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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 :)
The classic musical gets an all-star concert staging at the Gielgud Theatre.
With the renovations currently ongoing at the newly renamed Sondheim Theatre the Les Mis creatives decided to stage a 16 week run in concert format at the next door Gielgud Theatre to keep the show running during this period. The set up is similar to that of the O2 25th-anniversary concerts and it's a masterpiece.
Alfie Boe leads the cast as Jean Valjean. Watching him in this role is special. He is perfectly cast here. His gorgeous vocals soar throughout. His genuinely haunting rendition of "Bring Him Home" stopped the show. He gives everything to the character. I was fortunate enough to be watching from the second row of the stalls and seeing and hearing him from this close proximity made the whole experience even more special.
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Nick Winston's production delights from the start, his choreography is pulled off excellently by a large company in a small space. Philip Witcomb's art deco inspired set is effective although the doors used for entrance and exit points could have been quieter.
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Actor Kristian Lavercombe is most known for performing around the world as Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Show. His other stage credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Auckland Theatre Company), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Downstage Theatre) and Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. Kristian has recently completed the 2019 UK tour of Rocky Horror and will join the South Africa cast for their forthcoming runs in Cape Town (6th December 2019 - 12th January 2020) and Johannesburg (17th January 2020 - 1st March 2020).
Kristian very kindly took time out his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. Q: You've performed the role of Riff Raff for some years now and over 1500 times. How did you go about the challenge of creating your own version of the iconic Riff Raff? A: I’d already had a reasonable history with Rocky Horror by the time I started playing Riff Raff. When I was a teenager I remember getting together with my friends on a Saturday night and watching t…