Originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, Francis studied music at the University of Liverpool.
Musical director: Anna Göldi (Stageworks, Switzerland); Mrs Henderson Presents (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); Tell Me on a Sunday, starring Jodie Prenger (national tour); The Hurly Burly Show (Duchess Theatre, West End); An Evening With David Hasselhoff (indigO2); Judy & Liza (national tour); George’s Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage Company) and Women on the Verge of HRT (national tour). Composing commissions: Ten Minute Musical Challenge and 30 Minute Musical (Greenwich Theatre); Coat Tales (Elixir Festival, Sadler›s Wells); Celtic Journey (Churchill Theatre, Bromley, and Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury); Harrison and the Big Church and The Lighthouse (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); The Soul Bird (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and Robinsons Panto Karaoke. Incidental music and songs: Bleak Expectations and Coral (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); A Daughter of the Aurora (Proteus and Bodyjam theatre companies); George’s Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage); Hansel and Gretel, The Tempest and Rehearsing the Repertoire (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Showstopper! (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Jermyn St Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest and centenary gala (Harrogate Theatre); Mouse and Mole (Tiebreak); The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Starlight – the Dreamcatchers and The Borrowers (Snap) and The Wonkey Donkey (Blunderbus). Transcriber/arranger: The Hurly Burly Show (Duchess Theatre, West End); So This Is Christmas (Flying Music); Little Belter (Madame Jojo›s and national tour); Viva La Drag!, starring the Supreme Fabulettes (national tour); Orchid (Pleasure Garden, Miami); Chandelier (Celebrity Cruises); the Fly Boys and the Kat Pack. Pantomime: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Sheffield Lyceum) for Evolution; Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen) for Qdos Entertainment; Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome); Cinderella (Liverpool Empire, the city’s Capital of Culture pantomime, starring Cilla Black, and New Victoria, Woking) and Aladdin (Theatre Royal Brighton), all for First Family Entertainment; Robinson Crusoe, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood and Cinderella (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin (Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple) for Hiss & Boo, and Jack and the Beanstalk (Harrogate Theatre).
Television: musical supervisor for David Hasselhoff on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and This Morning (ITV1).
Practitioner: composer in residence at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; visiting musical director for National Youth Music Theatre, Youth Music Theatre UK, Arts Educational Schools London, Guildford School of Acting, Italia Conti, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview and the Urdang.