Cast & Creatives – Spamalot

Scott Armstrong (Lancelot / The French Taunter / others)

Scott hails from Aberdeen in Scotland and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. His theatre credits include The Twelve Tenors (Luxembourg); Chess (The Royal Albert Hall); Casanova – The Musical (Greenwich Theatre, London); Room on the Broom (UK and International Tours); The Gruffalo (UK Tour and Garrick Theatre, West End) and Beauty and the Beast for Spillers Pantomimes. In 2012, Scott appeared as part of the Ensemble in Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s award winning première production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. He was thrilled to return to PFT in 2014 as one of the eighteen acting ensemble to play the roles of Jeff in the new Scottish Musical Whisky Kisses and Brendan in Liz Lochhead’s Perfect Days. He was honoured to win the Leon Sinden Audience Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Brendan. He has since returned to PFT to play Marvin Shellhammer in Meredith Wilson’s Miracle on 34th Street and Mike Nulty in their 2015 revival production of White Christmas.

Nicole Carlisle (Laker girl / Monk / Dancer)

Nicole trained at Bird College of Performing Arts. Theatre credits include: Ensemble in Starlight Express (Germany); Ensemble in Wonderland (Orchard Theatre); Phylliss Dale in 42nd Street (Gardyne Theatre); Ensemble in Joie De Vivre (Orchard Theatre) and Featured Dancer in CR8 (Studio Theatre).

Anthony Cragg (Male swing) 

Spamalot marks Anthony’s first professional production since graduating from Masters Performing Arts. As a child he appeared in musicals that came through his hometown and got the love from an early age.

At college he performed in musical roles from the likes of Kinky Boots, Witches of Eastwick and American Psycho. Anthony is excited and looking forward to performing in Frankfurt for the first time.

Joe Etherington (Sir Bedevere / Concorde)

Joe recently graduated from the Guildford School of Acting and is making his professional debut in Spamalot. Credits while training: Jack in Into the Woods, Harry in Company, Charles Clarke in Titanic and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.  Theatre credits include: Antonio in Twelfth Night (Petrovden Theatrical Group) and Gavin in Moonfleece (Edinburgh Fringe).

Soophia Foroughi (Lady of the Lake)

Soophia trained at London School of Musical Theatre. Credits include: Guest Vocalist in Russell Watson Songs From the Heart (UK Tour); Mona in A Matter of Life and Death (Citizens Theatre Glasgow); Rhoda in White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Renee in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour); Frau Zeller in The Sound of Music (Qatar); Guest Singer in ERA (Kremlin Palace, Moscow); Guest Vocalist in Michael Ball Sings the Musicals (Abu Dhabi); Guest Vocalist in Michael Ball: Both Sides Now (UK Tour and DVD); Burelli Sister in The Rat Pack, Live From Vegas (Wyndhams Theatre); Magdalena in Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre). Recording credits include: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell no Tales, The Great Wall, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Great Gatsby, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, Kung Fu Panda 2, Twilight – Breaking Dawn, The Book of Life, Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides and Madagascar – Europe’s Most Wanted.

Jemma Geanaus (French guard / Sir Bors / Minstrel / others)

Jemma trained at Masters Performing Arts College. Most recently, she appeared in American Idiot (Arts Theatre and UK Tour). Theatre credits include: Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre); The BFG (Birmingham REP Theatre); Jungle Juke Box ( ZSL London Zoo); Hairspray (York); Bare the Rock Pop Musical (Greenwich Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (Troxy, London). Film/TV credits include: Silk (BBC Series), X Factor, One Man Walking (short film). Pineapple Studios Live Stage includes: London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium), Twerk Du Soleil (Leicester Square Theatre). International tours: Madonna Forever (Indian Tour).

Matthew Gent (Sir Robin / Guard 1 / Brother Maynard)

Matthew trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Bright Lights, Big City (Hoxton Hall); The Hired Man (Landor Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre); The Pirates of Penzance (Hackney Empire/Australian Tour); Taboo (Brixton Club House); The Carnival of the Animals (Riverside Studios); The Water Babies (Leicester Curve); The Last Tango (UK & Ireland Tour). Concerts include: Chess in Concert (Albert Hall); Les Miserables 25th Anniversary (O2 Arena); The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary (Albert Hall); Coronation Street  – the Musical (Friday Night is Music Night). Other: International Singing group The 4Tunes (Hippodrome Casino, P&O Cruises, Cunard Line).

Keith Henderson (French guard / Minstrel / Laker girl / others)

Keith trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Bird College. During training he was a member of the England Tap Team and became World Duo Tap Champion in 2010. Theatre credits include: Ensemble/Peter Pan in Shrek – the Musical (UK Tour); Vocalist for Yarama Thompson Gold; Beauty and the Beast (Shaw Theatre, London); Churchill – The Musical (Lyric Theatre, West End); Bugsy Malone (Secret Cinema); Snow White (PMA Productions) and Thoroughly Modern Musicals (Spa Theatre, Scarborough). TV and film credits include: Casualty (BBC); Chocolat (Miramax) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.) Keith also performed as a dancer in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Nic Kyle (King Arthur)

Nic trained at NASDA, New Zealand.  New Zealand and Australian credits include: The Producers; La Cage Aux Folles; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Assassins; The History Boys; Edward Lyons in Blood Brothers; Emcee in Cabaret; Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz; Leo in In The Next Room; Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar; Chris in the New Zealand première of Miss Saigon; Anthony in Sweeney Todd. The soloist on The Elaine Paige Tour (New Zealand & Australia). London credits include: Robert in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (Battersea Barge); The Colonel in The Grand Tour (Finborough Theatre); Bob Saunders in Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre); Zack in Savage (Upstairs at The Arts); “Black” in Coffin (Drayton Arms); Kevin in Party (Above The Stag) and several acting and directing credits with Secret Cinema.

John McManus ( Historian / Prince Herbert / Not dead Fred / others)

John was born in Edinburgh and moved to London after winning the Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship to train at The Arts Educational School . Theatre credits include: Top Hat (West End & National Tour); Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre, Belfast & Dubia); Scrooge (London Palladium); Grease (West End & National Tour); West Side Story (Prince Edward); The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe (Hampstead Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Scooby Doo Live!  (London Palladium); Jet Set Go! (Jermyn Street Theatre); H.M.S Pinafore and Iolanthe (Chichester Festival Theatre); Cats (International Tour); Miss Saigon (Denmark Arena); When Pigs Fly (Arts Theatre); Sunshine on Leith, The Snow Queen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dundee Rep); Me and My Girl, My Cousin Rachel, The Wind in the Willows, The Slab Boys, Into the Woods (Perth Rep);  My Fair Lady, Doctor Dolittle, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (National Tours). Film and TV: Taboo with Tom Hardy, Sunshine on Leith, Eastenders, Shutter-stock, Scrooge, Taggart, River City, The Bill, Living Dangerously.

Jo Parsons (Galahad / Prince Herbert’s father / others)

Jo trained at Guildford School of Acting. He recently finished playing Grantaire in the 30th anniversary of Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre, West End). Credits include: Pastry Chef in The Drowsy Chaperone (The Gatehouse); the title role in Robin Hood (The Castle Theatre); Tosher in Fings’ Ain’t Wot They Use T’be (The Union); Claude in A Bedfull of Foreigners (UK National Tour); Cover Pirate King in the All Male Pirates of Penzance (Hackney Empire & Australian Tour); Richard Loeb in the award winning Thrill Me (Edinburgh Fringe); Nicky/Trekkie in Avenue Q (Theatre Royal); Nathan Leopold in Thrill Me (Greenwich Theatre & UK Tour); Jack Trot (Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury) and Dick Whittington (Sheffield Lyceum) with Evolution Productions. @Jo_parsons7

George Rae (Patsy / Mayor / Guard 2)

