Tracie Bennett

Tracie Bennett recently starred in How to Succeed in Business  Without Really Trying at the Southwark Playhouse Borough in London.

Tracie Bennett is a two-time Olivier Award winner, with four Olivier Award nominations, and a Tony Award nomination.

Her recent stage credits include playing Carlotta in the National Theatre production of Follies, Alice in Hangmen on Broadway and as Mame in Mame at Hope Mill Theatre.

In 2000 Tracie Bennett won Celebrity Stars in their Eyes by playing Judy Garland, and she went on to star in Terry Johnson’s production of End of the Rainbow about the last days of Judy Garland.

Other stage credits include playing Laura Henderson in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath and the West End, Jacqueline in Terry Johnson’s La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre, and an Olivier Award winning performance as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre with Michael Ball.

She has also starred in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, Sex Chips and Rock n Roll at the Royal Exchange Manchester, High Society at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Guys and Dolls, Educating Rita and Spring Awakening for Sheffield Crucible and a national tour of Billy Liar. Tracie also won an Olivier Award for She Loves Me at the Savoy.

On TV she is best known for playing Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street, and on film as Shirley’s daughter in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine.

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InterviewTracie Bennett: 'You don’t fuck about with theatre. I’ve always given my best'

Tracie Bennett has trodden many paths, from the cobbles of Coronation Street to the boards of the West End and Broadway. She tells Fergus Morgan about her latest, gender-swapped role and the moments that have made up her theatre career.

There have been two strands to Tracie Bennett’s 40-year career as a performer. On television, she has been a series regular in several long-running soaps, including Doctors, Casualty and, of course, Coronation Street, which she first joined in 1982, then returned to in 1999 and 2021. And on stage, she has sparkled in a score of hit shows, earning six Olivier award nominations and winning twice….

(Fergus Morgan, The Stage, 05/05/2023) - The interview
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4 thoughts on “Tracie Bennett”

  1. Its really nice to read these reviews on Tracie… Im really proud of her, we grew up in the same area and used to get the same bus to school sometimes if i was lucky..

  2. I an not à great Judy fan. I rarely join in à standing ovation. I have seen this tour de force twice now, standing with tears in my eyes on both occasions. A truly marvelous performance from Tracie Bennet.

  3. Happened to see End Of Rainbow during a 2 day visit to London . Tracie Bennet was just amazing , her acting and her singing was excellent .There I was sitting in the audience , you would think that was really Judy Garland . From what I have seen of Judy Garland footage of her concerts and her films , this paricular show is unbelievable. For all Judy Garland fans- this is a must see show , everything about this show has perfection . I was lucky to meet Tracie after her 2nd night performing as Judy ,I was delighted she had time for a brief chat . Congratulations to Tracie and I hope more Judy Garland projects will come up after the run in Trafalgar studios. John from Dublin.

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