Stephen Chance

Stephen trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has appeared in a wide variety of theatre productions, most recently as Robert in Boeing Boeing at the English Theatre of Hamburg, as Sartorius in a tour of Shaw’s Widowers’ Houses and as Vinnie in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico at The Tabard Theatre, London.

Television appearances include Genius: Einstein (National Geographic), The Crown (Netflix), Castles in the Sky (BBC), Genie in the House (Nickelodeon) and The Bill (ITV). Feature films include Kill Keith (Metrodome), The Shadow Within (Intandem Films), The Haunting of Radcliffe House (Great Point Media), Gallipoli: End of the Road (Warner Bros.), Cobra Spy (Velocity Films) and Me Before You (MGM).


Stephen has played Sherlock Holmes on stage twice previously: in The Hound of the Baskervilles and in The Final Problem. He has also played C. Auguste Dupin - widely acknowledged as a precursor to Holmes - in an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue.

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Theatre credits include See How They Run (York Theatre Royal), The Merchant of Venice (The Rose Theatre), All Men Are... (Riverside Studios Hammersmith), The Comedy Of Errors (Antic Disposition), The Scandalous Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Tabard Theatre), Twelfth Night (Wimbledon Theatre), Pericles (The Rose Theatre), Saint Joan (Shaw Theatre); The Way Of The World (Imperial Productions, The Court Theatre), Pride 

& Prejudice (Regional Theatre Tour), Hamlet (Broadway Theatre), A Tale of Two Cities (Regional Theatre Tour), Paddy's Wake (Union Theatre), The Seagull (Greenwich Theatre) and The Pickwick Papers (Regional Theatre Tour)

Film and television credits include Match Point (BBC Films, Jada Productions), Butcher's Blossom (Savage Media), The Crossing (Third Eye Productions), Eye Spy (Channel 4), Magna Carta (Discovery Channel), Dog Eat Dog (BBC).


Vanessa-Faye Stanley

An actor with comedy bones, Vanessa-Faye has played Anne Bronte on film, Napoleon in Edinburgh and a horse in the West End. She has an MA in Shakespeare and trained at Lecoq. Nominated Best Supporting Actor at the National Theatre Awards for the all-female Richard III (Wales Millennium Centre, 2016), she has also performed with the English National Opera, the Royal Exchange, the 

Barbican, the director Chris Goode, Howard Barker, Punchdrunk, Kneehigh and the National Theatre. 

She won the 2016 UK Sitcomtrials after writing and starring in a live Edinburgh showcase, and her previous sketch trio, The History Girls, were discovered by Objective productions and commissioned to make comedy for the BBC. She also works as a director and movement director, and was awarded the Oxford Samuel Becket Award for innovative theatre.


Imogen Smith

Theatre credits include Reformation (White Bear Theatre), Love and Friendship (Omnibus Clapham), Out of the Mouth of the Parrett (Theatre Mélange), Sunday Readings in the Park (Park Theatre), The Echo Project (Theatre Mélange), Broadbent (Bristol Old Vic), Theatre West (Bristol Old Vic, Alma Tavern), Home (Alma Tavern), Bed Among the Lentils (Northcott Exeter), To Kill a Mockingbird (York Theatre Royal, regional 

tour), Palace of the End (dir. Jessica Swale, Arcola Theatre), The Snow Queen (Brewhouse Taunton), The Mona Lisas (Theatre Mélange, Teatrul Ariel Romania), The Time of the Tortoise (dir. Elgiva Field, Theatre 503), Coriolanus (dir. Steven Berkoff, Festival Theatre Edinburgh), L’Ascensore (Pete Brooks Company), The Winter’s Tale (Royal Theatre Northampton), Macbeth (Asia in Theatre)

Film and television credits include Care As You Are (Joanna Proctor), Renaud (Yann Gorriz), Between the Silence (Luke Moss), Angel’s Charms (Christopher Clarke), Off the Beaten Track (ITV), Trollied (Roughcut TV), Meet the Humans (BBC World).

Audio and radio credits include Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets (Audible), Nothing Sacred (Resonance FM), The Hysterical Method of Conception (Radio 4 Woman’s Hour), Saving Grace (White House Sound).

in An Ideal Husband at the Tabard Theatre and starred in the historical show Venezia in Venice. He has also made frequent appearances in the productions of the long running theatre company The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor.


His television appearances include Air Crash Confidential (Discovery Channel), Celebrity Bedlam (Channel 4) and All About the MacKenzies (London Live). He has also appeared in music videos for Dizzee Rascal and Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) as well as numerous commercials. He has starred in the movies Betsy & Leonard, Mona and the horror tale The Legend of Halloween Jack. Next year he can be seen in the thriller The Jonestown Haunting, due for release in February 2020.

Doug started with the National Youth Theatre and has appeared in many productions including Outward Bound off Broadway (he has dual nationality with the US), Women Beware Women at the Royal Court, Bill Bryson’s Made in America at the Edinburgh Festival, Ken Campbell’s 24-hour marathon The Warp and The Devil’s Diamond at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. He played Sir Robert Chiltern

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David trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has directed over forty plays,
musicals, operas, pantomimes and a UK tour. His productions of Who Will Carry the Word?
and See Me For Myself were nominated for Off West End Awards, and his staging of Ruddigore was Time Out Critic’s Choice. He has also directed three critically acclaimed
productions for the Dorset Opera Festival.
As a performer, credits include Gastone in Jonathan Miller’s production of La Traviata, Mr. Bumble in Daniel Evans’ production of Oliver! at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, the No. 1 UK tour of The Phantom of the Opera, and innumerable pantos, primarily as dame.

Greg's credits include Kathmandu (Menier Chocolate Factory, Pleasance Edinburgh), Dogstar, Montagu, Empty Vessels and the co-adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes book A Study in Scarlet for the stage. His credits also include the critically acclaimed Doig! The Musical, No Picnic and Beak Street. His credits for television include the adaptation of the American sitcom Who’s The Boss into The Upper Hand (ITV).


Leah Sams


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Leah is a designer, scenic artist and technical draughtsman for theatre and opera. Recent design credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Tabard Theatre), Little Women (Mary Shelley Theatre), Broadway Showtunes (Bournemouth Pavilion), Cosi Fan Tutte (Dulwich Opera Company, UK Tour), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Bridewell Theatre), Lock Up Your Daughters (Bridewell Theatre), Nabucco (St Andrews Church) and Carmen (Dulwich Opera Company, UK tour). Leah is also a graphic designer, recently producing poster artwork for James Horner: A Life In Music, which premiered at the Royal Albert Hall. Her portfolio is available here


Take Note Theatre produces a range of plays and musicals, both new writing and revivals. Their focus is on family entertainment and fostering early engagement in the arts.

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