Raised in London, England
Saw first stage musical "Salad Days"; decided then to be a producer
Hired as stage manager for British touring production of "Oliver!"; also appeared in the chorus
Made debut as producer with "Anything Goes" in London; production flopped and temporarily ended producing career
Resumed career as producer with "Trelawney"
Had first international success with the revue "Side by Side by Sondheim"; show first staged in London before transferring to Broadway
Produced a successful London revival of "Oliver!" that ran for nearly three years
Collaborated with Tom Lehrer on "Tomfoolery"
Teamed with Andrew Lloyd Webber to co-produce "Cats" in London
"Cats" produced on Broadway; in June 1997, became longest-running musical in Broadway history
Co-produced the hit off-Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors"
Served as producer of the stage musical "Les Misérables" with a musical score by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg; transferred to Broadway 1987
With Lloyd Webber, co-produced "The Phantom of the Opera" in London; also co-produced the 1988 Broadway version
Produced the Boublil-Schonberg musical "Miss Saigon"; also the 1991 Broadway version
Established endowment at Oxford for a visiting professor of contemporary theatre; visiting fellows have included Stephen Sondheim and Sir Richard Attenborough
Had another stage success with revival of "Carousel"; staged in NYC 1994
Produced another successful revival of "Oliver!"
Served as one of the producers of "Les Misérables in Concert," a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the show; filmed as a video and broadcast in U.S. on PBS
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the theater
Produced the first version of Boublil-Schonberg's "Martin Guerre"; show has twice been revised
Subject of a one-night tribute "Hey, Mr. Producer!"; filmed for broadcast and shown on PBS in U.S.
Returned to Broadway as presenter of Matthew Bourne's version of "Swan Lake"
Closed Australian branch of his operation
Produced televised Sondheim tribute "Putting It Together"
Staged West End revival of the musical "Hair" in London's Gielgud Theatre
Produced "Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary" at London's O2 Arena; aired on PBS in U.S.
Co-produced feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper; all-star cast included Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe