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Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry to star in Kinky Boots

April 24, 2015 

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Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry to lead the cast of Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots The Musical has today announced full casting for the London production with Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry leading the cast.

Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will portray the central characters Charlie and Lola  and joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren), Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George).

The full cast includes Gemma Atkins, Paul Ayers, Jeremy Batt, Arun Blair-Mangat, Marcus Collins, Emma Crossley, Jordan Fox, Callum Francis, Robert Grose, Gillian Hardie, Chloe Hart, Sophie Isaacs, Luke Jackson, Robert Jones, Adam Lake, Catherine Millsom, Sean Needham, Tim Prottey-Jones, Verity Quade, Javier Santos, Dominic Tribuzio, Alan Vicary, Michael Vinsen and Bleu Woodward.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price (Killian Donnelly) is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola (Matt Henry), a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

Killian is currently staring in Memphis opposite Beverley Knight at the Shaftesbury theatre and prior to this he starred in The Commitments which is still playing to a packed house at the Palace theatre. His extensive theatre credits include Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Michael Collins – A Musical Drama (Cork Opera House), The Full Monty (Olympia Theatre) and West Side Story (Solstice Theatre). Killian’s film credits include Les Misérables (Working Title). He has also appeared on television in Showbands (RTÉ) and The Last Furlong (RTÉ).

Matt Henry recently appeared as a finalist on Series 2 of ‘The Voice’. His theatre credits include Avenue Q (National Tour), The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Northampton), The Harder They Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse and National Tour), The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hair (English Theatre Frankfurt), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour) and Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh). Feature film credits include Muppets Most Wanted and Gulliver’s Travels.

Based on the acclaimed British film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots The Musical is a riotous new Broadway musical that is coming home to the UK, previewing in London’s West End Theatre from 21 August 2015 .

Winner of SIX Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show features a score by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde), the show is a huge-hearted, feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun… and a kick of pure joy!

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Casting underway for Kinky Boots London

January 12, 2015 

The producers of the London production of Kinky Boots have started casting the lead role of drag queen Lola.

Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots

Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots

Smash-hit Broadway show Kinky Boots is on its way to London!

Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, the producers of the Broadway show, along with UK general managers Playful Productions, have started the casting process for the London production of Kinky Boots,

Slated to run in London from 21 August 2015, auditions will take place in February and March for July rehearsals.

Producers are looking to cast a real star in the demanding lead role of Lola/Simon and are hoping that open auditions might throw up a gem.

Billy Porter, who plays Lola in the Broadway production and bagged a Tony Award for his efforts, will not be coming to London to play the part as previously suggested. His contract did take him up to July 2014, meaning an August transfer to London could have been on the cards. But the star turn has recently renewed his contract to take him through to January 2016.

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde) will return to the show to direct and choreograph the London production.

Based on the acclaimed British film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots The Musical won six Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Musical and features a score by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Set in Northampton, the show concerns a young guy who takes over his father’s ailing shoe factory. After a chance meeting with fabulous drag queen Lola, he forms a plan to save the factory despite opposition from workers and family.

A London theatre is yet to be announced for the show, with several big venues currently being muted.

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Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre

January 11, 2015 

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Kinky Boots is the hit Broadway show from Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein at the Adelphi Theatre London.

Based on the acclaimed British film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots The Musical is a riotous new Broadway musical that is coming home to the UK, previewing in London’s West End Theatre from 21 August 2015 .

Winner of SIX Tony Awards including Best Musical, the show features a score by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde), the show is a huge-hearted,  feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun… and a kick of pure joy!

THE STORY

Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price, a young guy from Northampton who takes over his family’s struggling shoe factory after the death of his father. In an attempt to save the factory, he discovers an unlikely hero in a drag performer named Lola. What results is an engaging, big-hearted spectacle full of dancing, singing and laughs.

CAST

Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will portray the central characters Charlie and Lola at the heart of the story, and joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren), Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George).
The full cast includes Gemma Atkins, Paul Ayers, Jeremy Batt, Arun Blair-Mangat, Marcus Collins, Emma Crossley, Jordan Fox, Callum Francis, Robert Grose, Gillian Hardie, Chloe Hart, Sophie Isaacs, Luke Jackson, Robert Jones, Adam Lake, Catherine Millsom, Sean Needham, Tim Prottey-Jones, Verity Quade, Javier Santos, Dominic Tribuzio, Alan Vicary, Michael Vinsen and Bleu Woodward.

Killian Donnelly (Charlie) is currently playing Huey Calhoun in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End. Theatre credits include The Commitments (Palace Theatre), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Les Misérables (Queens Theatre), Michael Collins – A Musical Drama (Cork Opera House), The Full Monty (Olympia Theatre) and West Side Story (Solstice Theatre). Killian’s film credits include Les Misérables (Working Title). He has also appeared on television in Showbands (RTÉ) and The Last Furlong (RTÉ).

Matt Henry (Lola) recorded an album in 2014 after appearing as a finalist on Series 2 of ‘The Voice’. Theatre credits include Avenue Q (National Tour), The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Northampton), The Harder They Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse and National Tour), The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Hair (English Theatre Frankfurt), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour) and Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh). Feature film credits include Muppets Most Wanted and Gulliver’s Travels.

REVIEWS

“THE HOTTEST MUSICAL ON BROADWAY! CYNDI LAUPER has created a score with audience-hugging charisma that performs like a pop star on Ecstasy. KINKY BOOTS is an emotional button-pusher about finding your passion, overcoming prejudice and transcending stereotypes. The finale is one of THE BEST CURTAIN NUMBERS since ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ sent HAIRSPRAY audiences DANCING OUT OF THE THEATRE. WONDERFUL!” The New York Times
“THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT SHOW ON BROADWAY! So much FUN, YOU’LL DANCE OUT OF THE THEATRE. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE IT. CYNDI LAUPER delivers the BEST BROADWAY SCORE IN YEARS!” ABC News
“You’d be a HEEL not to have fun at KINKY BOOTS! It’s CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION! BILLY PORTER is REMARKABLE in a STAR-MAKING TURN.” Entertainment Weekly
“SWEETLY, VIVACIOUSLY, IRRESISTIBLY GOOD! Boots off to director/choreographer JERRY MITCHELL!” The Washington Post

Sheridan Smith to star in Easter Parade?

January 9, 2015 

Sheridan Smith, Alex Gaumond and director Jerry Mitchell to reunite on Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade?

Alex Gaumond and Sheridan Smith in their Legally Blonde days

Alex Gaumond and Sheridan Smith in their Legally Blonde days

Gossip is swirling through theatreland that Broadway director Jerry Mitchell’s next project with Ambassador Theatre Group may be Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade.

The show would be part of Mitchell’s new prod co with ATG’s Howard Panter, their first project being Dirty Rotten Scoundrels currently playing at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay and Alex Gaumond.

Jerry Mitchell and ATG had previously partnered on Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy, which starred Sheridan Smith and Alex Gaumond.

Now all three – Mitchell, Smith and Gaumond – are set to reunite on a new production of Irving Berlin’s classic musical Easter Parade.

The show will feature a new book by US playwright Ken Ludwig, who has good form on reviving classic American musicals due to his award-winning work on Crazy For You.

A workshop of the show will be held shortly, and will also include Dan Burton (Gypsy in Chichester) and Sophie Isaacs (Made in Dagenham).

The famous 1948 movie version of Easter Parade starred Judy Garland, and the show will feature all of the songs from the movie plus some other classic from the Irving Berlin catalogue.

Jerry Mitchell’s current smash-hit production of Kinky Boots is still doing great business on Broadway and is set to come to London in late 2015 or 2016.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels directed by Jerry Mitchell is playing at the Savoy Theatre until 7 March 2015.

