Caroline Jay Ranger


Caroline moved into directing after a long career as a performer, working with artists such as Peter Darling, Arlene Philips, Antony Van Laast, Alan Harding and Clark Peters. Throughout the 1980s she worked with music artists on videos including; Nomad, Adamski, Kiss, David Grant, Jackie Graham, Queen and Freddie Mercury. Caroline’s West End Theatre credits as a performer include; West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago.Choreography includes numerous rock concerts and live shows for Steve Coogan and Tim Minchin, amongst others.

As a Director, credits include; Steve Coogan Live UK & Australian tour, The Rod Stewart Musical Tonight’s the Night (2006 & 2014 tours), The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute (Edinburgh Festival), Love in the Time of Barriers by Hassan Abdul Razzak and Perve by Stacey Gregg (Vanburgh, RADA). Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (Rose, Southwark), The Cook and the Insurgent by Hassan Abdul Razzak (BBC3 Celebrating Sanctuary at the Southbank), Immaculate Conception by Cary Crankson (Vanburgh, RADA), Mr WH – A Forgery by Billie Brown (RADA), Marbles by Lydia Prior (Soho Theatre Project Wednesday), Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse Legends Live Tour (2015).

Additionally, Caroline worked on the staging for Tim Minchin Live Tour and was Associate Director to Eric Idle on Monty Python (Almost) Live (The O2, London 2014).

Caroline worked as Associate Director on the West End production of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments Musical in 2013 (Palace Theatre) and subsequently directed the 2016 UK Tour of The Commitments Musical.Following this Caroline Directed Early Doors Live (2018) by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey and was consultant Director on Clive Tulloh and Joanna Lumley’s It’s All About Me UK Tour 2018/19.

After working on the early development of Only Fools and Horses the Musical she then directed its West End debut. The Final West End performance of Only Fools and Horses the musical took place on April 29th, 2023, after a 4 year run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, making it the longest running show in the prestigious theatre’s history. Pre-production for Only Fools and Horses the musical 2024 UK Tour is now underway.

After developing and adapting a play for stage based on The Cut by Hibo Wardere she then collaborated with Jen Rainsford in adapting its themes into the screen play I Carry Your Crown for Momma Lion Films and producer Sarina Taylor, who are both now thrilled to be in collaboration with RSA films in realising this story to screen.

In August 2016 Caroline worked alongside John Cleese and directed the stage adaptation of Fawlty Towers  for Sydney Australia and is thrilled to be teaming up with John Cleese once again to bring to life these incredibly iconic characters with such a talented company for its premiere in the West End.