11 July 2019

Rachael Andrews Favourite Perfomer - Luke Latchman

In a new series on my blog, I'm working with YOU the readers to share their thoughts on their favourite shows, first shows or favourite performers. Up first lovely Rachael has written all about her favourite performer, Luke Latchman who is currently appearing in Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre in London.

Rachael meeting Luke. Photo by Rachael Andrews.
One of my favourite performers in the west end comes from my all-time favourite show ‘everybody’s talking about Jamie’. 

Each night in the west end Luke Latchman gets to portray such a wonderful and joyful character called Sayid who is a classmate of Jamie New. Lukes Portrayal of Sayid means that he brings some sass, confidence and vulnerability to the role, often leaving the audience in stitches with the way he presents his one-liners throughout the show.

Both on and off stage Luke is just such a wonderfully funny person who radiates happiness to everyone around him.

On top of smashing Sayid each night, he’s also the understudy for the leading man himself Jamie New. Luke’s Jamie holds such a special place in my heart and I’m so grateful that I’ve been given the chance to see him pour his heart and soul into a role that clearly means so much to so many people. 
When Luke performs as Jamie he connects with the audience on so many levels, he has the ability to lure you in from the moment he first walks on that stage. He tells such a beautiful story with so much passion, love, Grace, joy and he takes us on a journey through the motions. His version of Jamie New is so sassy, which runs both through his acting and his singing, often bringing in riffs and more recently as I’ve found Lukes confidence growing he has a sing-song voice in some places throughout the show which I think is such a major difference compared to some of the amazing actors that have previously taken on the role including John McCrea and Luke Bayer. 

Luke is fresh out of one of the best drama schools in London and to be a leading man on the west end so soon is such an amazing achievement. Luke Latchman is a name to watch out for In the west end over the next few years.  

Rachael meeting Luke. Photo by Rachael Andrews.
Luke is also one of the most kindhearted, adorable and loving performers I have ever met. If you manage to catch him at Stagedoor he’s always so bright and bubbly, even after a two-show day and a west end live/ pride performance, and has an energy and happiness that is just so contagious that you’ll still be smiling for hours after you’ve met him!  

So in the last words, Luke I’m so proud of you and how far you’ve come in such a short time. Thank you for all the laughs and love at the stage door and on stage. keep being that shining star that you are :)

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