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Gabrielle Parker becomes latest LSC alumni to join 'Cats'

Over forty London Studio Centre alumni have performed in the award-winning musical.

Having just graduated in July 2017, LSC alumna Gabrielle Parker has managed to secure herself the much-desired role of Victoria the White Cat in the UK and International tour of Cats. Featuring in multiple solos, the role of Victoria is incredibly demanding and requires flexibility and extensive ballet training. Although Gabrielle focussed on music theatre in her final year at London Studio Centre, the BA (Hons) Theatre Dance programme’s emphasises on versatility meant that Gabrielle continued to receive in-depth ballet training throughout her degree.

Gabrielle joins the ranks of a huge number of LSC alumni who have performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical.

Cats first opened in the West End at the New London Theatre in May 1981. A year later, LSC alumni Jacqueline Harman joined the cast to be the second person ever to play the role of Victoria, under the direction of Trevor Nunn. Jacqueline played Victoria up until 1986 when she switched to the role of Demeter for two years before taking on a swing role from 1988 to 1990. Jacqueline later performed in Chess and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End before establishing the Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet in 1994.

Amanda Courtney Davies VictoriaAmanda Courtney-Davies as Victoria the White Cat in the West End

Amanda Courtney-Davies was the second LSC alumna to play Victoria in the West End. After joining the cast in 1988 to play Tantomile, she switched to Victoria for the 1989 and 1990 productions. She later appeared as Toni in Grease’s London revival in 1993 and as Rosie in the Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma! in 1988.

1995 was a particularly big year for LSC alumni in Cats with Samantha Biddulph (Tantomile), Daniel Crossley (Bill Bailey), Damien Delaney (Bill Bailey), Belle Dowson (Swing), Leah-Sue Morland (Swing) and Kimberley Partridge (Jemima) playing in the West End and Mark Joslin (Swing), Lucy Middleton (Rumpleteaser), Robbie O’Reilly (Cassandra) and Rachel Pressland (Swing) on the UK Tour.

Cameron Ball Ziz Strallen Sophia Ragevelas Kathryn Barnes resizeCameron Ball, Zizi Strallen, Sophia Ragavelas and Kathryn Barnes in the Cats revival at the London Palladium

In 2002, Cats closed in the West End but was revived in 2014 at the London Palladium featuring alumni Cameron Ball (Admetus/Macavity), Kathryn Barnes (as Tantomile), Sophie Ragavelas (as Grizabella) and Zizi Strallen (as Demeter). Matthew Krzan joined the show in 2015 as Munkustrap and was even featured on the show poster.

Matt Krzan Cats tube poster 2015Spotted on the London Underground: Matthew Krzan as Munkustrap featured on the Cats poster in 2015 

Most recently Natalie Bennyworth joined the UK Tour in 2017 as Cassandra and, as previously mentioned, Gabrielle has now joined the UK and International tour, proving that LSC is still producing alumni that are of a consistently high-standard.

Listed below are over forty LSC alumni who have appeared in the West End and UK Touring performances of Cats. This does not include the many alumni who have appeared in international performances of the show and we are sure there are others we have missed, so please let us know if you have not been mentioned! London Studio Centre is extremely grateful for the fantastic opportunities this show has provided to our alumni.

LSC alumni who have appeared in West End and UK Touring performance of Cats:

Cameron Ball
Kathryn Barnes
Sharron Benson
Natalie Bennyworth
Samantha Biddulph
Lauren Brooke
Amanda Courtney-Davies
Daniel Crossley
Lindsey Dawson
Damien Delaney
Lisa Donmall
Belle Dowson
Douglas Franklin
Jye Frasca
Matthew Gould
Lorraine Graham
Jaqueline Harman
Julia Hinchcliffe
Neil Johnson
Adam Jones
Mark Joslin
Wendy Kitching
Matthew Krzan
Stephen Mear
Lucy Middleton
Rachel Mooney
Leah-Sue Morland
Zak Nemorin
Callum Nicol
Sophia Ragavelas
Robbie O’Reilly
Gabrielle Parker
Kimberley Partridge
Jason Pennycooke
Rachel Pressland
Richard Roe
Louie Spence
Zizi Strallen
Anne-Marie Summerell
Drew Varley
Bryn Walters
Anna Woodside
Katherine Whittard
Adelle Young

LSC alumnus Jason Pennycooke stars in Hamilton, West End

Hamilton: An American Musical has already made big waves over in America. The musical, which is sung and rapped throughout, follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers. Hamilton opened off-Broadway at the The Public Theater in February 2015 where it had an extended run and completely sold-out. It transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rogers Theatre where it gained unprecedented advance box office sales and impressed audiences and critics alike. At the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton received a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 including Best Musical. The show was also awarded the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. That same year the Chicago production of Hamilton opened at the CIBC Theatre and the show began its U.S Tour.

And now Hamilton has been brought to the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre and stars LSC alumni Jason Pennycooke in the joint role of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson HamiltonJason Pennycooke as Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre (2017) - Photographer: Matthew Murphy

Jason trained at London Studio Centre under a scholarship and graduated in 1993. For his first professional job, he joined the UK tour of CATS playing the roles of Coricopat and Mister Mistoffelees. In 1994, Jason joined the original European Tour for the award-winning Five Guys Names Moe, playing the role of Little Moe and the next year reprised his role at the Albery Theatre in London’s West End. In 1996, Jason joined the cast of Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria, where he played Rocky 3.

Jason Pennycooke Little Moe Five Guys Named Moe Albery Theatre West End 1995 c Michael Le Poer Trench squareJason Pennycooke as Little Moe in Five Guys Named Moe at the Albery Theatre (1995) - Photographer: Michael Le Pour Trench

Jason then went on to appear in Soul Train, a musical compilation devised by Mark Clements and Michael Vivian celebrating classic soul hits such 'Under The Boardwalk', 'Soul Man', 'Dock Of The Bay', 'Living In America' and 'Love Train'. From 2001 – 2003, Jason played the role of Benny in Rent and performed in the record-breaking original UK tour and in two successful runs in London’s West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

In 2002, Jason played the role of Joe Grant and was the Associate Choreographer for Sammy, a musical biopic of Sammy David Jr which was produced in association with the Sammy Davis Jr Foundation, New York. The following year, Jason played Joe Grant again, but this time in Golden Boy at the Greenwich Theatre for which he received some great reviews.

”As Joe, a lean Jason Pennycooke suggests a boxer with some brains as well as brawn and demonstrates natty footwork both on the dance floor and in the ring. After the Greenwich run, this certainly deserves to go a few extra rounds.”
- Evening Standard

“One of the best things about the evening besides the tremendous array of terrific black talent on stage, is the way it shows ordinary black people struggling in a white man’s world. The major performances are a knockout – particularly from Jason Pennycooke as the wiry and rather winsome Joe.”
The Guardian

“Jason Pennycooke as the young hopeful Joe balances a superb physical performance with a fine tenor voice. Pennycooke grows into his character naturally through the songs.”
- The Stage

Jason went on to appear in the European company of Stomp where he also performed with the French Touring Company, visiting Mulhouse, Versailles and Brest and then London’s West End.

Jason Pennycooke StomopJason Pennycooke on the poster for Stomp at the Vaudeville Theatre

From 2005 - 2006 Jason played Sammy Davis Jnr in the The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas at the Savoy Theatre, London, which was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. He was then nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor his performance as Jacob in the La Cage aux Folles which opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory and subsequently transferred to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End in 2007 – 2008.

Jason went on to play Paul in Kiss Me Kate directed by Trevor Nunn at the Chichester Festival Theatre before transferring to The Old Vic in 2012. He then joined Memphis The Musical as Bobby Dupree at the Shaftesbury Theatre which closed in October 2015 after a year of sold-out shows.

“Pennycooke injects piles of humour into Bobby, a janitor with hidden skills of the performing variety”
- Talk Stagey To Me

Jason Pennycooke Bobby Memphis the Musical Shaftesbury Theatre West End 2014 15 c Johan Persson 398Jason Pennycooke as Bobby Dupree in Memphis The Musical (2014) - Photographer: Johan Persso

Last year, Jason played Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls at The Phoenix Theatre, performing alongside Samantha Spiro & Richard Kind, later taken over by Rebel Wilson and Nigel Lindsay. Jason received fantastic reviews again.

“Olivier nominee Gavin Spokes’ Nicely-Nicely Johnson is now joined by Jason Pennycooke’s dazzlingly elastic Benny Southstreet, making a comic and musical treat of the title song.”
The Stage

“Pennycooke is the brightest and most idiosyncratic Benny this production has seen, alternating between camp humour and furtive lewdness with calm and measured aplomb”
Live Theatre UK

Guys and Dolls Jason PennycookeJason Pennycooke as Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls at The Phoenix Theatre (2016)

Jason also has a great background in choreography and has worked on shows including I Was Looking At the Ceiling and Saw the Sky (Barbican/TTRSE 2010), Crazy For You (Sweden 2011), Five Guys Named Moe (Belfast 2010; Underbelly 2016), End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios and Broadway 2011), Soul Sister (Hackney Empire and Savoy Theatre 2012), Shrek (Sweden 2013), and Into The Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange 2015) to name but a few.

