Theatre Duet of Helsinki was founded by Jari Laakso and Merikerttu Mutala in 2010, stemming from their mutual interest in creating new and innovative musical theatre work. They both attended Kallio Senior Secondary School of Performing Arts in Helsinki and collaboration began in 2008 when Laakso directed Mutala in a musical 'Anything Goes'. In this production the Musical Director was Lari Noresvuo and Laakso and Mutala spotted his excellence in arranging and composing music.
It took few years before they found the right project to work on but in 2010 their first show ‘London – París’ was performed at the Narri Stage in Helsinki to mark the birth of Theatre Duet of Helsinki. The musical concert was arranged by Noresvuo and written and performed by Mutala and Laakso. Narri Stage comprised of witty monologues alongside the music of Lionel Bart, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Jaques Brel and Edith Piaf. The company performed ‘London – París’ concert as part of the Accidental Festival 2011 programme at the prestigious Roundhouse in London to a great acclaim.
Currently Theatre Duet of Helsinki is writing a show of their own: Louisa. “This has been one of our dreams to create a musical of our own. It’s what we have aimed to do from the start and we are very excited that it is finally coming together.” said Laakso in 2012.
London - París
© 2013 Jari Laakso