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UK National Tour 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005
West End 1991, 2004
Graham trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Middlesex University (BA Performing Arts).
His theatre credits include 'Othello' at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, '40 Years Young' at the Piccadilly Theatre, 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (title role) at the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford. Graham was the lead vocalist aboard the MV Royal Majesty, and back on dry lad his television work includes 'Fighting Back', in which he played Dave, for Channel 4.
Graham started off as Issachar in Joseph, the he became the understudy for Richard at the end of 1999. He then took over from Richard when he had a break at the end of 1999 beginning of 2000. Graham has also appeared in Witches of Eastwick as Toby and performed on the QE2
Graham has just finished touring with 'Grease' as Doody, and before that he was Rocky in 'The Rocky Horror Show' with Jonathan Wilkes.
Richard is a true 'all rounder'. Not only is he a highly accomplished singer and actor but also a fully qualified Royal Academy of Dance tutor, having achieved Associate status in four years instead of the usual 14 required. His first show was also his West End debut, starring in the musical 'Y' at the Piccadilly Theatre, for which he won the Variety Club of Great Britain award for best vocalist. This led him to star as Tony in 'West Side Story' at Her Majesty's Theatre, receiving an award from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, and he was honoured to perform the role for the composer Leonard Berstien. Richard then went on to star in many musicals including 'Joseph'(tour and West End), Robin in 'Robin, Prince of Sherwood'(West End), Will Parker in the acclaimed production of 'Oklahoma!'(tour), the starring role of Satan in 'Roll Over Jehovah'(London) and Boone in 'Whistle Down the Wind' Richard has appeared in concert throughout the world, the climax of which was his solo performance for the Thai royal family in Bangkok, televised throughout Asia. He has sung in concert with many of the country's top orchestras including the Psadena Roof Orchestra, the National Concert Orchestra and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, as well as the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Also a director and choreographer, he has been involved with such shows as 'Little Shop of Horrors'(London), 'Anything Goes'(London), plus many other plays and pantomimes, also a production at the Jersey Opera House which he not only both directed and choreographed, but also starred in, and which exceeded all previous box-office records. He has also produced his own 'Joseph' production in the Isle of Man. Recently he has been touring theatres of the UK with his concert 'Richard Swerrun in Concert' which will tour again later this year(2005). He has just completed a West End season and a national tour of 'Joseph'
Richard has played the part of Joseph on and off for over well 10 years now, the most he has done in one go was a mammoth tour he did for three years from 1996 to 1999 with hardly any breaks. Richard took some time off at the end of 1999 to do a pantomime in Malvern. Richard returned to Joseph at the end of January 2000 but left the show again in March 2000. He returned to the show on tour and in the West End in 2004 and uk tour in 2005.
UK National Tour, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2000
Already a show business veteran at the ripe old age of 24, Mike started his career with his grandfather's influence as a drummer at the age of five. With his father's help he formed a group while still at shcool called 'Young Revival' which did cabaret and charity work and also appeared in TV shows including Blue Peter. When they disbanded he formed a group called 'Flintlock' with whom hhe toured England, Japan and Germany, making numerous TV apperences wolrdwide and ending up as front man for the group. During this time Mike was chosen to appear in the TV series 'The Tomorrow People' in whihc he was one of the major characters for four and a half years. When Mike was 18 the group split up and he concentrated on a solo career gaining experience in numerous provincial tours such as 'Grease', 'Godspell' and 'Joseph'. These led to his West End debut in the part of Fredrick in 'Pirates of Penzance' at Dury Lane. Christmas 1984 saw him back in the West End playing Tommy Tucker in 'Humpty Dumpty' at the Dominion Theatre. He has also made numerous television appearances including 'Minder' playing the 'Star' in 'A Star is Born'. His recroding career started when he was with Flintlock - but this has not been neglected since and he is on the cast albums of 'Smike' and 'Humpty Dumpty' He also did the 1986 Tour soundtrack for Joseph.
During February 22 - 6 March 1999, Mike stood in for Richard Swerrun at The New Victoria Theatre, Woking. He also stood in mid 2000, before Eaton James took the lead.
West End 1992 & UK Tour 1995-1996
Phillip has fronted the pop show 'Shazam' for the New Zealand station TVNZ and was a regular presenter of live concerts and music award ceremonies in New Zealand, fronted 'Childrens BBC' - the first time in 35 years that an 'in vision' presenter had linked the weekday afternoon programmes, four series of the reveiw programme 'Take Two', five series of the popular live Saturday morning show 'Going Live', three series of his own quiz show 'The Movie Game', two series of 'Schofield's Europe' and 'Television's Greatest Hits' - written and presented by Phillip, he's done alot more since.
Click the button to read a letter Philip wrote in a book about Joseph, written by Steve Turner.
UK National Tour, 2000
Tim's career started in Belgium when at the tender age of fourteen his band 'The Bubbles' were the stars of a prime-time children's series. From this, Tim went on a national tour for two years playing the narrator in 'Glory Hallelujah'. The sucsess of this led to extensive studio work with major recording artists.
Through all this, Tim's amtion had always been to come to Britain and build a career in musicals. He won a place at Laine Theatre Atrs and graduated in 1999 with an Honours Diploma in Musical Theatre. Higlights of his time there include 'Evita', 'City of Angels' an 'Merry We Roll Along'. Whilst at college, Tim continued his studio work, doing TV commercials and vocals for a Christmas album.
On leaving college, Tim gave himself a year to make a start for himself in his dream career. Within four weeks, Bill Knwright had plucked him out of hoards of young hopefuls to star in the tour of 'Thank You For the Music', playing Donny Osmond and David Cassidy Tim's memories of this fantastic tour involve crowds of screaming girl fans. Tim is delighted to be able to have this chance to fulfil a dream and play Joseph. The first CD he ever bought was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Tim started off in Joseph as Issachar, but took over as Joseph when Richard left in March 2000.
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UK National Tour, 1998 - 2000, 2001 - 2002, 2005
UK National Tour, 1999, 2000
Ellis took over from Tim, after sharing the role for awhile.
UK National Tour, 2000, 2002
Having enjoyed playing Joseph on the 2000 tour, Arvid is delighted to be back with the show. Arvid recently scored a personal success as Jesus in the Really Useful Group's No.1 tour of Jesus Christ Superstar appearing in the role also on UTV, Belfast. He played Simon and took the Jesus role on many occasions in a previous UK and European tour (also for RUG). Arvid was born in Norway, where his first stage roles included Perchik, the student in 'Fiddler on the Roof'. He went on to appear in several other Norwegian productions, including 'Chess', 'Godspell' and 'Don Juan 2000'. He came to England and completed his training in musical theatre at the Gulidford School of Acting, graduating in July 1996. Arvid was immediately offered the role of Arti Green of the German production of 'Sunset Boulevard'. He returned to the UK in November 1997 to take the role of the Beast in 'Beauty and the Beast' at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, a performance he later repeated in the show's national tour. He also completed a run as Prince Charming in 'Cinderella' at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage. He recently appeared as Saqura in 'Space Family Robinson' at the Pleasance Theatre, London, as Jesus in 'A Day in The Life...' by Ogilvy & Mather and as Vincent van Gogh in 'Vincent' at the King's Head Theatre, London.
UK National Tour, 1989
Christopher was born in Southsea, where he attened St John's College. He later went on to study drama at both Bristol and Ripon Universities. During a long and successful professional career, he performed throughout the world. He played the hero, Brad Majors, in highly acclaimed and record-breaking tours of 'The Rocky Horror Show' in Britian and Europe. Then he went into Joseph, taking the lead for a whole year. After that he toured the Middle and Far East with Derek Nimmo's international theatre company. As Molina in the play 'Kiss of the Spider Woman', he won an award for his performance. In London's West End, he has performed with such stars as Noele Gordon in 'Call Me Madam' and Danny La Rue in 'Hello Dolly!'. For numerous seasons he was leading man and compere in cabaret at the Talk of London, Dury Lane.
Television credits include BBC's 'Kilroy', 'Softly Softly' and 'Top of the Pops', LWT's 'Live From Her Majesty's', and two series of Southern Television's 'Worzel Gummidge' with Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs. He has also sg over the titles on TVS's 'South Today'. He has appeared in around 25 panto productions throughout the country. After playing a succession of heros and Prince Charmings, he moved to the role of 'Baddie'. He appeared at the Kings Theatre, Southsea in 1994 as King Rat in 'Dick Whittington' with Nicola Stapleton, Ross Davidson and Andrew Sachs. He also appeared as Abanazar in 'Aladdin' at the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, where he returned in 1999 in the rolle of an Ugly Sister, which was his first dame role.
After nine season's travelling the world as a leading singer with Stadium Theatre Company on board such ship's as the Canberra, Oriana and Arcadia, he is now Assistant Entertainments Director for all the P&O cruise ships - including the magnificent new flagship, Aurora.
