Founded by producers Dan Looney and Adam Paulden, DLAP Entertainment is an Olivier Award-winning production company, which produces, manages and finances multiple musicals, plays and concerts across the globe.


DLAP have produced a host of productions across the UK and globally including the multi Olivier award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End; the West End and touring production of the Kander and Ebb musical ‘whodunnit’ Curtains, starring Jason Manford; the smash-hit 80’s rock musical, Rock of Ages on tour in the UK, Ireland and international productions; the 30th Anniversary Tour of Fame! across the UK, Ireland, internationally and in the West End and The Wedding Singer, the musical based on the Adam Sandler movie: UK Tour, Wembley Park Theatre and South Korea (winner of the ‘Best Musical’ award at the Deagu International Musical Festival 2019). The company also produced the first ever play adaptation of The Last King of Scotland, based on the award-winning novel by Giles Foden (and subsequent Oscar-winning film starring Forest Whittaker and James McAvoy), which played at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre.


Dan Looney (Executive Producer/Company Director) is a Producer, Actor and Composer. He recently appeared as ‘Elder Poptarts’ in the West End production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon.

His previous producing credits include Bouncers, Spring Awakening, The Wedding Singer, Anything Goes and One Night of Impro. His composing credits include The Confession Room (St James Theatre, West End); Judy – The Righteous (Trafalgar Studios, West End); Swear Our Love (London) and the score to feature film Opening Night of the Living Dead. Dan has also won multiple awards as one half of the radio show The Dan and Sam Show.

Adam Paulden (Executive Producer/Company Director) has been a producer of entertainment around the world for over ten years.

Recent Credits include: Company (Gielgud Theatre, West End – Winner of 4 Olivier Awards); The Wedding Singer (UK and Ireland Tour and Deagu International Music Festival, South Korea – Winner of the Best Musical award); Curtains (UK and Ireland Tour); The Last King of Scotland (Sheffield Crucible Theatre – World Premiere); Rock of Ages (UK, Ireland and International Tour); Fame (UK, Ireland and International Tour – 30th Anniversary) and Chita Rivera Live In London (Cadogan Hall). Forthcoming productions include the musical, Bonnie & Clyde.

Adam was the General Manager at Kenny Wax Ltd for seven years, overseeing the multi-Olivier Award-winning productions of Top Hat and The Play That Goes Wrong. He is also the Executive Producer of the digital motion picture company, Neapolitan Pictures and has previously produced two comedy TV pilots; Stains of Staines and Aunties (also Co-Writer, Director and Producer).


Jason Haigh-Ellery (Company Director) founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Dark Shadows and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who in both 2014 and 2017. Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Australia working on two animated versions of Doctor Who and producing the original 26-part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC and Netflix. Jason has also produced and been involved with a host of reality shows including Nadia Goes to Hollywood, Nadia: Chasing the Dream, Strictly Dance Fever and Fame – The Musical. In 2017, Jason was Executive Producer on the movie The Time of their Lives which subsequently reached #1 comedy on Amazon. Jason’s previous producing credits include Henry V, Spring Awakening, By Jeeves, Love Shack, High Society, The Steamie, The Wedding Singer, Fame – The Musical, Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Flashdance, Never Forget, Rock of Ages, Wasted, Footloose, Wolfboy, A Christmas Carol and The Whatsonstage Theatregoer Awards.

Richard Klin (Company Director) is an experienced entrepreneur and has founded & sold several companies in the real estate & technology sphere.

Today he sits on the board of several companies of which he founded or was an early stage investor.  These include the property group Habitus, the medical ecommerce company anatomystuff.co.uk and the fast growing London coffee chain, Urban Baristas.

He has been involved in theatre production since 2015 and is excited to join the DLAP team to support their continuing growth.

Natalie Bush (Development Producer) joined DLAP in 2018 as a Production Assistant, working across Rock of Ages (UK/Ireland Tour 2018/19); Chita Rivera in Concert (Cadogan Hall); Curtains (UK/Ireland Tour 2019/20); The Last King of Scotland (Sheffield Crucible) and Bonnie & Clyde (In Development).

Prior to this, Natalie trained as an actor from a young age and studied at both the BRIT School and Arts Educational School London. Acting credits include Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Stephanie Mangero in Saturday Night Fever, Susan in Sweet Smell of Success and the Edinburgh Fringe Production of Fresher the Musical. Natalie has also toured Europe & Australia as a lead vocalist in The World Of Musicals.

Samuel Quested (General Manager) completed his degree in Contemporary Performance in 2012. Since then Samuel has since built up an impressive background of professional experience in directing, producing and general management.

In his previous role as general manager, Samuel worked for Club 11 London, producing one-off concerts for world-class musical theatre performers. Previous concerts include; Carrie Hope Fletcher, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Shoshana Bean, Chita Rivera, Laura Michelle Kelly and Tori Amos’s musical, The Light Princess.

