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Luke Evans stars in the film biopic of Wonder Woman creator, Professor Marston.

Since graduating from London Studio Centre in 2000, Luke Evans has had a hugely successful career.

Having specialised in musical theatre and touring with Seedtime whilst at London Studio Centre, it was natural that Luke went on to perform in a number of West End productions including Rent, Miss Saigon and Piaf.

However, Luke made his Hollywood breakthrough with the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans and soon appeared in various action and thriller films such as Immortals, The Raven and The Three Musketeers. From 2012 to 2014 Luke starred as the main antagonist in Fast & Furious 6, played Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and played the title role in Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans variousLuke Evans in his various film roles.
Top Left: Fast & Furious 6 © Universal Pictures, Top Right: The Hobbit © Warner Bros. Pictures,
Bottom Left: Dracula Untold © Universal Pictures, Bottom Right: High Rise © Studio Canal

He has also starred alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons in High Rise, and Emily Blunt and Rebecca Furguson in The Girl on the Train.

Earlier this year, Luke impressed audiences and critics alike with his outstanding portrayal of the arrogant and self-loving Gaston in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. The film was awarded the MTV Movie of the Year Award and Luke won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain and is expected to be nominated for many more in the upcoming awards season.

luke GastonLuke Evans as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast © Walt Disney Pictures

Luke’s new film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women opened in America earlier this month and will be premiering in the UK on 10th November. The film is a biographical drama about American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. Luke stars as Professor Marston alongside Rebecca Hall who plays his wife Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne. The film explores Marston’s polyamorous relationship with the two women and how they both inspired him to create the character of Wonder Woman.

Luke Prof marstonLuke Evans, Rebecca Hall (L) and Bella Heathcote (R) in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women © Annapurna Pictures

In the last few weeks Luke has been on a number of American chat shows promoting the new film including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (see below), the Today Show and a hilarious and stunning ‘Sexiest Male Vocalist Riff-off’ with Usher and James Cordon on The Late Late Show.

Luke Evans on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Since it’s US release, the film has received very positive reviews with Wall Street Journal proclaiming that “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stands head, shoulders, boots, tiara and lasso above many independent films of the moment” and the LA Times calling it “an engaging, accessible homage to three gifted minds”.

Make sure you book your tickets for when Professor Marston and the Wonder Women releases in the UK on 8th November. Watch the trailer below.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Trailer

In an interesting coincidence, earlier this year alumna and ex-Jazz Dance Company member Jazz Peters appeared in the smash-hit film of Wonder Woman as an Amazonian Warrior. She will return in the Justice League film later this month and Wonder Woman 2 which is due for release in 2019.

Jazz peters wonder womanJazz Peter on set for Wonder Woman © Warner Bros. Pictures

For more information on Luke Evans you can follow him on Twitter @TheRealLukevans
For more information on Jazz Peters you can follow her on Twitter @Jazzifzzle

Leanne Groutage: Face of MOVE IT 2018

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Leanne Groutage graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013, having performed with the 3rd Year music theatre company, Seedtime. Since then she has gone on to perform in Starlight Express (Germany) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour) and has just been announced as one of the faces of MOVE IT 2018!

Starlight Express 2016 Leanne Groutage BochumLeanne (second from left) as Joule in Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany.

Leanne seven bridesBottom: Leanne backstage at Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour).

MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest annual dance event, celebrating all forms of dance and the performing arts and bringing together dance schools, dance enthusiasts, professionals and iconic performers from across the UK and around the world.

Earlier this year, MOVE IT invited dancers from different backgrounds, disciplines and styles to apply to be the faces of the event. They received hundreds of applications but finally whittled them down to a squad of six dancers with a variety of skills and talents.

DT6 7121 copyLeanne (far right) and the Face of MOVE IT squad on a secret rooftop location. 

Leanne and the other five squad members were invited to a two-day photoshoot in a secret location in London to work with choreographer Natalia Barua and dance photographer Drew Tommons of Virtuoso Imaging. As the Face of MOVE IT, Leanne and the squad will be across all the marketing material for MOVE IT 2018, with their faces, moves and name being shared across the dance world.

21199706 10207640109879721 1261816080520009831 oLeanne leaping at the Face of MOVE IT 2018 photoshoot.

Leanne isn't the first LSC alumni to be a Face of MOVE IT. Back in 2013, André Fabian Francis was still in his second year of study when he was selected to be in the MOVE IT Lineup (as it was known then). André graduated in 2014 after touring with Jazz Dance Company and is currently in the ensemble for The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany.

Andre Fabian Francis in The Lion KingAndré Fabian Francis in the programme for The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany

As always, London Studio Centre will be at MOVE IT 2018 which takes place from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th March 2018 at ExCeL, London. In previous years we wowed attendees with our double-decker London bus and gigantic screen showing videos of our students and alumni in action. But our newest stand is still a secret! You’ll just have to come visit us at MOVE IT 2018 to find out for yourself!

