Ahead of the opening of Rules For Living at Rose Theatre Kingston, Ed Hughes takes our Sugar Rush

Ed Hughes has a string of stage credits to his name, but is perhaps best known for his television work, which includes appearances in Ripper Street, Drifters, The Honourable Woman and Wallander.

Ed will plays Adam in the English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, but took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz. 

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What are you currently working on?

Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft, directed by the amazing Simon Godwin. A very funny play about a family gathering on Christmas Day where it all starts out well and rapidly deteriorates. I play Adam one of the sons. It’s a great part and the response from the audience has been pretty crazy with the amount of laughter. 

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

Perseverance and faith. There have been times when I have been out of work for extended periods and the doubts start to creep in, whether I will ever work again? Should I try something else? Just by keeping going, working on what I can control, and having faith that it will turn around it always has done. For every low moment it always balances itself out. Also being a bit stubborn helps at times! 

What is your favourite Book?

I have a few but 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I had never been to Colombia when I read it in my twenties and I found it magical and intensely moving. I never dreamed that I would see the world he paints. I then met my wife Andrea Pelaez who is a Colombian choreographer and have been many times, the book has always stayed with me. I have now read it in Spanish which took a while but was even more beautiful.

What are you currently watching on TV? 

Billions. I am a box set junky and on tour you have lots of down time in different towns or between shows so have been ploughing through “Billions”. I have always loved watching Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis. I prefer shows that make you think not just entertain and this is a cracker.

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

Having a toddler means I haven’t gone anywhere very much. So right now am craving a night out at the cinema to see Blade Runner with my wife. When the tour of Rules for Living finishes this is the plan (if it’s still showing).

What’s your favourite sweet? 

I have a chocolate addiction going on so really anything I can get my hands on at times. If I had to pin it down then a pack of Giant Chocolate Buttons.

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

A cricketer. I played cricket for England U19 young colts so all my time was spent playing sport all over the place from the age of 14-19. But then I decided to go to Drama School at 18 and got into The Guildhall School of Music and Drama so that put an end to the cricket.

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

I grew up in the country near Ipswich so spent a lot of time with friends on farms we used to drive a Citroen 2CV around at the age of 12 and had air guns which was pretty crazy thinking back but a lot of fun at the time.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Playing Fred Silvester in the original production of This House at the National Theatre. We opened at the Cottlesloe Theatre (now Dorfman) and it kept growing from there to the Olivier and West End. It was a special play by James Graham and group of people with Jeremy Herrin directing. I felt very proud of the show and all we did.

What’s next?

I direct as well as act, so am directing A Chorus Line at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for their final year musical in January. We are in the design process at the moment and will start doing auditions soon. I always love to juggle multiple projects at the same time and to get the chance to work on a classic musical is a privilege.

 

Rose Theatre Kingston

7 – 18 November

Box office: 020 8174 0090

www.rosetheatrekingston.org

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Ahead of her Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale House, Shona White takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

West End favourite Shona White is set to thrill audiences with her dazzling vocals next weekend when she performs a very special cabaret at Lauderdale House. The songstress – who is perhaps best known for her portrayals of Elphaba in Wicked and Donna in MAMMA MIA! – will headline the Cabaret at Tea Time event and will be supported by London stage stars Stewart Briggs and Tim McArthur.

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Shona took some time off from her preparations to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I have been enjoying exploring new work, most recently Page to Stage at The Other Palace and The Break at The Arts Theatre. There is a lot of exciting new writing out there at the moment. I’m also gearing up for my next Lauderdale House cabaret which is this Sunday 15th.

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

I think after 20 years in this crazy business it must be tenacity! This is not the easiest profession to work in but I’m still here!

  1. What is your favourite Book?

I always find these questions hard to answer as there are so many good books/songs/films!  My favourite book I have read fairly recently is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I have subsequently watched the movie but the book was far superior as is often the case. I have her new one ready to go! I don’t often find time to read but when I do I love a good autobiography.

  1. What are you currently watching on TV?

There is so much good British drama on at the moment. I have just finished Dr Foster. I watched the first season on catch up so I could watch season 2 with the nation. Fantastic acting! I hope there will be a 3rd as they left me wanting more…

I’m also enjoying Liar.