Gossip source: Daily Mail (9/1/15)

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Photos: New cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

November 24, 2014 

Production photos of the new cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre including Alex Gaumond, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

A new cast has joined the smash-hit musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in London.

Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) has now joined the cast as conman Freddy Benson, alongside original leads, Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson, and Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate.

Bonnie Langford (Spamalot) as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game) as Andre Thibault have also joined the cast of this hit show, which leaves the Savoy in March 2015.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – more news and reviews on WestEndTheatre.com

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Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

November 21, 2014 

Review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

★★★★

A cast change at Jerry Mitchell’s sunny production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre prompts this review, and we’re pleased to report that it remains a thing of theatrical beauty.

Any one of a Cote d’Azur setting, dancing bellboys at a glamorous hotel or Katherine Kingsley in chiffon would probably suffice on its own. But add in a cast overflowing with talent, the slickest direction and choreography you are likely to see this side of the Atlantic and a show-stopping new cast member, and you have that rare thing, West End alchemy.

The said new cast member is Alex Gaumond. Not unfamous in the West End, he has been catching our eye for a while, from his star turn in Mitchell’s Legally Blonde, to step-in roles in We Will Rock You and Matilda.

He steps-in again in this show, this time following Rufus Hound as brash young American con-man Freddy Benson. And I defy anyone to find a more confident, joyous and accomplished performance in the West End as he is giving right now. Clearly relishing every last gag, Gaumond is a rare find – someone who sings divinely, moves and dances with skill, can play comedy that punches every single gag home, and delivers an easy charm that wins over pretty much everyone in the audience. If he doesn’t become one of the most successful stage stars of his generation then there’s something wrong (with everything).

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Other new additions to the cast include Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot as Andrew Thibault, both having fun and delivering the required sparkle in champagne bucket loads.

Robert Lindsay remains as elder-statesman conman Lawrence Jameson, channelling Nathan Lane in The Producers as he cons a succession of dames out of their dough. He may often be playing Robert Lindsay playing suave, sophisticated and arrogant, but hey, no one can play Robert Lindsay like him.

He commands the show from the beginning to end and justly deserves the top billing, but it’s the sheer energy and will of his co-stars, including the joyful versatility of Katherine Kingsley, that make it all work – and sometimes saves him from himself.

In short, a succession of beautifully judged performances, from stars to ensemble, make this the happiest, snappiest and slickest musical comedy currently on the West End stage.

PAUL RAVEN

Urgent Note: With Gypsy coming in to the Savoy at the end of March, it may be your last chance to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the West End. Don’t blow it!

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – full cast, creative team, plot info

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on WestEndTheatre.com – more reviews, photos, news

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Photo First Look: New Dirty Rotten Scoundrels poster

November 7, 2014 

Photo First Look: Alex Gaumond in new Dirty Rotten Scoundrels poster alongside Robert Lindsay, Katherine Kingsley, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

The producers of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre have released a new cast poster.

Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) joins the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as conman Freddy Benson from this Tuesday, 11 November 2014.

Alex joins an all-star cast including Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson, Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate, Bonnie Langford (Spamalot) as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game) as Andre Thibault.

Alex Gaumond and the lead cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Alex Gaumond and the lead cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

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September 5, 2014 

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the smash-hit new musical comedy now playing at the Savoy Theatre in London.

This fabulous show features an all-star cast including Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), enjoy this exclusive offer on tickets, saving up to 48%.

Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera, this musical comedy centres on the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world is set to come crashing down with the arrival of rival conman Freddy Benson (Rufus Hound). As the two go head-to-head to out-con each other and the affections of soap heiress Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley).