UK National Tour, 1980 - 1981
UK National Tour, 2000
Eaton left Guildford School of Acting only two years ago. During his time at the school he appeared as Sancho Panza in 'Man of la Mancha', Tempus Fugit in 'Merrily We Roll Along', the Dauphin in 'Joan of Arc' and Monlina in 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'. Since then he has appeared as a dancer in panto at the Anvil in Basingsoke, 'When Pigs Fly' in the West End, 'Les Miserables' on tour and 'Pageant' with Lionel Blair also in the West End.
In 'Pageant' Eaton created the role himself from scratch, which he is very proud of as it seemed to work well. Eaton is a creative and artistic person, he likes to shop and go out to clubs and have a good time. Click here to read an interview with Eaton.
UK National Tour, 2001
Glen began his professional career in 1992 as an apprentice actor at the Court Theatre, Christchurch, New Zealand, under Artistic Director, Elric Hooper, OBE. There he appeared in a variety of plays including 'Hamlet', 'The Crucible', and 'Treasure Island', and played Charles Surface in 'The School for Scandal' and Huck Finn in the musical 'Big River'. After graduating from Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, at the end of 1995 he was cast as Cameron Scott in 'Shortland Street', New Zealand's re-eminent soap, and appeared on the series for two years. Glen returned to the stage to play Sick Boy in 'Trainspotting' and Mirabel in 'The Way of the World', and the Joseph in the New Zealand tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'. Next came 'Cabaret', 'Wait until Dark' and most recently 'Into the Woods'. Additional television credits include 'Hercules the Legendary Journeys' and 'Cleopatra 2525', both hit American series. His film credits include 'Heavenly Creatures' the award winning film by director Peter Jackson. Bill Kenwrights 'Joseph' mark's Glen's UK debut.
Born: 1 June 1968, Malvern, Melbourne. Theatre: Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (London Palladium), Mordred in "Camelot" (Grand Temple - Freemason's Hall, London), starred in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Australia).
Television: Scott Robinson in "Neighbours", "Heroes" and "Shadows of the Heart".
Music: Joined Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1988. First single, "Nothing Can Divide Us", was No. 5 hit in the UK. His first No. 1 was the duet "Especially For You" with Kylie Minogue, and his first solo No. 1 was "Too Many Broken Hearts" in February 1989. His "Ten Good Reasons" album was the UK's top selling LP of 1989. Film: "Blood Oath", "Rough Diamonds", "Diana and Me". "Joseph" Role: Opened show 1 June 1991 and stayed until 23 May 1992. Returned to close show's last run from 4 October 1993 to 15 January 1994.
Thanks to Leah Moss for her help with this biography. Thanks also to Steve Haygreen for allowing me to copy this.
Donny, accomplished singer, songwriter, actor, musician, and race car driver, has been a leading figure in the entertainment industry for more than a quater of a century. Donny Osmond was one of the most celebrated performers in the '60s and '70s. He first caught the public's attention at the age of 6 when he joined his brothers in The Osmonds, the superstar group which subsequently scored a steady string of Top 40 hits around the world. By the time he was 13, Donny was a solo phenomenon, creating hit after hit. During a nine-year period, he earned 23 gold records; eight went gold in one year alone. In 1976, at the age of 17, Osmond made television history when he and his sister, Marie, became the youngest hosts ever of a weekly one-hour variety program, Donny and Marie.
He made his Broadway theatrical debut in 1982, playing the title role in the George M. Cohan musical Little Johnny Jones. In June 1992 Donny Osmond gave Joseph its North American premiere at Toronto's Elgin Thetare. Since then his electrifying performances have astounded both critics and audiences all across North America. Performing to sold-out audiences nightly, Osmond and the Joseph production have shattered box office and attendance records in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Minneapolis and Chicago, and Donny's recording of the Joseph soundtrack with the original Canadian company has been certified quadruple platinum.
London Palladium, 1991 - 1992, 1993 - 1994
Candan Tour 1992 & Joseph Video 1999
UK National Tour, 2002 - 2003 & West End 2003
Stephen has achieved more than most would even dream of, thanks to seven amazing years with one of the biggest boy bands of all time, Boyzone. One of the most successful bands in history, Boyzone enjoyed no less than six number one singles and four number one albums in seven years, playing to millions of fans the world over and becoming the first act in chart history to reach the top three with their first 14 singles, and the first band since The Beatles to debut at number one with their first four albums. Boyzone's debut single 'Love Me For A Reason' flew straight into the charts at no.2 in 1994, ensuring that Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham became the most promising and exciting Irish export of all time. They followed this success with the singles 'Key To My Life', 'So Good' and then their cover of the Cat Steven's classic 'Father and Son'. Hit after hit ensued with a string of number one singles and albums, picking up virtually every award available - from the 'Ivor Novello' award to the innumerable 'Smash Hits' awards for everything from 'Best Band in the World' to 'Best Haircut'. They also held the record or the biggest selling Comic Relief record ever, with their version of 'When The Going Gets Tough', which sold over 700,000 copies in UK alone.