London Studio Centre at MOVE IT 2016

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★★★★★ reviews for Luke Bradshaw in 5 SOLDIERS at Edinburgh Fringe - now on tour again!

5 soldierslogoLuke Bradshaw has just finished a run of acclaimed performances in 5 SOLDIERS at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Luke first joined the award-winning Rosie Kay Dance Company in to perform in the critically acclaimed contemporary dance piecefor its 2016/17 tour of Scotland and is now joining them for a new exciting tour, kicking off with a LIVE broadcast of the show this Friday evening!

Luke graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013 after touring with LSC’s contemporary dance company, INTOTO Dance. He went on to perform with The Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Kim Robards Dance Company in America before returning to London to work with James Wilton Dance and Jorge Crecis |SQx.  Soon after, he joined Citrus Arts, a contemporary circus and theatre company based in Wales where he beganhis training in Corde Lisse. He later toured in Terry Gilliam and English National Opera’s Benvenuto Cellini and worked with the Dam Van Huynh Dance Company before joining Rosie Kay.

5 SOLDIERS was first devised by Rosie Kay in 2010 after she spent time with the 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES) and visited the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for our Armed Forces to learn about the effects of conflict. The resulting piece is a moving, dramatic and unique exploration of how the human body remains essential to war,even in the 21st century.

Luke articleLuke (left) and the cast of 5 SOLDIERS

As well as the more typical theatres and arts centres, Luke and the company performed in various Scottish military venues including Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Gordon Barracks in Aberdeen and Fort George in Inverness. For 2017, Rosie Kay is taking it one step further with Luke and the company taking 5 SOLDIERS on a national tour of exclusively military venues including Yeomanry House Bloomsbury in London, Londesborough Street Barracks in Hull and Golden Hillock Road Army Reserve Centre in Birmingham. This unique tour, which is presented in association with The Army, is designed to “develop a relationship between the military bases and the local arts community”. As well as the main performances, the company will engage in two months of community outreach in each location leading to a weekend of events, community performances, outdoor performances and post show talks.

Luke article2Luke (middle) and the cast of 5 SOLDIERS (top) with two members of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SOTS DG) (bottom)

To prepare for this new tour, Luke and his four fellow cast members joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SOTS DG) on a 3-day combat exercise designed to prepare the soldiers for their deployment on a United Nation’s peacekeeping mission.

Rosie Kay explained, “It was hugely valuable for the cast to go on exercise with the Army so they can really understand the people, relationships and situations they portray on stage. The point of 5 SOLDIERS is to give an honest and compelling vision of what it is like for soldiers to go to war.”

During the exercise Luke and the cast discovered what it was like to be out on patrol in enemy territory, be part of an ambush, deal with a roadside bomb blast and undergo an artillery bombardment. They also witnessed a live fire exercise involving heavy machine guns and grenades.

Luke said, “5 SOLDIERS is all about what it’s like for people as they go through incredibly dangerous and stressful situations. What we’ve seen here is the human side of what it’s like to be a soldier and also how they work together like a well-oiled machine. What’s so valuable for us is to learn about the subtleties, the mannerisms and the way they really interact. Things like that add so much to your performance.”

Luke article3Luke joined the The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SOTS DG) on a 3-day combat exercise

Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the company kicked off their tour at Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury (presented by Sadler’s Wells) on Friday 8th September and celebrating with a special broadcast of the performance (commissioned by The Space) followed by a post-show talk. The performance and talk are now available to view on demand via their the 5 Soldiers website, their Facebook page, theirYouTube channel and on the BBC Arts website. This is a great opportunity to see the show that has been wowing critics!

SeeLuke Bradshaw performing in 5 SOLDIERS on these dates:

London
Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury – Presented by Sadler’s Wells – Thu 7th – Sat 9th Sep

Hull
Londesborough Street Barracks – Supported by Hull military Covenant Forum – Thu 14
th – Fri 15th Sep

Aldershot
Canada House Boxing Centre – Presented by The West End Centre – Fri 22
nd – Sat 23rd Sep

Swindon
Royal Wessex Yeomanry Army Reserve Centre – Presented by Swindon Dance – Fri 29
th – Sat 30th Sep

Colchester
Corporal Budd VC Gymnasium – Presented by Mercury Theatre – Fri 6
th – Sat 7th Oct

Birmingham
Golden Hillock Road Army Reserve Centre – Presented by Birmingham REP – Fri 13
th – Sat 14th Oct

For more details visit www.5soldiers.co.uk and www.rosiekay.co.uk

★★★★★ “War from a female perspective packs a punch…taut, visceral, compassionate” – The Observer
★★★★★ “Unstinting, visceral.” – The Scotsman
★★★★★ “in-depth background researches have grounded her moves and their delivery in the physicality, camaraderie and mental challenges of army life.” – The Herald
★★★★★ – Broadway Baby
★★★★★ – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide
★★★★ "Lust, shock and awe… a disturbing, illuminating and necessary glimpse into a world we mostly prefer to ignore." – The Guardian

Graduation and Dance Overture 2017

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July was an extremely busy weekend in the LSC calendar!

