Today, one of, or even the biggest, theatre producers in the world is turning 72! It’s Cameron Mackintosh’s birthday (17 October) so to celebrate, we’re going to share some little-known but fascinating facts about the theatre giant.
1. He shares his birthday with a couple of other thespians
17 October is a day for winners! Not only is today Cameron’s birthday, but it’s also the birthday of actor, director, writer and Olivier Award-winner Mark Gatiss, as well as Tony Award-winning director and actor David Cromer whose latest work, The Band’s Visit, dominated the 2018 Tony Awards. That’s a hell of a lot of theatre greatness, right there.
2. He worked his way up from the bottom
Cameron didn’t start out on top. In fact, he was in the wings for some years. As a teenager, he took on the role of stagehand at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He went on to become an assistant stage manager on touring productions before producing some touring shows. By the 1970s, he started producing London shows but his career didn’t start to soar into the stratosphere until his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Cats in 1981.
3. Cameron Mackintosh’s partner is Michael Le Poer Trench
He met the Australian-born theatre photographer while working on Oklahoma! in Adelaide in 1982. The couple split their time between their London, Somerset and West Highland homes.
4. He’s not the only producer in the family
His younger brother Robert Mackintosh is also a theatre producer. In recent years, he’s produced McQueen and Tell Me On A Sunday in the West End.
5. Cameron Mackintosh’s net worth is over £1 billion!
Earlier this year, it was estimated that the theatre Goliath’s net worth is £1.05 billion. The 2018 Sunday Times Rich List stated that he is ranked as the 119th wealthiest individual in the UK, making him the wealthiest man in theatre (prior to Len Blavatnik’s purchase of the Theatre Royal, Haymarket).
However, it’s worth remembering that his wealth is wrapped up in multiple productions around the world, as well as many theatres in London.
6. So far, Cameron Mackintosh has produced 38 shows
In addition to Cats, Cameron has been responsible for some of the biggest shows in the world. Not long after Cats, he produced Les Misérables, currently the longest-running musical in the world. He has also produced The Phantom Of The Opera, Kinky Boots, and Hamilton – all currently running in the West End.
His other hits include Half A Sixpence, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, Carousel, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Follies, Oliver!, Little Shop Of Horrors, and My Fair Lady.
7. Eight West End theatres are owned and operated by Delfont Mackintosh
Delfont Mackintosh is owned by Sir Mackintosh and it runs eight of the major West End theatre. The Gielgud, Noël Coward, Novello, Prince Edward, Prince Of Wales, Queen’s, Victoria Palace and Wyndham’s theatres are all part of the Cam Mac family.