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Tarek Merchant – Musical Supervisor

Tarek holds a Starred First Class Degree in Music from the University of York and a further First Class Degree in Actor-Musicianship from Rose Bruford College. His professional work entails a combination of performance, composition and musical direction credits. Tarek is an Associate Artist of the Watermill Theatre.

Musical Direction (on stage/ performance) credits include: Sweeny Todd (Liverpool Everyman), Don Quixote (West End for RSC/ Nimax Theatres), Pericles (National Theatre), Miss Littlewood (RSC), The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC), Our Town, (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Extra Yarn (Orange Tree Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Gulliver’s Travels (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep/Stratford East), Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic), The Wind in the Willows (The Lowry), Merlin and the Woods of Time, As You Like It (both Grosvenor Park), Chess (Ass. MD, Michael Harrison Productions), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Arabian Nights (Watermill Theatre), Twelfth Night (The Works Theatre Co.) and Sunset Boulevard (Watermill Theatre & Comedy Theatre, West End).

Theatre (as Performer) includes: The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre), Sonnet Walk (Shakespeare’s Globe), Larisa and the Merchants (Arcola Theatre), The Tempest (Watermill Theatre), Close the Coalhouse Door (Northern Stage & BBC Radio 4), The Poor Soldier (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Oh What a Lovely War! (Northern Stage), The Good Soul of Szechuan (Manchester Library Theatre), Into the Woods (Greenwich Theatre).

Composition credits include: Can’t Wait for Christmas! (& Musical Director) (Orange Tree Theatre), Arabian Nights (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The BorrowersSleeping Beauty (also Musical Director & both Watermill Theatre), Britian’s Best Recruiting Sergeant (Unicorn Theatre), Big in Samoa (BBC Radio 4), The Salsa Sisters, The Making of Ali and Nino (both Youth Music Theatre UK).

Musical Director credits: Anita and Me (tour).

Radio includes: Big in Samoa and Close the Coalhouse Door for BBC Radio 4.