Judy! star Lucy Penrose takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Following a hugely successful run at Southwark Playhouse last year, a show celebrating the life  and career of Judy Garland will transfer to the West End next month. Entitled simply Judy! the show will once again star a trio of talented performers who portray the icon in an overlapping story of three ages of Judy. Lucy Penrose is playing Young Judy, an innocent girl filled with hope and excitement as she heads toward her life-changing performance in The Wizard of Oz. Judy! marks Lucy’s West End debut and so we thought we would get to know her a little better by challenging her to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

1. What are you currently working on?

I am currently playing Young Judy Garland in Judy! On at the Arts Theatre in the West End from 16th May – 17th June

2. What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful? 

I think I’m too young in this industry to use the word successful as you never know what can happen, but what has helped me so far, has been to keep a grounded work ethic. I’m definitely a ‘geek’ and in high school could be found in the library at lunch times. I’ve always enjoyed working hard.

3. What is your favourite Book?

Sabriel by Garth Nix. I love the way that Garth Nix writes fantasy action, and that the lead kick ass character just happens to be a woman, a great role model for young girls.

4. What are you currently watching on TV? 

I’m a big Netflix fan. I just finished watching Hannibal, I’m a big fan of true crime and crime shows, I am fascinated by human psychology, and Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal is pure genius.

5. Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out? 

I know this is controversial considering I’m an actor, but I have to say a restaurant is my idea of the perfect a night out, but the theatre and cinema are in very close second. I’m a sociable person and due to everyone’s mad schedules I don’t get to see my friends as often as I would like, so I cherish that time. Also people watching can be one of the most useful tools as an actor when developing a character.

6. What’s your favourite sweet? 

I’m more of a chocolate girl, but I will never say no to the strawberry Fruit pastels. 

7. What did you want to be when you were a child? 

I know this is dull, but I wanted to be an actor. I used to learn all the words to a film and then perform it to my teddies, speaking along with the movie whilst it played in the background.

8. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child? 

My sister was always the naughty one, I’m sure she will agree with me. I have to admit I’m  a goody two shoes, I’ve never even had a detention. But I once ate a bit of raw cake mix, my mum saw and being a nurse told me about salmonella, to this day if my housemate is baking and she asks me to try the mix, I have to tell my mum. Like I said goody two shoes, (my housemate finds this hilarious).

9. What is your proudest achievement to date? 

The opening night of Judy! (then called Through The Mill) at the Southwark Playhouse at the bows, we had our first of many standing ovations. I can’t describe it but will cherish that feeling for the rest of my life.

10. What’s next?

Who knows, hopefully it will involve more stage lights and line learning.

Judy! will run at the Arts Theatre from 16th May until 17th June 2017. 

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