Louis is an entrepreneur and live entertainment producer.
He is CEO of Hartshorn - Hook Enterprises
Executive Director of the Arts Theatre
and a founder of Future Stages
In entertainment, Louis has produced theatrical productions such as the Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam, the Grammy and Olivier-award nominated Amelie the Musical, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, Madagsacar the Musical, Woody Sez and the Immersive Great Gatsby – the UK’s longest running immersive production. In 2019 he founded Immersive|LDN a specialist immersive theatre and event venue in central London.
He programs the Arts Theatre in London, which is currently home to the smash hit and global phenomenon, Six the Musical.
In the hospitality sector, he has created The Lucky Club in Mayfair, a modern cocktail bar with streetwear tie-in, Katsubo, a Japanese-inspired burger concept, The Farrier in Camden, a neighbourhood pub specialising in reclaimed English food and natural wine, and the Covent Garden Social Club in collaboration with JJ Goodman, a cocktail bar with nightly live entertainment.
He is the joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere, which is producing Doctor Who: Time Fracture and working with major IP to develop the world’s leading immersive productions.
His work with Future Stages is aimed at providing opportunity in the Arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including providing access to experience in performance, backstage and in leadership positions.
Louis is a director of Industry Arts Marketing, a theatre-specialist marketing agency and Arts Tickets, a ticketing service for events and festivals.
Louis has a Law Degree from the Open University.
Louis met Brian Hook while they were both working backstage at the Palace Theatre on The Producers, followed by the Manchester International Festival's inaugural production, Monkey: Journey to the West.
In 2007 they founded Hartshorn - Hook Productions which has gone on to produce over 100 productions across 4 continents. Selected credits for Hartshorn - Hook include: Rotterdam (59E59 New York, Trafalgar Studios), American Idiot (Arts, UK Tour), Urinetown (Apollo), Richard II (UK House of Commons), Woody Sez (Arts), Away From Home (UK and International Tour). H+H has also run venues at the Brighton festival fringe.
In 2011 Louis and Gregory Batsleer created Pencil Music, a music company with an ethos of cross-genre experimentation. Venues include Village Underground in Shoreditch, Latitude and Wilderness Festivals and the Southbank Centre. Pencil has twice collaborated with DJ Nico Bentley, first creating a new version of Tarik O'Regan's The Ecstasies Above, followed in 2017 by a tour of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with DJ, string quintet, harpsichord and sung by Festival Voices.
Louis joined the Arts Theatre in 2012 and became Executive Director in 2014, running the company alongside Managing Director Lizzie Scott. The Arts Theatre won the Broadway World Awards' Theatrical Venue of the Year 2016. In 2017 the theatre opened Above the Arts, a private members' club aimed at the entertainment industry.
In 2017, Hartshorn - Hook Productions received an Olivier Award for the play Rotterdam, by Jon Brittain and directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, in the category of Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
In 2019 the newly restructured Hartshorn – Hook Enterprises opened Immersive|LDN by Bond Street underground and transferred The Great Gatsby to the main performance space there for an open-ended run. In 2020 Amelie the Musical was nominated for 3 Olivier Awards, and a Grammy Award for the London Cast Recording.
Photo: Nick Rutter