Bill Taylor recently left the Really Useful Group. He was chief executive there from 1997 to 2005, having previously been CFO from 1990 to 1997.
Taylor will be responsible for "the development and production of theatre and other live entertainment content in the U.K. and U.S. as well as seeking to acquire related and complimentary entertainment businesses and properties." He will also be responsible for bringing Stage Entertainment's existing business operations and productions into U.K. and U.S. markets.
Stage Entertainment President and Founder Joop van den Ende said in a prepared statement: "We are delighted that Bill is joining us and I am certain his experience and reputation in the theatre and entertainment industry will enable Stage Entertainment to have a major presence in London and New York, the two theatre capitals of the world."
Bill Taylor said in a prepared statement: "Stage Entertainment is renowned around the world for the professional and first class quality of its productions and operations and is the predominant theatrical producer and venue owner in continental Europe. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Stage Entertainment to establish its businesses in the UK and U.S."
Joop van den Ende's Stage Holding company was known in New York theatre circles for its long producing partnership with Dodger Theatricals, which resulted in such shows as 42nd Street, Into the Woods, Titanic and Dracula. The two companies parted ways in 2004.