About Hambledon Productions

Hambledon Productions was established in 2007 by brother and sister team John and Rachael Hewer.

The production company specialises in classic comedy and new writing. Based in Lincolnshire, we work closely with the creative arts industry on a national scale and encourage the emerging talent from our county.

Photography by Gerard Collett.
Photography by Gerard Collett.

International Award Winning British stage director Rachael Hewer was born in Grimsby and studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 2019, Rachael was the recipient of the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution at the Helikon Opera, Moscow, after participating in the International Competition for Young Opera Directors.

As Director: La Traviata (Devon Opera); Christmas With Steptoe and Son, Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show, Steptoe & Son (Hambledon Productions and Museum of Comedy); Charley's Aunt, STOP! You're Killing Me (Hambledon Productions)

As Assistant Director: Cendrillon, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne); La rondine, Die Fledermaus (Opera Holland Park); Albert Herring, Die Zauberflote, La Gazetta, L'heure espagnole, L'enfant et les sortileges, Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College of Music).


Photography by Steve Ullathorne.
Photography by Steve Ullathorne.

John Hewer graduated from Northumbria University and holds a BA Hons in Drama and Scriptwriting as well as completing additional writing workshops at the Royal Court Theatre and Soho Theatre.

As Actor: Various roles (Dracula: OBFAA); Tommy Cooper (Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show); Harold Steptoe (Christmas with Steptoe and Son); Spike Milligan (The Milligan Papers)

As Writer: Nature Elly, Penguinpig (Barmpot Theatre); Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty (Louth Riverhead Theatre); What A Washout (BBC Radio Lincolnshire); Twang!!, Dracula! One Bloody Fang After Another, A Fistful of Spaghetti, An Apple A Day, News at Two Minutes Past Six (Hambledon Productions); A Hard Act to Follow (Soho Theatre); Not Funny (Royal Court Theatre); STOP!... You're Killing Me (National Theatre).

As Director: Nature Elly (Barmpot Theatre); Welcome to Our School Play, Murder on the Oriental Princess, Live in Five, Shakespeare in Debt, Miscreation, Darling... Have You Seen My Structural Surveys? (Louth Riverhead Theatre); Christmas Storms and Sunshine (TRAUM Theatre); Sleuth (JamJar Productions)

As Assistant Director: Horne-A-Plenty (White Bear Productions) 


The Company Name

You may be wondering why we are called Hambledon Productions? Well, Hambledon is a small village in Hampshire and legend has it that the very first game of cricket was played there in 1765. We, as a family, love the game of cricket and our family home in Lincolnshire is called Hambledon, so the name stuck.