JMK Trust - in memory of James Menzies-Kitchin

The JMK Trust is kindly supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Leverhulme Trust, Philip Hooker, the Young Vic, the Martin Bowley Charitable Trust and the Ian Ritchie Foundation.

Patrons: Baroness Howe, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Tom Morris (Founding Chair)

For more information about the Trust and the award visit the Trust's website

Registered Charity Number 295080

JMK Trust & Award

The JMK Trust was founded in memory of James Menzies-Kitchin, who staged his first production in 1995.  In the following year and a half, he established himself as a theatre director of thrilling promise.  He was committed to staging classical theatre of the highest quality and was an entrepreneur of unstoppable drive.  His clarity of vision, his tenacity of purpose and above all his courage, inspired all those who worked with him.  In 1996, at the age of only 28, James died suddenly and unexpectedly and the Trust was set up to encourage others to fulfil their potential, as he had promised to do.

The JMK Trust commemorates James through its James Menzies-Kitchin Young Directors Award (The JMK Award) which gives opportunities to young theatre directors of similar ability and vision.  The award allows one such director a year to stage their own production of a classic text.

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Robert is a trustee of the JMK Trust. He had the privilege of working with James on two productions in 1995, Much Ado About Nothing at the Southwark Playhouse, starring Eve Best as Beatrice, Will Keen as Benedick and Michael Grecco as Don Pedro and Don Juan at Battersea Arts Centre, starring Michael Grecco as the eponymous lover.

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