In his own right Stephen's incredible popularity was personified in two great honours. Firstly, Stephen was named 'Irish Personality of the Year' followed with the accolade 'Hero of '99' at the Smash Hits Poll winners party. Stephen dedicated the awards to his fans saying "It's been one hell of a year to say the least, but it's all been worth it!". High acclaim for a young lad hailing from a suburban house in Sheriff Street, one of the toughest areas in Dublin. Having achieved so much, the members of Boyzone decided to spend some time on solo projects. Stephen was the first to make the bold step into the solo world with a single titled 'New Beginning' - co-written with Simon Climie and Anders Bagge - which reached number3 in the UK charts. When his album if the same name was released shortly afterwards - with Stephen working alongside the likes of Sturken & Rodgers and the now legendary Steve Mac - it too entered the top of the charts, familiar territory for the Boyzone star. His second single was the beautiful 'I Believe' from the soundtrack of the hit film 'Billy Elliott', which, much like Stephen's own story, chronicles a young boy achieving success in the face of adversity. He also recorded a version of 'Bright Eyes' for the soundtrack to a TV version of the classic 'Watership Down'.
Stephen is thrilled to be making his theatrical debut in Bill Kenwright's new production of 'Joseph', when asked about his career he said "The bottom line is I want to be on the stage and singing - that is what my whole life is about. It is in my blood, I could never give it up".
Andrew trained at the Arts Educational School in London. Whilst there he appeared in 'Staring Here', Starting Now', 'The Lion King Dance Project', as Tony in 'West Side Story' and 'The Hot Mikado'. He was chosen to appear in 'The Queen's Jubilee Concert', the 'Party in the Park' and 'The Children in Need Gala'. He was a contestant on 'Pop Idol' and got to the last 50 before being cast in 'We Will Rock You'. At the auditions he was spotted by Brain May of Queen and the director Chris Greenish, who were so impressed with Andrew that they offered him the role of understudy to the leading role of Galileo, a part he was to play for over 100 performances. He appeared in a workshop for the movie 'Cole' prior to embarking on the recent tour of 'Hollywood and Broadway' with Melanie Stace and Tim Flavin.
West End 2005
UK National Tour, 2003, 2004, West End Xmas 2003 to Feb 28th 2004
Lee trained as a member of Purple Patch Productions, a repertory theatre company based in Manchester. Lee made his professional stage debut with the UK national tour of 'Rent', in which he understudied the leading role of Roger. 'Rent' transferred to London's West End for a season at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Other theatre work includes 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (not sure what part he played or where as the programme just says Dreamcoat!!), 'Jesus Christ Superstar' (Simon Zealots), 'Cabaret' (Ernst Ludwig) and 'Rent in Concert' (Roger).
UK National Tour, 2001 - 2003 & West End 2003 - 2004
Darren took over the role of Joseph at the London Palladium from Phillip Schofield for 3 weeks in May 1993. Also toured as Joseph at Bristol and Manchester in 1994. Created the role of Pip in Great Expectations at the Theatre Clywd, Christmas 1993. Reprised the role the following year for a National Tour including a record-breaking run at the Nottingham Theatre Royal, the tour finished in March 1995. From December until April 1996, Darren again played Pip in another National Tour. April 1995, took over the role of Tony Parker in Barry Manilow's musical Copacabana from Gary Wilmot. The show finished in September 1995. June 1996, played the role of Don in the musical Summer Holiday for a six-month run at the Opera House in Blackpool. The show toured and ended up in the West-End at the Labatts Apollo Hammersmith. After the show finished in Blackpool, it began a 15 month National tour which ended in March 1998. Darren and Summer Holiday return to the Blackpool Opera House one more time this summer from July until November (1998). May 1998 until June 21st 1998 - Joseph in the Hong Kong production of Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat. Other stage appearances/concert performances include: Children's Royal Variety Performance (1991), Royal Variety Show (1993), Andrew Lloyd Webber at St. Pauls (1994), Lord Delfont tribute concert (1994), Sounds of the musicals (1995).