As director Samuel’s credits include; Blues In The Night – 30th Anniversary (London Hippodrome), Into The Woods (Salisbury Playhouse). As assistant director; Old Fools (Southwark Playhouse) and as associate producer; Party of One and Divallusion, both at the Edinburgh Fringe starring singer impressionist Christina Bianco.

Alongside theatre, Samuel has also worked extensively in the field of magic for almost 7 years. In 2016 Samuel joined the company of the smash hit magic show Impossible, working with some of the greatest magicians in the world. With over 150 performances including a UK tour, London (Noël Coward), Beirut, Dubai, Singapore and  Araneta Arena in Manila.

Charlotte Barlow (Production Assistant) joined DLAP in April 2019. Charlotte’s most recent position was working for Grazia magazine at Bauer Media as their Media Planner. Prior to this Charlotte trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. Then went on to complete a BA English degree at the University of Southampton graduating with First Class Honours. While at university Charlotte competed nationally in contemporary, street, ballet, jazz and tap squads and took the role of Social Secretary on the Ballet Society. She also contributed to the university’s media magazine ‘The Edge’, writing theatre reviews. For the past four years she worked for Pixie Lott’s Italia Conti Associate School in her home City of Chelmsford, firstly as a Teaching Assistant and then as Musical Theatre teacher. Additionally for the past three years she has worked as an entertainer/performer for ‘The Only Way is Entertainment’ agency across Essex and London.


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As commercial Producers and General Managers working on multiple productions across the globe including West End, Broadway and UK Touring, DLAP Ents have a team of highly skilled individuals who are able to service the needs of any production, no matter the size. General Management, Tour Booking and Production Accounting are vital parts of any production and are integral to the successful delivery and running of any show.


DLAP Ents are able to offer their services to Producers from the conception of a project and are able to offer support and advice in all areas behind the scenes.


DLAP Entertainment

3rd Floor

80 St. Martin’s Lane



DLAP Ents offer theatre production finance and production accounting for a range of productions including including West End musicals & plays, large and mid-scale touring productions and smaller productions including fringe and small-scale touring. Our services include:


  • Budget consultation;
  • Submission of VAT returns;
  • Submission of tax relief applications;
  • Weekly invoice payments;
  • Tracking and reconciliation of accounts, credit/debit card accounts and petty cash;
  • Profit and loss projections based on gross potentials and historical data;
  • Payroll
  • PAYE services for BECTU emplyees;
  • Weekly reporting to producer/general manager;
  • Production bookkeeping;
  • End of production accounts;
  • Preparing and distributing royalty statements;
  • Distributing royalty payments;
  • Preparing and distributing four-weekly accounts;
  • Negotiation and contracting of Certified Accountant.


DLAP Ents will secure pre-production fee and a weekly operating fee based on the size of the production.

As commercial producers working in the UK touring sector, DLAP Ents have strong relationships and connections with every major theatre and their booking staff (including Chief Executives) around the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. Our services include:


  • Liaising with producer to identify target theatres and dates;
  • Advice on pre-production and operating budgets;
  • Profit and loss projections based on gross potentials and historical data;
  • Negotiation of headline financial deal at each venue;
  • Advice on venue settlements and contras;
  • Contracting venues with headline terms (including royalties, box office split, staffing, performance scheduling, payment terms, complimentary tickets, company comps, sound desk details, technical contra details, marketing contra agreements, on-sale dates, settlement details).


DLAP Ents will secure a weekly operating fee based on the size of the production. We cater for all sizes of productions including sit-down runs, weekly touring (musicals and plays), split week productions and one nighters.

DLAP Ents offer bespoke General Management services to a variety and range of productions including West End musicals & plays, large and mid-scale touring productions and smaller productions including fringe and small-scale touring. DLAP Ents ensure that all productions are realised on time and budgets are adhered to. Our services include:


  • Financial management and budgeting;
  • Organising and attending production meetings;
  • Management of workshops and readings;
  • Negotiation and contracting of creative team;
  • Negotiation and contracting of company (cast, stage management, production staff);
  • Co-ordination of casting process;
  • Overseeing physical (set, costumes, props, wigs) build and sourcing;
  • Negotiating and contracting orchestra and orchestra fixer;
  • Marketing and press campaign management;
  • Travel and accommodation booking;
  • Liaison with all members of the company pre-rehearsals and during holiday breaks;
  • Liaison with all members of the creative team;
  • Liaison with Production Manager;
  • Organising transportation of equipment to/from rehearsals/venues;
  • Rehearsal co-ordination;
  • Disciplinary proceedings;
  • Press Night/Opening Night co-ordination and management;
  • Insurance management;
  • Working with Production Accountant to prepare payroll, statements, accounts and tax relief;
  • Merchandise management;
  • Profit and loss projections;
  • Visiting the production where necessary in order to support production staff;
  • Lead on all elements of day to day management of the production;
  • Responding to all technical difficulties or emergencies;
  • Advice on commercial transfers.


We work with each production to identify their individual needs to create a management package that works well with and compliments the production company, as well as the marketing/press teams. DLAP Ents will secure a pre-production, post-production and weekly operating fee based on the size of the production and the agreed management package.