DON’T MISS THIS SPECTACULAR HIT MUSICAL COMEDY

★★★★★ “Stonking great hit” Sunday Telegraph

★★★★ “A masterclass in theatrical style ” Telegraph

★★★★ “A Savvy and sunny show” Evening Standard

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay

September 1, 2014 

Musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay, Alex Gaumond, Katherine Kingsley, Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot.

Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) and acclaimed musicals actor Alex Gaumond (Matilda, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde) star as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson in musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Now playing at the Savoy Theatre, this UK premiere of the hit musical is based on the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Lindsay and Gaumond are joined in the show by acclaimed actress Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate, Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Gary Wilmot as Andre Thibault.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.

HURRY – MUST END AT THE SAVOY THEATRE in MARCH 2015

THE STORY

Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera, this musical comedy centres on the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world is set to come crashing down with the arrival of rival conman Freddy Benson (Alex Gaumond). As the two go head-to-head to out-con each other and the affections of soap heiress Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley).

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Stonking great hit” Telegraph
“A masterclass in how to put on a musical” Baz, Daily Mail
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Evening Standard

Gay Theatre Movers and Shakers in the World Pride Power List 2014

July 2, 2014 

Which gay theatre people have made the Who’s Who of world power gays this year?

The World Pride Power List 2014, produced bu Square Peg Media, was published in the Guardian this Saturday, 28 June 2014.

The list of the 100 of the most influential gay people on the planet (well, mainly the UK and USA) was published in time for London’s Pride celebrations last weekend.

We’ve taken the list and shaken out the most influential people in theatre today to get a snapshot of who’s making waves, and who is missing from the list.

Cameron Mackintosh: Omitted!

Cameron Mackintosh: Omitted!

Theatre Omissions!

Our top shock is that Sir Cameron Mackintosh is nowhere to be seen, despite being one of the richest (worth over a billion pounds) and most successful (Miss Saigon, Phantom, Les Mis…) theatre producers and owners in the world. And he has recently announced that he is to name his fourth West End theatre after a prominent gay man (he has already renamed West End theatres after John Gielgud, Noel Coward and Ivor Novello, and plans to rename the Ambassadors Theatre after Stephen Sondheim).

It also seems insane that Jerry Mitchell is nowhere to be seen. Instrumental in creating the Broadway Bares charity event raising money for HIV and AIDS, and sister event West End Bares, the choreographer and theatre director is responsible for a succession of big hits including current West End show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, massive Broadway smash Kinky Boots, and past glories including Legally Blonde and Hairspray.

We also think that John Tiffany might have got a mention given that he has directed one of Broadway and the West End’s biggest current shows – ONCE The Musical, and has Let The Right One In playing at the Apollo. Kinky Boots’ Billy Porter, choreographer and dancer Chris Wheeldon and David Hallberg, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike writer Christopher Durang, Cinderella and The Little Dog Laughed writer Douglas Carter Beane, Buyer and Cellar writer Jonathan Tolins, Wicked director Joe Mantello, Broadway and movie actor Victor Garber, director and choreographer Rob Ashford, choreographer Matthew Bourne and musicals supremo Stephen Sondheim also seem like omissions.

But enough of our griping – here’s the list!

World Pride Power List 2014 – Theatre People

 

1. Stephen Fry, polymath and TV Presenter (overall World Pride Power List rank of 4)

Stephen Fry as Malvolio

Stephen Fry as Malvolio

The extraordinarily busy writer, presenter and actor has had a slightly chequered history with the stage. He was theatrically most famous for the show he didn’t quite make, leaving a production of Simon Gray’s Cell Mates one cast member down. But that is behind him and in the last few years he has mended bridges in the acting world by throwing himself in to a number of stage projects. The highlight has been his recent part as Malvolio in Mark Rylance’s production of Twelfth Night, which started at Shakespeare’s Globe, moved to the West End’s Apollo Theatre and ended on Broadway with Fry getting a Tony nomination for his performance. We hope more West End presence from Fry over the next year (even if the much gossiped-about production of The Importance of Being Earnest with him playing Lady Bracknell turned out to be red herring).