Film and TV credits include Host of ; Clockwise (Going Live), Teen Win, Lose or Draw (ITV), Children's Royal Variety Performance (1994), Just kidding (Sky 1), You Bet! (ITV), Don't try this at home (ITV). Summer Holiday was filmed at Bristol during it's National Tour and is available to buy as a video. Recordings: Original cast recordings:
Jesus Christ - 'Godspell', Pip - 'Great Expectations', Theatre Clywd, 'Young Girl' single - Arista records, Pip - 'Great Expectations' - 4 track CD also featuring Myrra Malmberg -
'Summer Holiday' - RCA Records, 'Summer Holiday Megamix' single - RCA records The single was a Top 20 hit and Darren and Bruce Welch from The Shadows performed the song live on TOTP. Darren released his debut solo album, 'Darren Day' in April 1998 - EastCoast records; 'How can I be sure?' single - EastCoast Records, Awards include February 1996 recipient of the Sir James Carreras Award for Outstanding New talent of '95 by the Variety Club of Great Britain.
West End 1993, 2003, 2005
UK National Tour 1994, 2004
Hong Kong 1998
West End 2004, UK Tour 2006
H started his performing career at the age of 9 in his home town of Swansea. he was an entertainer at Butlins performing in many shows including The Wizard Of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins. As a member of the massive internationally successful pop group Steps, H scored numerous number one hits and launched a worldwide dancing craze. Steps began in Spring 1997 with the top 20 hit '5,6,7,8' and, managed by the incomparable Pete Waterman, the 5 young stars went on to pop history. After 5 years of hit songs, countless television appearances, and massive concert tours the band released Gold - their Greatest Hits - and then shocked the nation by announcing their split. Since launching as a duo in January 2002, H & Claire (also a Steps member) have successfully merged a glittering TV career with huge chart success. They already have two top ten singles under their belts - 'DJ' and 'Half A Heart' - as well as the double A side featuring a brilliant, brand new
uptempto track called 'All Out Of Love', and a remake of the theme tune tot the classic Disney film 'Beauty and the Beast'. Both songs will be featuring on H & Claire's album, "Another You, Another Me". H & Claire fronted the kids talent show Steps to the Stars, and SM:tv. Apart from presenting on television H has dueted with stars as Sir Cliff
Richards, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie and Lulu.
Joseph is a show he has loved since he first saw it as a toddler!
West End 2004 - 2005
UK National Tour 2005 - 2006
Craig trained at Mountview Theatre School, BA (Hons) in Acting & Musical Theatre. Three year Mackintosh Foundation for Sports and Arts Scholarship winner. Mountview Singing Scholarship Winner. His theatre credits include: Covered and played Sky 'Mamma Mia' International Tour, Jack in 'Into the Woods' (Byre Theatre, St Andrews), John Hinkley in 'Assassins' (Landor Theatre, London), Cover Tony in the tour of 'Masterclass' with Jane Lapotaire, Liseo in 'Life’s a Dream' (Camden People’s Theatre), Christopher Twink in 'Tess' (Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield and Savoy Theatre, London), Ray Pain in 'Let Him Have Justice' (Cochrane Theatre London, for the Covent Garden Festival), Prince Charming in 'Cinderella' at Milton Keynes Theatre and The Pretty Prince in 'Spell' (Wimbledon Studio Theatre). He was also the Composer and Musical Director on 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Frog Prince' (Edinburgh Festival) and 'Spell'. Craig was the Musical Director on 'Oh! What a Lovely War' (Bridewell Theatre, London) & Composer & Lyricist for 'Soho Story - A Ballet', 'The Nativity' and 'Let Him Have Justice'. His television credits include 'Casualty' (BBC), 'EastEnders' (BBC), 'Coronation Street' (Granada TV) and 'Hollyoaks' (Mersey TV). You will find Craig on the following recordings 'Let Him Have Justice' original cast recording and Kevin in a new musical version of Arnold Wesker’s play 'The Kitchen'.
UK National Tour, 1981 - 1982
Jess Conrad is one of the most versatile actors to emerge from the 1960s. From his early success as a pop star, Jess went on to become an accomplished actor and has appeared in many films, musicals and TV shows as well as continuing to star in concert all over the world.
Jess stared his showbiz life as a repertory actor with the famous Charles Danville Company and played seasons in Barnsley and Derby before hw was discovered by Jack Good because he "looked like a pop star". Good immediately put him on television starring in the original 'Oh Boy' TV shows. He became a 'teenage idol', a pop star with many hits on the Decca label including 'Mystery Girl', 'Cherry Pie', 'Pretty Jenny', and 'This Pullover'. Many years later, Jess' track 'This Pullover' found a second lease of life as comedian Kenny Everett's favourite worst record. In more recent years his recording of 'The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook' gave him a gold record. Jess has many accolades to his name, and was voted Most Popular Singer in 1961 NME Poll. Jess has played the London Palladium and sell-out concert tours throughout the world. In the early 1970s Jess made the transition from pop star to musical star playing Jesus in 'Godspell' for which he received rave reviews. Perhaps most famously, Jess originated the role of Joseph in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'. This production played two seasons in the West End of London and broke box office records in Blackpool during the summer of 1982.