Last July, London Studio Centre was proud to welcome Jason as the Guest of Honour for the 2017 Graduation Celebration at New Wimbledon Theatre. Jason presented all graduates with their certificates and awards and gave some great words of advice for those starting their new performing arts careers.

GraduationJason Pennycooke presenting the Espinosa Award to Rebecca Bennett at the Graduation Celebration at New Wimbledon Theatre (2017)

Last week (Wednesday 6th December), Jason took to the stage for the opening night of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, which opened its door for the first time after a year-long expansion and restoration. Jason plays two characters in the show. In Act One he plays Marquis de Lafayette, a close friend of Alexander Hamilton and a Revolutionary ally. In Act Two he plays the key role of Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton’s rival and future president of the United States. The role is incredibly important in the show and requires the ability to adapt and play two very different characters.

Victoria Palace TheatreHamilton at the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre

Audiences have been waiting in anticipation as the first run of tickets which cover December 2017 – June 2018 sold out way back in September. But it seems the wait was worth it as audiences have been taking to social media to sing the show’s praises with #hamiltonldn trending on Twitter. Even the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also played the title role in the original Broadway cast) took to Twitter to say:

That. was. insane. Thank you.
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Whilst tickets are sold out, the show is now offering a daily £10 lottery which can be entered here.  

Liam Francis and Juan Gil star in spectacular Rambert triple-bill with ‘masterpiece’ choreography by INTOTO course-consultant Ben Duke

Under the artistic direction of Mark Baldwin (a current patron and governor of London Studio Centre), Rambert presents A Linha Curva, and other works, a triple-bill featuring London Studio Centre alumni Liam Francis (ex-INTOTO Dance) and Juan Gil (ex-Images Ballet Company), who both provide exceptional performances. The show features three unique and powerful pieces; the third of which, Goat, is choreographed by rising star Ben Duke who acts as course-consultant for the Contemporary Dance Professional Option and INTOTO Dance Company at London Studio Centre.

Juan Gil (far left) in SymbiosisJuan Gil (far left) in Symbiosis - Copyright Rambert Dance Company

Juan Gil trained at London Studio Centre with a full-scholarship and graduated in 2011. He was awarded the Bridget Espinosa Award for the most potential to succeed in Classical Ballet, having trained and toured with Images Ballet Company under the direction of Margaret Barbieri. He joined the Sarasota Ballet in Florida, under the direction of Iain Webb, and continued to work with Margaret Barbieri for five years, rising to the rank of Junior Principal. He has had featured roles in Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, A Wedding Bouquet, Façade, Enigma Variations and Illuminations; George Balanchine’s Apollo and The Four Temperaments; Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream; Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après-midi d’un Faune; and Christopher Wheeldon’s The American. Juan joined Rambert in 2016.

Liam Francis in rehearsals for GoatLiam Francis in rehearsals for Goat - Copyright Rambert Dance Company

Whilst studying at LSC, Liam Francis also regularly performed the hip-hop dance theatre group ZooNation. In 2013 he became Resident Director and one of the choreographers for ZooNation Youth Company’s show Groove On Down The Road at the Southbank. In his graduating year, Liam was a member LSC’s contemporary dance company INTOTO Dance and performed works by Ana Lujan Sanchez, Wayne Parsons and Dam Van Huynh for their 2014 tour. After gaining a first class honours in his degree and receiving the LSC award for most outstanding performance in INTOTO Dance, Liam joined Rambert as an apprentice dancer in 2014. Whilst at Rambert, Liam has performed in Didy Veldman’s 3 Dancers, Mark Baldwin's Dark Arteries, Alexander Whitley’s Frames, Patricia Okenwa's Hydrargyrum and Malgorzata Dzierzon’s Flight.

Liam and Juan are not the first LSC alumni to have joined Rambert: Clemmie Sveaas, Yolande Yorke-Edgell and Rafael Bonachela have all performed with the company. Rafael even became an Associate Choreographer for Rambert until 2005, when he set up Bonachela Dance Company and later joined Sydney Dance Company as Artistic Director.