West End/West End Tours credits inlude: Timon/Zazu in The Lion King (UK/Ireland tour); Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (West End, UK Tour); Schlomo in Fame; Rick in A Slice of Saturday Night; Ko- Ko in The Mikado (Carl Rosa USA/Canada Tours). Other performing credits: Mr Two in Adding Machine and Macduff in The Wallace (Finborough Theatre); TJ in Sister Act (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); David in Michael Strassen’s Company (King’s Head Theatre); Man 1 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (King’s Head Theatre and Irish Tour). For Pitlochry Festival Repertory Theatre: George Campbell in the World Première of Whisky Galore – A Musical!; Dvornichek in Rough Crossing; Ralph/Gremio in Kiss Me, Kate; Fraser in The Life of Stuff; Jock in The Servant o’ Twa Maisters and Tim in Noises Off (recipient of the Leon Sinden Best Supporting Actor Award). Television includes Taggart (STV), The Queen’s Golden Jubilee (BBC 1) and An Enchanted Evening (BBC 3). Most recently, George played Otto Kringelein in the award-winning London revival of Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse) where he was nominated for Best Male Performance (The 2016 Off West End Theatre Awards), Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Musical (The Broadway World UK 2016 West End Awards) and Best Actor (2016 West End Wilma Awards).

Katy Stredder (Laker girl / Minstrel)

Katy trained at The London Studio Centre where she was awarded the Tom Merrifield Bursary. Theatre credits include: Ensemble in Mamma Mia (International Tour); Ensemble in The Bodyguard (Adelphie Theatre); Durla in the highly acclaimed The Best little Whorehouse in Texas (London’s Union Theatre). Katy has appeared in panto for two years as ensemble in Jack and The Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty for Bill Kenwright Ltd (Theatre Royal Windsor). She has also played the role of Gracie in the original UK Tour of Angelina Ballerina – the Musical.

Lisa Blair (Director)

Directing credits include: Contractions (Sheffield Crucible); Love Story (RAM); The Man of Mode (Guildhall); Henry V (Cambridge Arts/Marlowe Society); The Hypochondriac (Co-Dir. with Lindsay Posner, Theatre Royal Bath & UK Tour); I Didn’t Always Live Here (Finborough) and Country Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Readings and workshops include: Deathwatch (Print Room); Ariadne and the Minotaur (NT Studio); Stumpergasse 31 (Arcola); The Dim & Popbitch (Theatre 503) and Meteorite (RSC). Associate credits include: The Truth (Menier); The End of Longing (West End); The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead); American Buffalo (West End); The Merchant of Venice (Almeida & RSC); 30 Million Minutes: Dawn French (UK Tour); Other Desert Cities (Old Vic); Henry V (West End); She Stoops to Conquer & A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath); One Man, Two Guvnors (Haymarket); Noises Off (Old Vic & West End); The Homecoming (RSC); The History Boys (Theatre Royal Bath & UK Tour); When We Are Married (West End); The Count of Monte Cristo & The Secret Garden – The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Daniel Smith (Musical Director London)

Dan trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, having first read English Literature at the University of Durham. Recent work as a Musical Director includes Assassins and Saturday Night (London College of Music); Carnaby Street – the Musical (UK tour), followed by Carnaby Street – the Concert Tour; Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty (Loughborough Town Hall); Aladdin, Cinderella and Dick Whittington (The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed); Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatr Colwyn). As a performer, roles include Rupert Cadell in Rope; Harold Palmer in Communicating Doors, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and Lieutenant Rooney in Arsenic and Old Lace (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Charlie in Bubbles (Watermill and UK Tour); Macbeth in Macbeth and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Forum Theatre Company); Abanazar in Aladdin, Cesspit in Jack and the Beanstalk, Ugly Sister in Cinderella and Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington (The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed); Rat Scurvy in Dick Whittington (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre); Abanazar in Aladdin (Loughborough Town Hall). Dan was a member of the chorus, and chorus master, for ITV’s Popstar to Operastar, which included an appearance singing Bat Out of Hell with Meatloaf.

