Sue Appleby        Actress/Singer/Musician/Singing Teacher

Sue’s musical skill and passion for voices have led to her work as singing supervisor and musical director on a range of productions. She has worked extensively with Novel Theatre, co-arranging and rehearsing their trademark four-part a cappella singing in the West End and on national tour. She was Singing Supervisor on a new play, buckets for The Orange Tree Theatre in 2015 and in 2018 co-created a brand new actor-musician version of The Secret Garden alongside director Dominic Shaw for the newly-opened Barn Theatre, Cirencester.

Little Women, Duchess Theatre, 2004

"Quite the best thing is the a cappella singing"

Robert Hewison, Sunday Times

"melodically graceful, stylish in arrangement, all in tune and gently unforced in vocalisation"

- Alistair Macauley, Financial Times

Carrie’s War, Apollo Theatre, 2009 & UK Tour 2010

"Welsh hymns sung in four-part harmony provide delightfully accurate punctuation to the action" - Heather Neill, The Stage

"An excellent the smaller parts and also offer some excellent choral singing"

- Keith Paterson, WhatsOnStage

Cool Hand Luke, Aldwych Theatre, 2011

"Scenes are interspersed with familiar black spirituals beautifully sung by a quartet"

- Theo Bosanquet, WhatsOnStage

Sue has worked simultaneously as performer & Musical Director on several occasions, notably alongside writer/director John Godber in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  for Hull Truck Theatre.

In 2012, she created the MD/pianist role of Nellie Hancock in Craig Gilbert’s Three Men in a Boat for Original Theatre Company.

In 2013, her actor-musician and onstage MD role for 1927 Productions in the internationally acclaimed production The Animals & Children Took to the Streets combined live music, live performance and animation. Sue was one of a company of four playing 21 countries on a year long tour. During this time, Sue led workshops, and participated in Q&As and events for the British Council, in countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Jordan, the USA and China.

Sue was delighted to return to the show for a limited run at the Lyttelton, National Theatre in May 2014.

Musical Direction