Meet the team

  • James Cundall

  • Chief Executive

James Cundall has had a unique career which has combined private banking at the highest level in Australia and Asia as well as producing the biggest global brands in live entertainment.

In 1992, concurrent with his career in finance as Director of Global Asset Management (GAM) and later as Chief Executive of the Asian/Japanese business of Rothschild Asset Management, James founded Lunchbox Theatrical Productions in Hong Kong, which over the next six years created a reputation for presenting quality international productions such as Les Misérables and the acclaimed Alegría from Cirque du Soleil. In 1998 the company expanded its reach to Singapore.

In 1999 James moved to Sydney to take up the role of Director of Arts and Entertainment for Australasia with IMG, where he was responsible for over 30 productions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia during his four year tenure, including Cats, Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Chicago, Oliver!, Riverdance, Andrea Bocelli, Shirley Bassey, Ricky Martin, Bryn Terfel and Kiri te Kanawa, to name but a few. In 2003 James joined International Concert Attractions (ICA) as Managing Director, a publicly listed company on Australia’s stock exchange based in Sydney, where his productions included The Blue Room, The Soweto Gospel Choir, The Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Show, Clive James and Pam Ayres.

James returned to the UK in 2004 to re-establish Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, which now has companies in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and The Philippines. Also at this time he and artistic director Tony Mercer established The Imperial Ice Stars, and have since toured The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice to worldwide popular and critical acclaim.

James spent the first five months of 2010 based in Shanghai, as Producer of the Outdoor Opening Ceremony of Expo 2010 Shanghai China, on behalf of David Atkins Enterprises.

Productions since 2004 have included the musicals The Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, Cats, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Chicago, Annie, Santa Claus the Musical, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Thriller Live, Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; spectaculars such as Riverdance and Slava’s Snowshow; international artists Bryn Terfel, Elaine Paige, Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein, Pam Ayres, Hale & Pace, Roy Chubby Brown, Anthony Warlow and David Campbell; boutique shows such as Circus Oz, Stomp, Abba Mania, One Night of Queen, Storm, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Burn the Floor, Potted Potter, The Bootleg Beatles, and Raise the Red Lantern by the Chinese National Ballet; plays including The Woman in Black, Grumpy Old Women, The 39 Steps and The Mousetrap; world tours of the award-winning Imperial Ice Stars in The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice and Nutcracker on Ice; children’s shows Barney the Dinosaur, Thomas the Tank Engine, Little Big Club, The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man; and The Ice Factor open air Christmas ice rink in York, UK.

Future productions for 2013 include Dirty Dancing in Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila, Sleeping Beauty on Ice in the UK; Slava’s Snowshow in Australia and New Zealand; Phantom of the Opera in Singapore; Stomp in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia; Starlight Express in Hong Kong and Singapore; Wicked in Manila; Barry Humphries UK tour and the 9th Season of The Ice Factor in York, UK.

  • Rebecca Cundall

  • Director of Corporate Communications

Prior to establishing Lunchbox Theatrical Productions UK in 2004 with her husband James, Rebecca Cundall (nee Jackson) worked in television and consumer goods as a communications professional for 14 years in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. After working in Parliament for the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rebecca joined Television New Zealand in Auckland in 1990 as Corporate Affairs Executive. She then moved to Hong Kong with Star TV, a new pan-Asian satellite TV company, handling corporate presentations.

In 1994 she joined Coca-Cola China, based in Hong Kong, as the ‘number 2’ in external affairs, responsible for protecting and promoting the reputation of the company and its brands through media relations, crisis management, consumer promotions, community programmes and corporate hospitality. She also produced the company’s quarterly Asia-Pacific magazine.

In 1999 Rebecca moved to Sydney with Coca-Cola where she was responsible for consumer marketing communications and media relations across eight beverage brands in Australia and New Zealand. During her seven years with Coca-Cola, Rebecca managed the company’s hospitality programmes at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1998 Soccer World Cup in Paris, the annual Rugby Sevens Tournaments in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

In 2001 Rebecca joined the Australian Olympic Committee in Sydney as Sponsorship Manager, working to secure new sponsors and build relationships with existing sponsors, including hosting key executives at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

She then joined International Concert Attractions (ICA) in 2003 as General Manager, responsible for establishing their Sydney office and managing marketing/PR for a number of theatrical productions.