Jess has starred in dozens of films over his long and varied career, the highlights of which include the campy 1960s romp Kanga, in which Jess is taken captive by a giant chimpanzee up London's Big Ben, and the highly acclaimed Sidney Furie move 'The Boys', 1961. Last year he starred in the critically acclaimed 'Punk and the Princess'. A television light entertainment regular, Jess' recent television appearances include 'The Des O'Connor Show', 'Jim Davidson Special', 'Rock Gospel Gala', 'Pebble Mill', 'Big Break', 'Paul Daniels Christmas Show' and 'Open House with Gloria Huniford'. Soap fans will recognise Jess as Philip Bailey from 'Crossroads', and Jess' role as Mr Walpole of the Sports Department in 'Are You Being Served?' has made audiences laugh the world over. Similarly, starring as Raymond Starr in BBC's 'Miss Marple' series Jess captivated audiences with his sinister charm in 'The Body in the Library'. Television and film aside, Jess has achieved great personal success with his performances for royalty in over a dozen 'Royal Variety Shows'. Jess' theatre work includes playing Conway Terl in the nationwide tour of 'Leave Him to Heaven', 'Seagulls Over Sorrento', 'Sweet Charity', 'Boeing Boeing' and Eric in 'A Slice of Saturday Night' in London's West End. Last year found him starring in 'The Complete Wives of Henry VIII' and Shere Khan in 'The Jungle Book'. No stranger to playing biblical roles, having created the role of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of the same name, Jess also headlined a national tour of the Rick Wakeman musical 'The Gospels', in which he played Jesus. He has over 20 star roles in pantomime under his belt. However, more recently Jess has achieved new levels of fame sending himself up in the sell-out Jim Davidson romp 'Sinderella', which has also spawned a best-selling video release. In fact of late Jess has been an integral part of the team on 'Jim Davidson's Generation Game' playing The Voice of Viagra where his good humour has been acclaimed by viewers. A keen sportsman, Jess has been running the Showbiz XI Football Team for many years and plays golf for the Variety Club of Great Britain.
Jess is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats and has been raising money for a variety of worthwhile causes since 1960s.
Richard recently graduated from the London School of Musical Theatre. Roles at LSMT include John Jasper in 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', Alfie in 'What's New Pussycat' and Buddy in 'Brenda Bly: Teen Detective'. His first professional engagement was in 'An Evening With Peggy Spencer' (King's Lynn, Corn Exchange). Other theatre includes Eddie in 'Greek' and Raymond in 'Nil By Mouth' (both Russell Hall, King's Lynn), 'Eternal Dance (King's Lynn, Corn Exchange), Mikado in 'Hot Mikado (Gatehouse, London), 'Give My Regards to Broadway' (UK tour) and most recently the role of Prince Claude in 'Sleeping Beauty' (Linchfield Garrick). Judah in 'Joseph'. Richard took over the lead from
David was born in Zambia and grew up in South Africa, where he made his professional debut as Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh at the age of 12, and was subsequently involved in numerous productions, including the opening of the State Theatre. He has since worked all over South Africa, UK and in Europe in musicals, concerts, cabaret, TV and radio. His West End credits include High Society (Victoria Palace), Me and My Girl (Adelphi Theatre), Peter Pan – The British Musical (Cambridge Theatre), The Fields of Ambrosia (Aldwych Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). David also appeared in La Cage aux Folles- The Concert (London Palladium) and Sondheim Tonight (Barbican). David has appeared in numerous National tours including Joseph in Bill Kenwright’s legendary production of Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Luther Billis in South Pacific, The Pirates of Penzance and Peter Pan. He most recently toured the UK as Albert Blossom in Doctor Doolittle, where he also understudied Tommy Steele in the title role and played the part of the Doctor. His regional credits include Carousel (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Greatest Shows in Town (BIC), Rock in Rock Hard (Belfast Arts), Evelyn Cleveland in Gratuitous Sex and Violence (Millfield Theatre) and Meneer van Niekerk in the world premiere of The Playground (Polka Theatre). David has appeared in several pantomimes including Prince Charing in Snow White opposite Natalie Imbruglia (Marlowe Theatre) and last Christmas as Merlin in Sleeping Beauty (Middleton Arena). David played Rocky in the French Premiere of The Rocky Horror Show (Paris) and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (Hamburg). Whilst in Hamburg David appeared on Die Goldene Kamera and Tigerentenklub, both for German television. David appeared in Michael Crawford’s Christmas Television Special and has been involved in various cast recordings, radio plays and television commercials – most notably as Jamie Oliver’s Flavour Shaker Man! Most recently David played Wild Bill Hickok in Calamity Jane (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and will appear as The King over Christmas in Puss in Boots (Arts Theatre, London)2010. He is also frequently tours the UK in Masters of the House.
