Christine Cartwright (known as Chrissie Cartwright, officially Christine Langham) is an English director, choreographer and former dancer who has been involved in many different productions of Cats since 1986.
After having received her training at Pattison College in Coventry, Chrissie could be seen in the London casts of Billy, Evita (original cast), Irene, Barnum and Blondel. Her television credits include films like There's Something Wrong in Paradise and shows like The Stanley Baxter Show and The Morecambe and Wise Show as well as three Royal Command Performances. Her film credits include Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Doom, Lassiter and The Great Muppet Caper.
She choreographed and directed musicals like The Art of Noise, Mack and Mabel (Original London production), Annie, Matilda and Sherlock Holmes - the Musical. For television, she directed Kiss me Kate and Alas Smith and Jones.
Chrissie Cartwright was the assistant to Charles Augins for different productions of Five Guys Named Moe and to Gillian Lynne for Cats and The Likes of Us (Sydmonton). She worked as the Resident director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Sister Act as well as the children's director of Mary Poppins.
In 1986, Gillian Lynne made Chrissie Cartwright her new assistant in the London production of Cats. She was the artistic co-ordinator and resident director of this production until its end in 2002. During this time, she also recreated the direction and choreography for the first and second UK tour and for the Belgian premiere in Antwerp. In 1997, she was Gillian Lynne's assistant for the video adaption.
After the London production had closed in 2002, Chrissie Cartwright recreated the original staging of Cats for the new Berlin production. Since then, she has been responsible for almost every production of Cats in Europe: the third UK Tour (2003), Madrid (2003), Düsseldorf (2004), Moscow (2005), the German tour (2005), the Dutch tour (2006), the German tent tour (2010) and the fourth UK Tour (2013). She's also responsible for the new Royal Carribian cruise ship productions of the show on the Oasis of the Seas.
In 2010, Christine directed a production for the Arts Educational Schools in London.
Productions involved Edit
London - 1986-2002 - Artistic Co-ordinator
UK Tour I - 1989-1990 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Zürich - 1991-1993 - Consultant
UK Tour II - 1993-1995 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Antwerp - 1996 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Film version - 1997 - Assistant Choreographer
Berlin - 2002-2004 - Associate Director/Choreographer
UK Tour III - 2003-2009 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Madrid - 2003-2005 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Düsseldorf - 2004-2005 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Moscow - 2004-2006 - Associate Director/Choreographer
German Tour - 2005-2006 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Dutch Tour - 2006-2007 - Associate Director/Choreographer
German Tent Tour - 2010-2013 - Associate Director/Choreographer
UK Tour IV - 2013-2014 - Associate Director/Choreographer
Oasis of the Seas - 2014 - Associate Director/Choreographer
London - 2014-2015 - Assistant Director & Choreographer to Trevor Nunn & Gillian Lynne
Paris - 2015-2016 - Associate Director/Choreographer
UK Tour V / Europe Tour - Associate Director/Choreographer
Broadway - 2016 - Associate Director/Choreographer