Middlesex University Graduation 2017

Friday was the day our third year students on the BA Hons Theatre Dance programme donned their caps and gowns to attend their graduation ceremony at Middlesex University (London Studio Centre’s validating university). After a fanfare and procession, our new graduates each received their scrolls on stage before following the procession out into the Rickett Quadrangle to meet their families and pose for some photos!

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London Studio Centre's Class of 2017 celebrating with Dr. Lise Uytterhoeven, Head of Learning & Teaching.

 

Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said that the day was “not only an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our graduands but also to look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”

London Studio Centre’s Graduation Celebrations 2017

The following day, London Studio Centre held its own annual graduation celebrations at New Wimbledon Theatre. Leading the festivities was director of the college, Nic Espinosa along with Guest of Honour Jason Pennycook who presented the graduates with their certificates.

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Jazz Dance Company Class of 2017 celebrating onstage at New Wimbledon Theatre.

 

Jason trained at London Studio Centre after receiving a scholarship and graduated in 1993. For his first professional job, he joined the UK tour of CATS playing Coricopat and Mistofolees. Since then Jason has appeared in a number of hit West End shows including Starlight ExpressSoul TrainFive Guys Named MoeRentLa Cage aux Folles (for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance Supporting Role in a Musical), Memphis The Musical (for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role) and Guys and Dolls. Jason is also known for his choreography and has worked on a variety of shows including Shrek The Musical (Karlstad, Sweden), Into The Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre) which received a Lawrence Olivier Award nomination for Best New Musical. Most recently, Jason been cast in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the West End production of Hamilton, which begins previews in November 2017.

Graduation5Guest of Honour Jason Pennycooke presented students with their certificates and awards.

 

As well as presenting each student with their certificates, Jason also presented the annual student awards and wished all graduates the best of luck for the future.

Graduation Awards 2017

  Award   Recipient
  Most Outstanding Performance in INTOTO Dance   Lucy White
  Peter Brinson Award for Achievement in Contemporary Dance    Georgia Fletcher
  Lia Williams Cup for Most Outstanding Performance in Seedtime   Bethanie Houghton
  Sheila O’Neill Award for Achievement in Music Theatre and Dance   Aisha Stalker
  Most Outstanding Performance in Images Ballet Company    Eleonora Falovo
  Founders Cup for Achievement in Classical Ballet    Courtney Reading
  Most Outstanding Performance in Jazz Dance Company   Lewis Palfrey
  Gillian Lynne Award for Achievement in Jazz Dance    Kirsty Maguire
  Vic Ray Shield for Achievement in Tap Dance    Charlotte Lloyd

  Espinosa Award for the Most Accomplished Student of the Year

  Rebecca Bennett

  Hilda Coleman Trophy for the Most Progress Achieved Over Their
  Time at LSC

  Gabrielle Parker

 

Dance Overture 2017

And if that wasn’t enough, our first and second years were also at New Wimbledon Theatre performing in Dance Overture, London Studio Centre’s annual showcase featuring a large number of works choreographed by graduates. Directed by Barry McGrath, the show was hugely successful and the Sunday performance even acted as a renunion for large number of alumni who got together to enjoy the show.

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The cast of Dance Overture 2017 on stage at New Wimbledon Theatre

All in all, it was a very special weekend and a great chance to celebrate the talents of our students and alumni. We hope our students are enjoying the Summer break and look forward to welcoming them back along with our new intake in September. We also wish the best of luck to our new graduates and hope to see them very soon! 

 

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New graduate Aisha Numah celebrating by re-enacting her leap from the Dance Overture poster.

DANCE OVERTURE 2017 - Fri 14th - Sun 16th July

Dance Overture 2017

London Studio Centre returns to New Wimbledon Theatre with DANCE OVERTURE, our annual end-of-year production, showcasing the varied and exciting talents of our first and second year students.

'One of the ‘must-see’ shows... the West End’s future stars' - Dance Expression

Overflowing with energy, this exuberant display of jazz, ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre combines the work of leading and emerging choreographers with the stars of tomorrow, displaying the diverse range of techniques they have studied throughout the year. This exciting production was conceived and developed in just four weeks following a year of technical training, rigorous assessment and rewarding academic exploration.

London Studio Centre is proud to support alumni throughout their career development. Many of the pieces in this production are created by graduates of the college, who have established themselves in the field of choreography.

An inspirational night out for all aspiring young dancers.

Friday 14th July - 7:30pm
Saturday 15th July - 1:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday 16th July - 2:30pm

Book tickets now: 
www.atgtickets.com/shows/dance-overture-17/new-wimbledon-theatre