UK National Tour, 1989
James Earl Adair
UK National Tour, 1988
UK National Tour, 1975
UK National Tour, 1974
UK National Tour 2007
Jonathan was awarded a scholarship to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where his roles included Frederic in 'The Pirates of Penzance' Ron in 'Hair' and Oscar in 'Sweet Charity'. This is Jonathan's professional theatre debut. He is delighted to be touring the country in such a fantastic production. His association with 'Joseph' began at the age of 10 when he appeared as a choir member in his local town of Chelmsford.
West End 2007 - 2008
Lee Mead - BBC 1's Any Dream Will Do Winner!!
Theatre includes: ensemble and understudying Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s), understudying and playing Chris in Miss Saigon (tour), The Lover and understudying the title role in The Who’s Tommy (tour), Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (tour and West End), singer/ dancer in My Pal Frank – the life story of Frank Sinatra (Westcliff Palace), principal role of The Captain in the ballet Pineapple Poll (Chelmsford Civic), Wishee Washee in Aladdin and lead vocalist for summer season 2003 (Bridlington Spa) and singer/dancer for P&O Cruises. Also, Laurence in Mike Leigh’s classic Abigail’s Party.
Television includes: Lee was the winner of the hugely successful BBC series Any Dream Will Do. Also, Murder in Mind, Tommy promotion, Weird Sister and backing dancer for Geri Halliwell’s music video ‘It’s Raining Men’.
UK National Tour 2007 until July 2010
Craig Chalmers is originally from Edinburgh. He is known to millions from his success on the hugely popular BBC Saturday night series Any Dream Will Do, which searched the nation to find a joseph to play the lead in the West End musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Craig fought off tens of thousands of hopefuls to make it into the TV final, eventually finishing up in fifth place. Following his success on the show, Craig did enough to impress theatre impresario (and Everton Football Club owner and chairman!) Bill Kenwright. Bill is the most successful independent theatre producer and director in the country with a host of West End and touring shows on his credits and was also one of the panel of judges on Any Dream Will Do. Bill saw enough potential in Craig to believe he was, in fact, a joseph and offered him that very part on the UK national tour, so Craig got to fulfil his dream after all. Craig has been playing the part of joseph on the UK tour since August 2007 and after rave reviews and playing to packed theatres across the country, has agreed to extend his contract on to August 2009*. Following the success of his television appearances, Craig got offered an album deal with BKL Records and was delighted to record his debut album Dream On. This album was recorded with a little help from some of Craig's fellow contestants from Any Dream Will Do and the album celebrated its launch with a one-night only Sunday evening performance at the prestigious London Palladium. The album then rocketed into the charts in March 2008 and to this day still proves a popular seller at the theatres in which Craig performs as Joseph all round the UK. Craig's second album sees him team up with fellow finalist Antony Hansen (who previously played the lead role of Pharaoh alongside Craig on tour). Craig and Antony are great friends and are delighted at the prospect of releasing their album of duets and solo songs. (Release date to be confirmed). Craig's television appearances include: Any Dream Will Do (fifth placed finalist); When joseph Met Maria Christmas Special; This Morning; The Paul O'Grady Show; The Alan Titchmarsh Show; Songs of Praise; Hell's Kitchen (guest diner alongside Denise Van Outen); Celebrity Popmaster on The Ken Bruce Show (BBC Radio 2); contestant on The Weakest Link; Pop Idol (finalist); BBC Breakfast; Ireland AM; Channel M Breakfast. Media features: OK! magazine (fashion spread and interview); Daily Record (fashion spread and interview); Daily Mail 'Weekender' magazine (photo shoot with fellow joseph contestants); Glasgow Christmas switch on and fireworks (guest star); Now; Heat; Closer; Daily Mirror; The Sun; The Daily Star, as well as numerous regional radio and newspaper interviews. Previous to Any Dream Will Do Craig had a busy and colourful career including: reaching the live public vote finals in ITV's Pop Idol in 2003; was a member of boy band No Reason in which he recorded hit single 'Man Like Me' and appeared alongside the likes of Blue, Girls Aloud, McFly and the Sugababes in Scotland's national Hampden Stadium. Earlier in his career, Craig has also enjoyed regular work in Scotland as a cabaret star and ladies' night compere! Craig would like to thank all his family, friends and fans for their overwhelming support and encouragement.
