When does Anton return as enjolras? Im seeing the play in may and was hoping id see oliver as him instead?
— Anonymous  

Looks like Anton’s holidays in May are 22nd-24th inclusive, so if you want to see Oliver, those are your best shots!

April  23   ( + )

lets party like it’s 1832

April  22   •  5439  •   via   ( + )

Interview with West End Marius, Rob Houchen!

Rob Houchen kindly agreed to answering a few questions from fans, and after you guys sent them in, I compiled them and got to asking him them!

Hi there! So my first question is what first inspired you to start acting and singing?

Hi! In all honesty i started performing at a really late age when I took up Musical Theatre for an enrichment choice at sixth form college, me & my friends just did it for fun but one day they heard me singing and made me do a couple of solo’s, which were seen by my family at the end of the course, who said i should join a local amateur dramatics society, as we all do! I loved it, but still had no intention of drama school, i always planned on doing a graphic design course at university. But whilst applying for universities, i applied for drama schools, and got into Central St Martins & Guildford School of Acting, so at that point i had to choose, went with my heart and chose acting, which luckily worked out!

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April  21   •  51  •   ( + )
How do you make conversation at the stage door. I'm really awkward talking to people
— Anonymous  

It’s ok!! Most of us are!! :)

I think a lot of it is just thinking to yourself “ok just go for it, what do I have to lose?” because I mean, most people are nervous and awkward stage dooring (I know I am inexplicably with certain cast members and not others, for no reason other than me being awkward). Plus, most of the cast are super kind, and will make you feel really comfortable. I know in particular in my experience, Lee, Katy, Jenny and Josie have been so comfortable and friendly that all my awkwardness pretty much melted away.

I suppose my advice would be don’t be afraid to approach, and from there the conversation will usually happen naturally. Walk up with something specific in mind to say (maybe asking them to sign something etc) and it’ll happen!

April  21   ( + )
Is it ok to ask for hugs at stage door?
— Anonymous  

See, I find it honestly hard to answer this question because it’s SO a case of whether it feels ok in the moment, and who you’re talking to and basically just how the whole conversation feels?

I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen anyone who’s asked for a hug be denied one with this cast - all of them, as far as I know, have been ok with that sort of thing. Some of them have even asked fans for hugs, and sometimes when you’re familiar with them and they kind of half know you, they’ll just go in for hugs themselves. So I’ll be honest, I think you’re ok with asking for hugs with this cast.

But it always will be with that sort of thing, a case of making a decision as you’re there. If it feels comfortable enough, then I’d say it’s probably ok to ask - it’s your judgement really, in the moment, of whether it’s appropriate or not. And I trust that if you’re the sort of person who understands personal boundaries enough to ask this question, you’ll know when it’s ok to ask :)

April  17   •  2  •   ( + )
This blog is superb, thank you xxx

Thank you, I try my best!

April  16   ( + )
Presume James Gant's staying, as he just tweeted about cast change rehearsals, which is great because he's fab :)
— Anonymous  

Yes I saw this and everyone who’s seen the tweet seems to be in agreement!

Looks like we’re keeping James Gant for a little bit longer, which is absolute great news!

April  16   •  5  •   ( + )
Are dougie and Rosanna dating?
— Anonymous  

No, both of them are single as far as I know. Not that it’s really any of my business anyway.

April  16   •  1  •   ( + )

Rosanna Bates (2nd cover) will be on for Fantine today!

April  15   •  5  •   ( + )
Do you know of any understudies on in May? :)
— Anonymous  

Jade Davies will be on for Cosette on 8th-10th, and I think Jonny Purchase should be on for Marius on 19th.

April  15   ( + )