and musicals, working with the most exciting talents in the theatre industry. Having also purpose-built the 1000-seat King’s Cross Theatre, we love a challenge and are passionate about quality and innovation.
We also offer a bespoke general management service, with over 40 years combined knowledge and experience managing major West End shows and national tours throughout the UK.
In The Heights
David Bowie's Lazarus
We have the knowledge, connections and dedication to bring an exceptional and practical approach to every production, and we are always interested in forming new relationships and hearing about projects that can benefit from our expertise.
We understand that every production is different – for us, that is the joy of the industry, and we provide the highest-quality, hands on and personable service to deliver professional, ambitious, first rate shows.
Some of the services we offer:
The Railway Children
Founded by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons, Runaway Entertainment combines a dedicated team with a wealth of experience spanning both subsidised and commercial theatre, film and television.
Tristan Baker – Producer
Tristan is an Olivier award-winning theatre producer. This year The Stage named him as one of the most influential people working in the theatre industry. He set up Runaway Entertainment in 2011 with Emmy-Award winning Charlie Parsons. Tristan is a full member of SOLT.
Past productions include Producer on Some Girl I Used to Know starring Denise Van Outen (2013), Executive Producer on Water Babies at Curve, Leicester (2013), and The Last Horseman, which opened in Madrid at the Teatro del Canal (2012).
Tristan co-produced Never Forget, the musical based on the songs of Take That, which completed two major UK national tours and ran at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End (2008). He co-produced the UK premiere of Footloose: The Musical which has so far completed five UK tours, two West End seasons at the Novello and Playhouse Theatres and its first international season in Johannesburg, South Africa. A new version is currently touring the UK & Ireland.
His other productions include Bad Girls at the Garrick Theatre, the UK tour of the multi-award winning Broadway and West End production of Kiss Me Kate, a UK tour of Love Shack and the UK tour of the classic musical Calamity Jane and its subsequent season at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.
Charlie Parsons – Producer
Charlie Parsons has had a huge impact on the international media sector over the last 15 years and changed the face of television with his creative hits The Word, The Big Breakfast and the Emmy winning Survivor, with seven prime time awards.
As co-founder of one of television’s most influential production companies, Planet 24, with Bob Geldof and Lord Waheed Alli, he created and produced hundreds of ground-breaking TV programmes including The Big Breakfast and the Word. Planet 24 was an engine for change in British media and his television shows were a platform for many household names to make their reputations including Chris Evans, Gaby Roslin, Lisa Tarbuck, Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen.
He brought the first reality show to television screens with Survivor, which is being shown in over 20 editions in dozens of countries around the world and has just had its 28th series on CBS in America: Charlie is its Creator and Executive Producer. Survivor is one of Americas top TV shows, a huge hit internationally and continues to create punchy headlines with its originality and win awards globally.
Before setting up Planet 24, Charlie studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford and trained as a journalist. He worked at London Weekend Television on programmes including Network 7, which won a BAFTA award for originality. Charlie also developed and produced Never Forget, a musical with the songs of Take That which had a successful West End run with four and five star reviews before touring the country. He still writes regularly for newspapers including the Financial Times. He is also a patron of the
London Film School.
Stella Littlechild – General Manager
Isobel David – Development Producer
Laura Elmes – Production Coordinator
King's Cross Theatre
At Runaway, we pride ourselves in allowing our projects the creative time and space to grow. Drawing on our breadth of knowledge, we believe taking the time to nurture and workshop each project allows us to create exciting and compelling work with greater commercial possibilities.
We currently have an exciting and eclectic range of projects in development.
Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we will no longer be accepting unsolicited scripts. If you wish to have your work considered by our development team, please send a summary of the piece (500 words max), a script extract of no more than five pages, and up to two recorded songs from the soundtrack (where applicable) to [email protected]. We will respond with any feedback that we have, and let you know if we would like to pursue the piece further.
We cannot guarantee that any full scripts submitted to the team will be read.
Guys and Dolls
Lin-Manuel Miranda/In The Heights