Lewis Bradley - Joseph for certain performances (contact the Adelphi for more info)
Lewis Bradley is a natural born entertainer. Such is his love for singing and dancing, that as a child he knew he wanted to perform in the West End... before he even knew where the West End was! A combination of determination and talent saw Lewis leave his Middlesbrough home at 13 years old, to commence his theatre training at the Italia Conti Academy in London. This led to solo performances throughout Europe and America including venues across the UK as well as Disneyland California and Euro Disney in Paris. The role of Joseph was always the part that Lewis dreamt of playing. Appearing on the 'Any Dream Will Do' series for the BBC, proved to be the best opportunity Lewis could have hoped for: from famously wowing the panel in his first audition, through to making it to 3rd place in the Grand Final. An amazing achievement for someone who only turned 18 years old, the week of the actual Final.
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West End 2009
Gareth was head chorister at Bradford Cathedral by the age of 11, singing for The Queen at 13 and a finalist of the first ever Pop Idol back in 2002. A debut No 1 single and album followed, followed by a string of Top 5 singles, three further No 1s, sold out arena tours and, to date, a staggering 3.5 million record sales. Theatre includes: A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe (Her Majesty’s) and Prince Charming in Cinderella with Joanne Page and Alistair McGowan (Wimbledon). Television includes: Pop Idol, a documentary called Whatever Happened to Gareth Gates?, Tonight with Jonathan Ross, Dancing on Ice and Soccer Aid 2008 (playing for the winning England team). Other work includes: performing across the country in the arena tour of Dancing on Ice following his appearance on the television show. The television documentary Whatever Happened to Gareth Gates? followed Gareth’s experiences in and out of the music industry and his fight to rid himself of his serious speech impediment. He went on not only to do just that, but also to qualify as a McGuire Programme speech coach and instructor to help others with stammers such as his own. He is the youngest UK person to qualify as a speech coach with the programme.
Bill has been a broadcaster since 1982 when he got his first big break, presenting That’s Life! on BBC1 with Esther Rantzen. Until then, Bill had been a print journalist in the West Midlands. He didn’t mind swapping the industrial tribunals and magistrates’ courts of Sandwell for the broken washing machines and phallic parsnips of Shepherds Bush a bit!
Bill was with BBC Breakfast Time for 3 years and he also spent six years travelling the world as a reporter for the BBC's The Holiday Programme. He then went on to do radio presenting. During all that Bill managed to star in ten pantomimes, play Joseph and toured in the black comedy, Widow’s Weeds. Bill also wrote a hit song, Starting Together, which was the theme music to Desmond Wilcox’s acclaimed documentary series, The Marriage, and went to number two in the charts sung by Hi-de-Hi star, Su Pollard.
His first-ever professional recording was when Bill was a 21-year-old cub reporter on the Sandwell Express & Star newspaper in the Black Country at the time when Noele Gordon was sensationally axed by ATV in 1981 from her role as Crossroads matriarch, Meg Richardson/Mortimer. He wrote a tongue-in-cheek lament at home, made a tape of it and took it to work next day. When they’d finished laughing, Bill's fellow journos said it was so good, he should get it released as a record.
Christmas Season at The Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, UK 1983-84
UK National Tour 2010
UK National Tour 2007 - 2008 as Narrator
Keith Jack first made his name when he came 2nd in the BBC One Show ‘Any Dream Will Do’, narrowly missing out on the leading role of Joseph in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Having completed the UK Tour of Bill Kenwright’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in which he played the Narrator.Keith created the lead role of Charlie in the new musical Only the Brave, which made it premier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great reviews last year. 2008 finished with him playing the role of Peter Pan in Aberdeen at HMT. Concerts include: Performing in front of her Majesty the Queen and the Spanish Royal Family at the Parliament Picnic; Choices for Life, playing to over 100,000 people; Lauder Live at Thurlstone Castle; singing alongside John Barrowman on his album and on tour at the Hammersmith Apollo, BBC Two’s Friday Night is Music Night, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Birthday concert as part of Proms in the Park , BBC’s Songs of Praises. And the Aberdeen street party for New Year. Since appearing on ‘Any Dream Will Do’, Keith has been asked back by the BBC on several occasions including the Christmas show, When Joseph met Maria and most recently on I’d Do Anything. ADWD is also now being shown in various countries around the World including USA, Australia and across Europe. Keith’s debut album, ‘This Time’ was released last year and his second album "A Night at the Musicals" was released late 2009. And Keith will finished the year off in panto playing Aladdin at The Kings Theatre in Glasgow.