Liam Francis and Juan Gil with Daniel Davidson in Ghost DancesLiam Francis and Juan Gil with Daniel Davidson in Ghost Dances - Copyright Rambert Dance Company

Earlier this year, both Liam and Juan starred in Rambert’s critically acclaimed Ghost Dances, Christopher Bruce’s revival of his 1981 classic. They were both cast alongside Daniel Davidson as the iconic trio of “Ghost Dancers” and the show received much praise, with The Stage calling it “a triumphant return of a heritage work” and The Telegraph proclaiming the piece was “as powerful and as relevant as it ever was” and “magnificently performed”.

Liam and Juan both return to form in Rambert’s new show which features the following three pieces:

A Linha Curva: a Brazilian carnival-flavoured piece by Itzik Galili.

Symbiosis: a high velocity celebration of the Rambert dancers’ skills by acclaimed Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis.

Goat: a darkly funny and deeply moving Nina Simone-inspired piece by rising star and LSC course-consultant, Ben Duke.

Ben Duke in rehearsals, choreographing GoatBen Duke in rehearsals, choreographing Goat - Copyright Rambert Dance Company

Ben is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Lost Dog, a company that blends text, live music and movement to create dance works framed by stories and characters. Lost Dog’s work has toured nationally and internationally and was awarded first prize at the Burgos International Choreography competition, second prize at the prestigious Hanover choreography competition and The Place Prize for Dance for the duet, It Needs Horses. Ben also won the 2016 National Dance Award for Best Male Performer for his role in the production Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and the work was nominated for a Total Theatre award and a Sky Arts South Bank Award. As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for other companies including Barely Methodical Troupe (Kin), Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine) and Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise). Ben has also choreographed for INTOTO Dance three times. As a performer, Ben has worked with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk.

Ben joined London Studio Centre as course-consultant in 2016 and provides a critical partnership with the Contemporary Dance Course Director and Artistic Director of INTOTO Dance, Sue Booker. Together they work to expand and nourish the creative knowledge and practice of LSC’s contemporary dance students.

Goat 6Liam Francis in Goat - Copyright Rambert Dance Company

Goat is Ben Duke's first commission for Rambert and features Liam Francis as a ‘scape-goat’ figure. The piece has already received much critical acclaim:

Goat is a goddamn masterpiece" – The Stage

“Ben Duke's dance to the death is a searingly emotional joyride” – The Guardian

“Goat is Rambert in bold future-forward mode” – The Herald Scotland

“Funny, moving and perplexing in equally glorious measure.” – The Scotsman

Liam and Juan are also receiving praise for their performances in the show’s other two pieces, A Linha Curva and Symbiosis:

“I have never seen A Linha Curva danced better” – The Stage

“Rambert’s dancers who’ve been performing the work since 2009 are exemplary in combining Latin-inflected sass with meticulous speed” – The Guardian

“The dancers brought a cool intelligence and driving dynamic to the shifting moods, isolations and interactions of Symbiosis … It’s clever, complex” – The Herald Scotland 

A Linha CurvaA Linha Curva- Copyright Rambert Dance Company

A Linha Curva, and other works is at Salder’s Wells until Saturday 25th November 2017.

The show will also visit the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham from Tuesday 27th February until Thursday 1st March 2018.

Liam Francis and London Studio Centre are also currently collaborating on a new show which will be brought to the Pentland Theatre, artsdepot on Saturday 13th January 2018. Liam Francis & Friends present I.D. will include two original pieces choreographed by Liam which will be performed by LSC alumni and dancers from Rambert. LSC alumni Ryan Ledger and Viv West will also be choreographing a piece each performed by current students. Tickets will soon be available on the artsdepot website and more information on the show will shortly be announced on our website.

Gemma and Danielle get their skates on to join Paul in Starlight Express

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express first opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End in 1984. Spawning international productions on Broadway and in Vegas, Japan and Australia, the West End show ran for a staggering 7,406 performances over 17 years before it eventually closed in January 2002. But the longest running production of the show is actually in Bochum, Germany where it first opened in June 1988 and, now it’s 29th year later, is still going strong!

Seen by more than 15 million people, Starlight Express is Germany’s most popular musical and currently features three London Studio Centre alumni. 

Paul Shipp as Purse in Starlight ExpressPaul Shipp as Purse in Starlight Express

Paul Shipp was the first to join the cast in 2007. After graduating from LSC in 2003, Paul performed as the Genie in the Mansfield Palace Theatre’s production of Aladdin before going on to perform in a number of West End musicals including Caspar The Musical, Grease and We Will Rock You. In 2004 he joined the cast of the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall production of Aladdin, but this time in the titular role. He could also been see dancing at BBC’s Party In The Park and at the Blue Peter and Children In Need charity galas and he even featured in adverts for Sky Sports. Paul has been part of Starlight’s cast for 10 years and during that time he has been the main actor for a number of characters including Krupp, Purse, Ruhrgold and Electra. He currently acts as a swing, covering the roles of Papa, Greaseball, Electra, Caboose, Dustin and Components.