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

That’s hard as I love all 3! I guess if pushed I’d have to say restaurant. One of my favourite things to do is dine out. I’m a real foodie!

  1. What’s your favourite sweet?

Dessert or sweetie? Dessert anything salted caramel at the moment! Sweets I love a simple Dairy Milk bar or Haribo. I have a sweet tooth!

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

 An air hostess as I thought it was super glamorous!

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

I have always been attracted to shiny things and as a little girl on a trip to our village chemist with my mum, unbeknownst to her, I took glittery nail polishes from the shelf. My mum was mortified when she found them and marched me straight back to own up and apologise!

  1. What is your proudest achievement to date?

There are so many shows and parts I am proud of. I’ve been around a long time! My favourite role was probably Florence in Chess. Nothing makes me prouder than making my parents proud though! Not that I want to make people cry but when they are in the audience a few tears of pride give me a reason to keep doing what I’m doing.

  1. What’s next?

There are a few new shows coming up next year I’ve got my eye on!

For now I’m keeping busy with solo projects. I am also an Ambassador for Adoption UK, an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music and I may have another position to add to my list very soon! Watch this space…

In homage to Lauderdale House’s glorious past – after the House was restored in 1893 it served as the Waterlow Park tearoom for 70 years- they have introduced a Cabaret at Tea Time with a ticket offer that combines afternoon tea plus cabaret ticket.

You can join Shona White for Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale on Sunday 15 October at 15:30. You can find more details on the website http://www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk/page.asp?ID=2494&PID=1&PVID=3240

Little Moe, Idriss Kargbo takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Idriss Kargbo really has had a life on the stage. From playing young Simba in Lion King at an early age, the triple threat performer has hardly been away from the West End and with other credits including Thriller Live and Oliver! under his belt even before he had left school, a career in musical theatre seemed almost inevitable.

Idriss joined the 10th anniversary cast of Wicked last year to portray the Munchkin Boq and is now preparing to play Little Moe in Five Guys Named Moe at the brand new pop-up theatre at Marble Arch.

Idriss took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

Five Guys Named Moe

 

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

Confidence

 

What is your favourite Book?

The Tracy Beaker books by Jacqueline Wilson

 

What are you currently watching on TV? 

I’ve just started to re-watch Sex and the City box sets

 

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

Theatre, always

 

What’s your favourite sweet? 

I would say a fruit pastel

 

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

An actor, performer, musician, all of the entertainment things

 

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

I just didn’t have the time! I remember one time I got detention because I was dared to push over a girl when she came past.

 

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

My proudest achievement to date is being the first black person to play Boq in Wicked.

 

What’s next? 

The world hopefully and everything beyond, but we’ll see.

 

Five Guys Named Moe is running at the Marble Arch Theatre from 29 August until 25 November.  

West End leading lady Emma Hatton takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

From starring in We Will Rock You to Evita, with Wicked along the way, Emma Hatton has cemented her position as one of the most sought after West End leading ladies in recent years.

But the ultra talented performer is also an acclaimed jazz singer and will be showcasing her sultry vocals at the Pizza Express Live in Birmingham and at the newly opened venue in Holborn later this year.

Emma is currently playing Eva Peron in Evita at the Phoenix Theatre and took some time off to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

My set list for my Pizza Express jazz gigs in October.

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

Support from my friends and family.

What is your favourite Book?

Little Women.

What are you currently watching on TV? 

The Affair.

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

Restaurant, I love food.

What’s your favourite sweet? 

The Strawbs from Candyking, but they’ve changed the ingredients so they’re not so nice anymore.

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

A window cleaner or a jockey.

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

I bit my sister.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

I would probably say being moved up from standby to fulltime Elphaba.

What’s next? 

I’ve got my gigs at the Pizza Express on October 21st and 22nd.

Emma Hatton will be performing at Pizza Express Live Birmingham on 21 October 8:30pm and Pizza Express Live Holborn on 22 October 8pm. https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/emma-hatton

Carley Stenson takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Carley Stenson first rose to fame as Steph Cunningham in the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks, but went on to star in the big budget stage musicals Legally Blond, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot and as Princess Fiona in Shrek.

She is now playing the iconic role of Fantine in Les Misérables and is one half of a Musical Theatre power couple, as her fiancé Danny Mac has just finished in On the Town at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and is about to star in Sunset Boulevard.

Carley took some time off to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

Les Miz

 

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

My family and friends support.

 

What is your favourite Book?

I loved the BFG when I was little and To Kill a Mockingbird

 

What are you currently watching on TV? 

We’ve been watching Suits and I love Nashville.

 

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

We try and squeeze it all in, but because we’re stagey we’d probably say dinner and then the theatre.

 

What’s your favourite sweet? 

I really like vegie Reversy Percys

 

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

This!

 

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

I wasn’t that naughty, I was just a bit thick sometimes (which is no surprise if anyone knows me). I remember I used to have a habit of locking doors, either when I was in them or on the outside and I locked my uncle in the bathroom once and didn’t tell anyone and he was banging for ages. I remember when I was in South Africa – we were living over there, so I was about 5 – Rand, which was like a 50 pence piece over here. I had a game where I would throw it at the chandelier and the goal was to hit it, but I didn’t realise that the chandelier would smash. My Aunty, bless her, she loves me now but she hated me then.

 

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

It would be quite easy to say the career I’ve had but I think your friends say a lot about you so I’d have to say the company I keep.

 

What’s next? 

I’m contracted for a year in Les Miz, so that’s a while off, but I am getting married at the end of August so that’s my focus at the moment.

 

You can see Carley Stenson in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue www.lesmis.com

Singer-songwriter Ben Adams takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

After gaining worldwide fame in the 1990s with boyband A1 and accruing numerous accolades including a Brit award, Ben Adams made the move to songwriting. As well as writing hits for other artists, Ben has written a new musical called Eugenius, which was showcased at the London Palladium and will open in the West End early next year.

His celebrity status has also meant he has courted the reality television circuit and came fifth in the 2009 series of Celebrity Big Brother and second in the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing, an achievement which will stand him in good stead for his latest role, opposite Strictly champion Joanne Clifton in Flashdance the Musical.

The show opens in Glasgow this week before embarking on a nationwide tour and Ben took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

Flashdance the Musical.

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

Music.

What is your favourite Book?

I haven’t read a book since I was 15!

What are you currently watching on TV? 

The Handmaid’s Tale

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

Theatre

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Fizzy Cola Bottles

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

Only ever a singer

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

I drew a smiley face for my mum on her new chocolate brown carpet with toothpaste.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Winning a Brit Award

What’s next? 

I have a solo album coming out in January and Eugenius is on in March next year.

Flashdance the Musical opens this week at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow and will visit the New Wimbledon Theatre from 2 – 7 October 

Flashdance star Joanne Clifton Takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

After winning the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing with Ore Oduba, Joanne Clifton took on the title role in the touring production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The change to a career in musical theatre is something the performer has always wanted and following the success of the show, Joanne is once again taking to the stage to lead a new production of Flashdance the Musical.

Based on the classic 1980s film, the stage show follows a young welder who longs to be a dancer. Former World Ballroom Showdance Champion, Joanne will play the iconic role alongside Ben Adams when the musical tours the UK.

Joanne took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

Flashdance The Musical

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

My parent’s advice

What is your favourite Book?

I haven’t got a favourite book but I’ve got a favourite writer, Michael Connelly.

What are you currently watching on TV? 

Love Island, but it’s just finished.

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

Theatre

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Iced Gems, but I don’t know if they do them anymore.

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

A lorry driver. I wanted to take mushrooms around in a lorry. I’d designed my own lorry; it was white with a blue mushroom saying Joanne’s Mushrooms.

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

I wasn’t that naughty, Kevin was the naughty one. I got told off because I got up, put the bath on and then went back to bed. It flooded the whole house.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Probably winning the World Championship but also becoming Strictly champion

What’s next? 

I have two shows lined up but I can’t say anything about them yet.

Flashdance the Musical begins a tour of the UK this week. You can find details of the venues and dates on the website http://www.flashdanceuktour.co.uk

Abandoman’s Rob Broderick takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Rob Broderick is one half of the comedy Hip-hop duo Abandoman, who are well-known for their lightening quick improvised rap. Alongside his on-stage partner Sam Wilson, Rob is about to perform at Edinburgh and is writing a brand new show for the Soho Theatre in September. Rob took some time off from his preparations to take our Sugar Rush Quiz

What are you currently working on?

A new written Hip-hop musical that is going to be animated and, fingers crossed, a lot of fun.

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

Working with other people is the best thing. Comedy is very solo and I adore working with other people. It’s what makes the job fun and it’s what makes creativity easier.

What is your favourite Book?

Have Gun Will Travel: Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records by Ronin Ro

What are you currently watching on TV? 

A Stephen Colbert show about Trump. Since Trump became president I’ve become addicted to Colbert. I watch it and hope he’s going to be impeached every day. It’s fascinating because it’s a real voice of the resistance but it’s also tragic. I still find the whole Trump thing quite weird and so Colbert is like my release valve to that world.

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

It’s a toss-up between the cinema and the theatre, depending on how good the narrative sounds to me. I like theatre when it’s quite modern. I come from a family that likes Chekov plays that are set quite a long time ago. I feel like if a play has a modern feel to it, I’m the most excited.

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Maltesers

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

A baker or a clown. With a baker I really didn’t imagine there would be much selling. I thought I’d be doing a lot of baking and then consuming my produce. I wasn’t interested in making cash; it was just the cake access.

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

I shouted at a man cleaning a window once and I don’t why. I think I wanted to show off to someone and afterwards I never felt more guilty.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

I have moments at festivals as a performer where I go, “This is great, and this is what I wanted to do as a teenager.” So there are moments when I acknowledge that my job is to rap and I’m very proud of that.

What’s next? 

I’m going to be focusing on writing as well as freestyling. For 10 years I have run from writing. I find freestyling is something I’m naturally capable at and I’ve never really had the patience to sit down and write. I don’t think I’ve never really given it enough time to blossom, so the next thing is trying to create a fun written Hip-hop musical.

Abandoman will perform Life + Rhymes at the Soho Theatre from 14th-16th September

MAMMA MIA! star Tyler Kennington takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Tyler Kennington first entered the world of show business at the tender age of two. The son of an acclaimed stunt coordinator the young star went on to work onstage with the likes of Jodie Prenger, Kerry Ellis and Griff Rhys Jones in the revival of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and in the television series Camelot alongside Joseph Fiennes.

Tyler has recently returned to the West End as part of the new cast of MAMMA MIA! at the Novello Theatre and took some time off to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

MAMMA MIA!

Tyler Kennington (in purple) with the MAMMA MIA! London Cast 2017/2018. Photo by Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

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

Support from my family

What is your favourite Book?

Cell By Steven King

What are you currently watching on TV? 

I’ve just finished watching Riverdale on Netflix

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

Theatre

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Bubblegum bottles or fizzy laces

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

A stuntman like my dad

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

I sprayed fire extinguishers around the building when I was at Italia Conti. That was quite naughty!

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Getting the role in MAMMA MIA!

What’s next? 

I’m training to do stunt work. There are six skills that you have to be able to do semi-professionally, so I’ve set my goal to do that and I’m learning kung Fu. I’d also love to do another show. I’m not sure what, but maybe The Book of Mormon.

MAMMA MIA! is running at the Novello Theatre 

Blues Brother Joshua Mumby takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Trafalgar Square was rockin’ last month when the Blues Brothers took to the stage for West End Live. The show has returned to London for a summer special at the Hippodrome Casino and with its acclaimed band led by Jake and Elwood, audiences are in for a real treat.

Joshua Mumby plays Elwood in the musical spectacular, which features a whole host of soul classics including ‘Dancing in the Street’, ‘Soul Man’ and the song synonymous with the Blues Brothers, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’.

Joshua took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

The Blues Brothers Summer Special

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

Hard Work

What is your favourite Book?

Judy Dench’s autobiography

What are you currently watching on TV? 

Game of Thrones

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

Theatre

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Crunchie

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

An Actor

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

That’s’ a really hard one. I don’t’ think I was a very naughty child but I guess annoying my sisters was probably the naughtiest thing I did.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Performing at West End Live

What’s next? 

A holiday and then a pantomime. I’m playing Aladdin in Aladdin at Bradford Playhouse.

Blues Brothers – Summer Special runs at the Hippodrome Leicester Square until 26 August.