The André Ptaszynski Memorial Fund

André Ptaszynski

André Ptaszynski was an award-winning producer held in the highest regard throughout UK theatre and the international stage. His ability to spot and develop talent created an impressive résumé, including work with leading comics, blockbuster musicals and nurturing new voices. With his first West End production opening in the late ‘70s, he was a key player in shaping British theatre and entertainment into the world-leading industry it is today. A Trustee at Mountview from 2017 until his untimely death in 2020, André brought incredible experience, wisdom, wit and generosity to our Board and to Mountview as a whole.

The André Ptaszynski Memorial Fund

Established in 2021 thanks to the extraordinary generosity of André’s friends, family and colleagues throughout theatre, film and TV, the André Ptaszynski Memorial Fund supports emerging producers and young theatre talent at Mountview. The fund helps to support three key initiatives at Mountview in André’s memory:

The Judi Dench Fund for Access to Drama Training

André was instrumental in the launch of the Judi Dench Fund for Access to Drama Training, which breaks down barriers and supports the next generation of diverse theatre talent through bursaries, scholarships, wellbeing and welfare initiatives and emergency grants. More information about the Judi Dench Fund can be found here.

The André Ptaszynski Prize for Producing

Awarded each year to a graduate of Mountview’s MA in Creative Producing, this prize will recognise a student who displays exemplary leadership and creative collaboration. The recipient will receive a cash prize, helping them to establish themselves in the industry and navigate the difficult period immediately after graduation.

The Ptaszynski Producer

The Ptaszynski Producer is a one-year fixed-term post at Mountview designed to foster an early-career producer. This post responds to the lack of representation amongst producers in UK theatre from diverse backgrounds. The Producer will work with Mountview’s Head of Public Performance to help coordinate a programme of approximately 25 undergraduate and postgraduate productions across our two venues, and will assist with producing/coordinating a range of educational activities in the building and beyond. The Producer will support the institution to widen engagement, expand the reach of our work, develop our outward-facing programme and bring insights to this role grounded in lived experience. Alongside their responsibilities at Mountview, the Producer will be supported in their career development with industry placements and shadowing.

Our Supporters

We are extremely grateful to the Ptaszynski family, Peter Bennett Jones and all who have so generously donated in memory of André:

Neil Adleman
Clive and Jane Anderson
Will Bowen
Rory Bremner
Alan Brodie
Esta Charkham
Lady Susan and Sir Trevor Chinn
Michael and Sue Collins
Richard Curtis
Emma De Souza
Arnold Engelman, WestBeth Entertainment
Andrew Fell
Tim Firth
Sheila Fraser
Stephen Fry
Laura Gander-Howe
Garrick Charitable Trust
David Gilmore
Fiona Goodwin
Annie Gosney
Yvonne Gough
Michael Grade
Jackie Green
Glynis Hall

Iain Hatfield
Chris Harper
Michael Harrison
Dame Vikki Heywood and Sir Clive Jones
Barry Humphries
Joyce Hytner
Sir Nicholas Hytner
David Ian
Independent Talent Group
Nicky Jones
Adam and Claire Kenwright
Kindred Partners
John and Ann Linton
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Michael Lynch
The Mackintosh Foundation
John Makinson and Nandana Sen
Catherine Mallyon
Annette and Nick Mason CBE
Francis Matthews
Tim McInnerny
Lee Menzies
Sue and Steven Moffat
Jane Morgan
Donna Munday

Andrew O’Connor
Sarah Onions
Jane and Andrew Onslow
Sir Hayden Phillips
Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions
Anthony Pye-Jeary
Rebecca Quigley
Tim Rice
The Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd
Sir Tony Robinson
Mark Rubinstein
Charlotte Scott and Roger Glossop
Society of London Theatre
Christopher Terry
United Agents
Hugh Vanstone
Anthony van Laast CBE
Stephen Waley-Cohen
Matthew Warchus
Kenny Wax
Paul Weiland OBE and Caroline Weiland
Peter Wilson

And those who wish to remain anonymous.

Make a Gift

If you would like to make a donation in André’s memory, and help us continue his extraordinary legacy, you can make a donation below. For other ways to donate or to speak further, please contact Charlotte Castle, Development Director.


Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks.