Post-Show Drinks, a musical theatre podcast showcasing actors from the West End and beyond.

In this episode, Connor and Catherine sit down with Olivier Award-winning, Phantom of the Opera star David Thaxton.

David tells us about how he got into the industry from his early days in amateur dramatics with KLODS; King’s Lynn Operatic and Drama Society, to performing at the opening of the Millennium Centre to then making his west end debut in Les Misérables. We speak about his role as Phantom in Phantom of the Opera as well as about founding W1 Workshops with his wife Nancy Sullivan back in 2012.

Throughout this podcast, David Thaxton gives key advice about trying to forge a career in the industry as well as looking after your own mental health.

Listen to the episode below or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

  • 0:00 – 2:44 – Where did it all begin? “Before Radiohead and Girls – I just loved Musical Theatre”. From music being a key part in family life to then joining KLODS; King’s Lynn Operatic and Drama Society. David speaks about performing his first musical Lionel Bart’s Blitz.
  • 4:45 – 7:29 – David speaks about studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff studying a vocal studies degree. As well as being part of Tim Rhys-Evans’ Only Men Aloud Choir and being part of the opening of the Millennium Centre.
  • 7:30 – 11:19 – David tells us more about meeting director Ken Caswell at the after show party of the Millennium Centre and getting an audition for Miss Saigon UK Tour but then making his West Debut in Les Misérables.
  • 11:20 – 13:11 – Find out more about David’s (and Ken’s Advice) for auditioning.
  • 13:12 – 23:59 – We learn more more about W1 Workshops which David founded with his wife Nancy Sullivan back in 2012.
  • 24:00 – 29:00 – We speak about the importance of speaking about Mental Health within the Arts Industry.
  • 29:01 – 33:59 – We learn more about how he and Nancy balance their professional careers with W1 Workshops and speaks about his band Divisions.
  • 34:00 – 40:26 – David speaks about his passion for the Arts Industry and advice to actors about being in an audition room.

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