2. Sir Ian McKellen, actor (5)

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen

Lest we forget that Ian McKellen is a stage actor first and foremost, and a super-hero second, he has taken to the London and New York stages in recent years with fellow thespian Patrick Steward to play Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The pair added in Pinter’s No Man’s Land for good measure on Broadway – something we hope they will bring back to London. Rumours of more West End work remain just that at the moment, but we live in hope.

3. Elton John, musician (9)

The pop star still finds time within his hectic touring calendar to write the odd musical, with Disney’s The Lion King and Billy Elliot The Musical both still going strong in the West End. There’s no further news about his planned biopic Rocketman – a movie musical about his early life, through his film company Rocket Pictures, which could also make the move to the stage.

4. Jane Lynch, actor (12)

The Glee star added to her numerous theatre credits last year by playing Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway. Expect more stage work to follow.

5. Neil Patrick Harris, actor (29)

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Winner of this year’s Tony Award for Best actor in a musical for his extraordinary performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris has reminded us all that he doesn’t just present Tony Awards, he sometimes wins them. It is a relief that the How I Met Your Mother TV star has carved out some stage time, and even though he leaves Hedwig on 17 August, we hope more theatre projects follow. And if you get the chance, watch the DVD of him playing Bobby in Company – it shows you how great he can be.

6. Stella Duffy, writer and performer (38)

Theatremaker Stella Duffy continues to write, direct and perform for the stage including her performance work with Improbable and Spontaneous Combustion, and her play writing which includes The Book of Ruth (and Naomi) staged at the Bush in 2011 under Josie Rourke. She directed Murder, Marple and Me for the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh in 2012 and on a 2013 tour.

7. Zachary Quinto, actor, film producer (43)

Quinto may be most famous for movie roles including Star Trek, but his 2013 performance as Tom Wingfield in the American Repertory Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie, and subsequent Broadway transfer, proved a stage sensation. The show was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, and was directed by John Tiffany (see above!)

8. Russell Tovey, actor (46)

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey

More driven by TV and film these days, it was great to see Tovey back on stage (albeit a tiny one) in John Donnelly’s The Pass at The Royal Court theatre upstairs last year, playing a gay premiere league footballer. Directed by John Tiffany (see above, again!), it’s a shame the play didn’t transfer to a larger theatre. That must primarily be due to his schedule, with current projects including new Jimmy McGovern drama Banished about British convicts in Australia in the 18th century.

9. Sophie Ward, actor (47)

Daughter of West End stalwart Simon Ward, Sophie has had a 40-year-long career in theatre and on screen. In 1996 she was one of the first mainstream female actors to come out as lesbian.

10. Craig Revel Horwood, TV personality (87)

It’s slightly ungenerous of the List people to bill Revel Horwood as a “TV personality” as it’s as a choreographer and director that he really shines. Despite a slightly odd cameo on Channel 4 musical doco The Sound of Musicals, where he swished in to Amy Anzel’s Happy Days Musical as director and then swished out again, Craig Revel Horwood has forged a major stage career alongside his Strictly Come Dancing duties. His musical revivals include Chess and Sunset Boulevard.

11. Cynthia Nixon, actor (90)

In a post-Sex and the City world, Cynthia Nixon has covered off numerous TV, movie and stage projects. Not least was her 2012 Tony nominated performance in Wit on Broadway and 2006 win for Rabbit Hole – a play that is being revived in London this year.

12. Jonathan Harvey, writer (92)

Jonathan Harvey may spend most of his time writing for Coronation Street, but he will also always be the man that wrote Beautiful Thing, possibly one of the greatest gay coming out stories ever written. The show celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with a production that starred Suranne Jones. With other credits including Pet Shop Boys musical Closer To Heaven, we would like to see him have another stab at a musical.

LINKS

World Pride Power List website
Guardian website

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