Stage Starlight Express stage in Bochum, featuring the multi-level tracks and nine-tonne bridge which can rotate and can connect to all levels.

Gemma Archer and Danielle Lockwood both joined Starlight Express at the beginning of 2017.

Gemma was a member of London Studio Centre’s music theatre company, Seedtime, before she graduated in 2015. That same year, she moved to France to work at Disneyland Paris where she performed as a lead singer in Chanton La Reine De Neiges. In 2016, she returned to the UK to tour with Jackie The Musical before working as Dance Captain and Cover for Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Central Theatre, Chatham.

Danielle was also a member of Seedtime and featured in their production of Lucky Stiff. She performed as Ellewoods from Legally Blonde, Wednesday Addams from Addams Family and Vera from Stepping Out in Seedtime’s Mini Musicals Showcase. She graduated in 2016 and Starlight Express is her first professional musical theatre credit.

View of the 'tracks' that run through the audience in the Starlight Express theatre in BochumView of the 'tracks' that run through the audience in the Starlight Express theatre in Bochum.

Starlight Express is a unique musical in that the whole cast performs on roller skates around a track-like stage. Gemma had a pair of rollerblades as a child and Danielle tried an impromptu practice at a pop-up roller disco but neither had any real roller skating experience before joining the show. But that didn’t matter as the show runs ‘Skate School’, an intensive skating training course designed to get everyone up to speed.

“It was extremely difficult and frustrating, but hilarious and exciting all at the same time,” says Danielle. “It's hands down the most rewarding thing to be able to successfully learn a new skill and put it into practise on a stage like this.”

“As a trained dancer and singer learning a new skill from scratch is tough,” says Gemma. “It didn't just happen. It took months of blood, blisters and bruises! When I got to opening night, I'd never felt a sense of achievement like it.”

Gemma, Danielle and the rest of the class of 'Skate School 2017'Gemma, Danielle and the rest of the class of 'Skate School 2017' on set in Bochum, Germany.

Due to the nature of the show, the girls were well aware of the risk of injury that comes with performing in Starlight Express.

“You have to be so aware of everything at all times,” says Danielle, “We don't say things like 'break a leg', we say 'stay safe' and 'safe race'.

However, the girls say that the thrill skating at high speeds around the track gives them a great feeling of adrenaline and excitement that “overrides how tired you are, how much your body aches or how bad of a day you’re having.” They also get a real rush and sense of achievement when they finish a show unscathed.

Danielle in her swing roles: Top Left - Ashley, Top Right - Buffy, Bottom Left - Volta, Bottom Middle - Joule, Bottom Right - WrenchDanielle in her swing roles:
Top Left - Ashley, Top Right - Buffy,
Bottom Left - Volta, Bottom Middle - Joule, Bottom Right - Wrench.

Due to the higher risk of injury compared to a normal musical, Starlight Express does allow a greater opportunity for its ensemble members to swing as main characters while the main actors recover. Danielle swings as five of the characters; Ashley, Buffy, Volta, Joule and Wrench. Gemma Has recently started swinging as Dinah, Ashley, Wrench and Volta and frequently swings as Pearl, the main female lead!

Gemma in her swing roles: Far Left - Pearl, Middle Left - Dinah, Middle Right - Buffy, Far Right - WrenchGemma in her swing roles:
Far Left - Dinah, Middle Left - Ashley, Middle Right - Wrench, Far Right - Volta.

When asked what advice they would give to aspiring music theatre performers, Danielle says,
“You HAVE to have thick skin and be open minded. Utilise and learn from every audition you go to and don't give up. You have to really want it and give it everything you've got.

Gemma says,
“Believe in yourself. There is no be all and end all job, be open minded.”

Gemma in her swing role of PearlGemma in her swing role of Pearl.

Finally we asked the girls what skills they learnt at LSC that prepared them for the professional world.

Gemma answered,
“Professionalism, integrity and a pretty good brain. I genuinely think I owe a lot of my swing brain to the Matt Mattox technique.”

Danielle said,
"Amongst the obvious skills like technique and stage presence, I really felt like I was prepared to face the outside world by the time I graduated. In 3rd year especially, we were taught what to expect from auditions in both singing and dance rounds and even had opportunities to put what we had learnt into practice in workshops with industry professionals and agent week. Without LSC I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I have done so thank you to everyone at London Studio Centre who helped make me into the performer I am now."

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