He is also the Artistic Director of Bedfordshire Youth Opera, a unique opportunity for young people to perform full-scale operas alongside one of the UK’s best-regarded youth orchestras. During his tenure he has directed productions of Dido and Aeneas, Trial by Jury, The Magic Flute and Iolanthe.

Leigh Thompson (Musical Director Frankfurt)

MD/Assistant MD credits include: The Producers (UK Tour); Tell Me on a Sunday (UK Tour); Bugle Boy (UK Tour); I Love Paris (Orange Tree; also writer/director); The Westenders (UK and European Tours); The Blue Angel (workshop with Sonia and Maria Friedman); Bernarda Alba (Union – UK première); The Tender Land (Arcola); Edges (Landor); Naked Boys Singing! (King’s Head, Arts Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre); Songs for a New World (New Players); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi); Crazy for You, Me and My Girl (Palladium) and The Boy Friend (Her Majesty’s); Sweet Charity, West Side Story, Candide and The Pajama Game (Tobacco Factory); Company and Assassins (Edinburgh Fringe); Weird Romance (QEH, Bristol – European première). Keyboard/Keyboard Progammer credits include: Into the Woods (Opera North); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour); Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival/UK Tour). Leigh is in demand as a cabaret accompanist, working with Karen Akers, Rosemary Ashe, Janie Dee, Peter Polycarpou, Tiffany Graves, Al Pillay, Klea Blackhurst, and Jeff Harnar, and was for three years the house pianist at The Crazy Coqs/Brasserie Zedél. He has also worked extensively as a music director on cruise ships, travelling to all continents and working with artists such as The Four Aces, The Temptations, Lorna Luft, Claire Sweeney and Iris Williams.

Rebecca Howell (Choreographer)

Rebecca Howell trained at the London Studio Centre. Choreographer credits include: She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory); Tommy (Peter Frosdick Productions); The Glass Menagerie (The English Theatre Frankfurt); Blockbuster (Uk Tour); Falstaff (Royal Opera House); The Taming of the Shrew; As You Like It (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Jest End (Jermyn Street, Players Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre). Associate/Assistant Choreographer credits include: American Psycho (Almeida Theatre & Broadway); Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory & West End); Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Viva Forever (West End); My Fair Lady (St. Petersberg & Théâtre Du Châtelet); We Will Rock You (Netherlands); Billy Elliot (Tap Tutor, West End); La Cage aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End – Tap Consultant); Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); A Little Night Music  (Menier Chocolate Factory & West End); Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End); Bad Girls – The Musical (Playhouse, Leeds); Assassins (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield). Associate/Assistant Choreographer Film, Music & Commercial credits include:  Burberry Festive Event & Burberry Shanghai Event (2014); Pet Shop Boys –  Electric Tour (2013); Pet Shop Boys Pandemonium Tour (2010); Pet Shop Boys –  Brit Awards 2009; Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed and Duffy – Well Well Well (both music videos); Fred Claus (Warner Bros).

Tim McQuillen (Set and Costume Designer)

Recent set design: The Life & Ghost – the Musical (The English Theatre Frankfurt); Carrie – the Musical (Southwark Playhouse); As Is (Trafalgar Studios); Theatre Uncut (Young Vic), Mark Thomas’s Cuckooed(Traverse Theatre, Tricycle & UK Tour); The Wizard of Oz (Southampton and U.S. Tour); The Bread and the Beer (Soho Theatre & Tour); The White Feather – a new Musical (Union Theatre, London); Let It Be (West End, UK Tour & Broadway); When Harry Met Sally (UK Tour); Blue Remembered Hills and Treasure Island (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Mick Hucknall’s European Tour of Tribute to Bobby and original UK Tour of Boy George’s Taboo.

Associate designer credits include: Othello (RSC); Schikaneder (Raimund Theatre, Vienna), Young Chekhov Season (National Theatre); Spring Awakening (Novello); Sinatra (Palladium & UK Tour); Made In Dagenham (Adelphi); Shrek (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Let the Right One in (Royal Court & Apollo).

Directing and designing credits: Art, Of Mice and Men, Harold Pinter’s Celebration and Reasons to be Pretty (Brighton); Magical Mystery Tour (Poland) and Bite Size shorts (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sky Arts TV).

