Rising stars in the West End: Ones to watch on stage
As well as some of the biggest theatre stars currently in West End productions, there’s plenty of rising stars to watch out for. Previously understudying roles or making their West End debuts, here’s our picks for West End stars making their mark on stage, as well as performers we can’t wait to see in shows across London.
Rising West End stars on stage
Aimie Atkinson as Vivian Ward
Best known for her Olivier Award-nominated performance as Katherine Howard in Six, we’re loving Aimie Atkinson as Vivian Ward in the West End premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical. Throughout her acting career, she’s appeared in the London premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, but we can’t wait to see Aimie rise to West End superstardom at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Laura Pick as Elphaba
Recently taking over the role of Elphaba at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, you’ll want to see Laura Pick defy gravity in the West End. Elphaba’s a coveted West End role, with Pick joining Idina Menzel, Louise Dearman and Alice Fearn to have played the Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked marks her first West End production, previously appearing in Anyone Can Whistle and The Sound of Music, so make sure you see this rising star in her West End leading lady debut.
Miriam-Teak Lee as Juliet
Once a lovestruck teenager, see Miriam-Teak Lee portray Juliet like never before in the world premiere of & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Previously, Teak Lee’s been a member of the original London Hamilton cast and given an award-winning performance in On The Town, but now’s your chance to see her set the West End alight and prove that when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo…
Actresses we can’t wait to see in the West End
Nicola Roberts as Avril/Mallory
Best known as one-fifth of British pop band Girls Aloud, we can’t wait to see Nicola Roberts make her West End debut in City of Angels. She’ll play Avril/Mallory in the jazzy, glamourous musical, where real life and a Hollywood screenplay are played out in tandem, with actors doubling up to play characters in the real world and in the film world. With a line-up of West End stars including Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser, as well as television stars Vanessa Williams and Theo Stone, you’ll want to see this critically-acclaimed transfer at the Garrick Theatre.
Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad
Continuing the tradition of casting a West End newcomer in the role of Tracy Turnblad, we’re excited for Lizzie Bea to lead the Hairspray cast at the London Coliseum. She’s recently starred in a national tour of Kinky Boots and in a festival at The Other Palace celebrating shows from page to stage. But now she’ll be appearing alongside the Olivier Award-winning actor Michael Ball as Edna Turnblad, so make sure you see Lizzie Bea in Hairspray this summer.
Grace Molony as Emma Watson
After a critically-acclaimed performance as the titular character in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre, make sure you see Grace Molony at the Harold Pinter Theatre later this year. She’ll reprise the role of Emma Watson in Laura Wade’s The Watsons, a comedy play adapting Jane Austen’s unfinished novel that fuses Victorian and contemporary storytelling together.
West End stars on stage