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

In this episode, Connor and Catherine sit down with West End star Luke Johnson.

Luke talks about training as a gymnast before entering the world of musical theatre, first at Newcastle College and then at Laine Theatre Arts. We speak about the many roles in his career so far including Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal Dury Lane, The Light Princess at the National Theatre and The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

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Show notes:

0:00 – 10:11 – Where did it all begin? Luke tells us more about starting out as a gymnast before studying contemporary dance at Newcastle College, before training in musical theatre at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey.

10:12 – 24:35 – We learn more about Luke’s first show Boogie Nights. Luke then tell us about his first West End show which was Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He tells us about his journey from the first day of rehearsals from 3 Mills Studios through to performances.

24:36 – 28:29 – Luke tells us about one of his career highlights post Lord of the Rings, which was The Light Princess with Rosalie Craig at The National Theatre. We also learn that Luke went back to university to train as a sound engineer.

28:30 – 35:59 – We speak about Luke’s time being apart of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s – The Wizard Of Oz at The London Palladium. We discuss why the role of a Swing is so important within a show. Luke also tells us more about working at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

36:00 – 43:20 – In standard Post-Show Drinks fashion we find out Luke’s dream role and how he would sum up his career to date.


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