Derek Anderson (Lighting Designer)

Derek trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (First Class Honours Degree in Production Arts). Theatre includes include: What I Go to School for (Theatre Royal Brighton); Allegro, Grand Hotel, Uppercut, Followers (Southwark Playhouse); Hatched n’ Dispatched (Park); Pure Imagination, Scenes from a Marriage, Andrew Lippa in Concert, Marry Me a Little (St James); Sunset Boulevard (Yvonne Arnaud); Rumpelstiltskin (MAC, Belfastand Theatre Royal, Bath); Ignition (Frantic Assembly); WhatsOnStage Awards 2014-2016 (Prince Of Wales); Henry V (Cambridge Arts); Wonderful Town (ArtsEd); The Wedding Singer, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Lowry, Salford); Our Friends, The Enemy (UK Tour); If We Got Some More Cocaine, Portia Coughlan, The Verb to Love, The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Old Red Lion); The Grand Tour, The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution (Finborough); Animal Farm, Hello Again (Mountview); Little Shop of Horrors (Stowe Arts); The Backstage Tour (Hoxton Hotel); The Beautiful Game (Union).

As Associate/Assistant Lighting Designer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Shakespeare in Love, Henry V (Noël Coward); Skylight (Wyndham’s); Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Dragon (National Theatre of Scotland); Le Corsaire (English National Ballet); The Cone Gatherers (UK Tour); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Northampton Royal).

Max Pappenheim (Sound Designer London)

Theatre includes Labyrinth (Hampstead Theatre); Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne Berlin and Royal Court); The Gaul (Hull Truck); Jane Wenham (Out of Joint); Cargo (Arcola Theatre); Toast (Park Theatre and 59E59 Theatres, New York); CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre); Waiting for Godot (Sheffield Crucible); My Eyes Went Dark (Traverse, Edinburgh); Wink (Theatre503); Blue/Heart, Little Light, The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond); Fabric, Invincible (National Tours); The Glass Menagerie, Ghost, Strangers on a Train (The English Theatre, Frankfurt); Usagi Yojimbo, Johnny Got his Gun, Three Sisters, Fiji Land, Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse); Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios); Martine, Black Jesus, Somersaults, The Fear of Breathing (Finborough Theatre); The Faction’s Rep Season 2015 (New Diorama Theatre); Shopera: Carmen (Royal Opera House); Giovanni (Vaults Festival and Beijing International Arts Festival); The Hotel Plays (Langham Hotel, London). As Associate, The Island (Young Vic); Fleabag (Soho Theatre). Regular collaborator with Silent Opera. Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Radio includes Home Front (BBC Radio 4). Nominated for OffWestEnd Awards 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for Best Sound Designer.

Stephan Weber (Sound Designer Frankfurt)

Born in Karlsruhe, Stephan started his theatre career in Ettlingen, where he did the operating and sound design for several musicals at the Schlossfestspiele Ettlingen. He studied audio engineering at the SAE Institute in Munich and since then he has worked as an audio consultant at the Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel and in Oestrich-Winkel near Wiesbaden. He has created sound designs for musicals in other German theatres and has worked with several large productions, including those with live orchestras. For the last 15 years, Stephan’s company has been responsible for providing the audio for the entertainment programmes of several cruise lines like Hapag-Lloyd and TUI Cruises. Stephan has worked for The English Theatre Frankfurt since 2010.

Lia Given (Assistant choreographer)

Lia began training at Twickenham Academy before going on to train professionally at Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre credits: Assistant choreographer Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); Dance Captain Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter); Wicked (UK Tour); Viva Forever (Piccadilly); We Will Rock You (Dominion); West Side Story (50th Anniversary UK and international Tour); Aladdin (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Cinderella (Swan Theatre, High Wycombe); Peter Pan (Bristol Hippodrome/Birmingham Hippodrome) and 42nd Street (IDTA Awards Ceremony). TV Credits: Olivier Awards 2012 and 2015, League of their Own.