Rebecca and James returned to the UK in 2004 and set up Lunchbox Theatrical Productions’ UK office in Yorkshire. As Director of Corporate Communications, Rebecca oversees PR and marketing for the company worldwide, and is also a freelance consultant in PR and marketing.

  • Maria Farrugia

  • Executive Producer

Maria Farrugia moved to Yorkshire in 2003, having lived in London for nearly 9 years, pursuing a career in event management.

In 1995, Maria joined the Department of Health in Whitehall. Here, Maria worked as Diary Manager for 3 Ministers, including Tessa Jowell, where she was responsible for coordinating the Ministers’ diaries, meetings, invitations, correspondence, visits and travel, as well as liaising at the most senior level with key advisors to the Prime Minister and offices of the Secretaries of State.

In 1998, she joined Punch Taverns, the largest independent pub company in the UK at the time. As PA to the Property Director, Maria established a ‘mystery customer’ scheme within the company, and project managed the refurbishment of the pubs and their accommodation.

In 1999, Maria joined Invensys plc, a FTSE 100 company, within the Marketing and Communications department. Starting as PA to the Senior Vice President, Maria quickly established herself as a key events co-ordinator, which later became her main role. As organiser of all events worldwide, Maria has successfully hosted the PGA Championship in Las Vegas for 700 customers; internal conferences in Miami, Washington, Boston and Orlando; financial presentations to the City, including the AGM for 3 years; corporate hospitality at both Sunningdale and Wentworth golf courses; and a tall buildings conference with guest speakers HRH the Prince of Wales and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.

Maria joined Lunchbox Theatrical Productions in September 2004 as Associate Producer and became Executive Producer in 2005. Having been involved in over 50 shows that Lunchbox has produced worldwide, Maria has found her most enjoyable projects to be the Treasure House Tour of Sleeping Beauty on Ice in the UK, Cinderella on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall and Rick Stein’s Food Odyssey in both New Zealand and Australia, in particular the performance at the Sydney Opera House.

  • Paul Mansfield

  • Technical Director

Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2004, Paul Mansfield started his career in theatre at the Almeida Theatre, London whilst continuing to freelance for various venues and work on a range of events. In 2005 he moved to Northern Ballet Theatre where he toured as part of their lighting department for four years. During that time he was involved in two tours of China as well as numerous UK tours. Progressing from lighting programmer to relighter, Paul was fortunate enough to relight Madame Butterfly, Midsummer’s Night Dream, A Christmas Carol and Hamlet.

In 2009 Paul joined The Imperial Ice Stars as their No.2 Electrician, before taking over as Production Manager. During his time with the company Paul has worked on Cinderella on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Sleeping Beauty on Ice and Nutcracker on Ice, staging the various shows all over the world; from Australia to New Zealand; Asia and Europe as well as their two highly successful seasons at the Royal Albert Hall.

Paul Mansfield joined Lunchbox Theatrical Productions full time as their Technical Director in January 2013, though he’s already worked on many of their productions including Riverdance, Burn the Floor, Annie, Potted Potter, Mamma Mia, Bootleg Beatles, Phantom of the Opera and Dirty Dancing.

  • Rachael Abbott

  • Associate Producer

Rachael graduated from Lancaster University in 2008 with a 2:1 in French and European Studies. She began her career at Lunchbox in October 2008 as Assistant Event Manager of The Ice Factor, York’s Christmas outdoor ice rink, and became Event Manager for 2009, 2010 and 2011. The event won ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the York Tourism Awards in 2010 and 2012.

Following her first season with The Ice Factor, Rachael was appointed Associate Producer and has since worked on numerous shows including Cats, West Side Story, Cinderella on Ice, Riverdance, Grease, Stomp, Chicago, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Slava’s Snowshow, Phantom of the Opera and Abba Mania to name but a few.

In 2010, Rachael spent four months living in Shanghai as Executive Assistant to the Producer of the Outdoor Opening Ceremony of World Expo in Shanghai, for David Atkins Enterprises.