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Top 10 UK Celebrities We'd Like To See In The West End

Wednesday, 5th Aug 2015

The West End offers a career-defining moment for many celebrities and it’s a true test of one’s acting ability and endurance. With a pretty lengthy list of celebrities currently gracing our West End theatre stages, we’ve been thinking of some home-grown talent that would be great theatre choices either now or in the future. So here we go…

Idris Elba: In 2015 this fine English actor was named as one of GQ’s 50 Best Dressed British Men. As a leading film and TV star we think he has what it takes to claim centre stage at a West End show. 
Only last year, Idris Elba reportedly said he wanted to do a musical so this could be a real highlight if he does decide to do a West End production. Perhaps Phantom of the Opera will be in his sights?  

Jenna Coleman: As Dr Who’s current sultry sidekick, we think Jenna would be fantastic at the West End. As a child she performed in Summer Holiday with Darren Day in her home town of Blackpool, so she will be no stranger to theatre production. We think she could be the next star of Breakfast at Tiffany's (currently running with Pixie Lott as the lead) or perhaps she could play something more classical in the form of Jane Eyre.   

Sacha Baron Cohen: Sacha Baron Cohen has come quite far since his days as the outspoken Ali G. His excellent portrayal of Signor Pirelli in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a great example of how he could make the easy move to West End theatre. With reports of him doing a Freddie Mercury biopic soon, we think he could also take centre stage in something as diverse as The Woman in Black or The Merchant of Venice.   

Joe Thomas: Everyone’s favourite Inbetweener has ventured into various other TV roles but so far hasn’t transitioned to the West End stage. There’s huge potential for him though, just imagine him in a classic Alan Ayckbourn production such as Absent Friends. His dry wit and sense of humour would be perfect for any Alan Ayckbourn show!   

Paddy Considine: Paddy Considine is the star we know from This Is England and Simon Pegg films The World’s End and Hot Fuzz. As an acclaimed British actor he offers versatility and could suit many different theatre roles. Openly quite a private family man, it would be an interesting move if he did decide to do a West End show. We reckon The Railway Children would be good, and perhaps he could play Perks?  

Kayvan Novak: The name may not sound familiar but his acting persona will be; remember Facejacker and Fonejacker? Kayvan is the brains behind these hilarious prank shows that landed on our TV screens a few years ago. Since they ended, he’s appeared in a number of TV shows and films but has yet to transition across to the theatre. We think he would be superb in a theatre comedy such as The Importance Of Being Earnest.    

Adele: She is a leading lady in her own right, so who better to grace the West End stage than Adele? That powerful voice would lend itself perfectly to a big, rousing musical such as Mamma Mia, Evita or Chicago.   

Robbie Williams: He may have showcased his One Night at the Palladium at the West End, but Robbie Williams is yet to cross into the world of theatre himself. The ex-Take That star has the charisma, voice and personality to be a big hit at the West End and it would be great to see him shine. We think he would be fantastic in a gritty musical such as West End Story or Blood Brothers.   

Paloma Faith: This leading British songstress has a heap of accolades under her belt but the West End is yet to be conquered! A couple of years ago she reportedly told the Manchester Evening News that she believed her songs deserved their own West End show, and rightly so we say! However, recent rumours suggest that Paloma may be set to make a guest appearance in Gary Barlow’s musical theatre production, Finding Neverland, which is hoping to make its West End debut straight from Broadway in 2016. We can’t wait!   

Tom Hardy: With a screen presence that could rival any fine English acting legends, Tom Hardy has that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes him a perfect choice for the West End stage. His effortless, captivating acting style would make him a fantastic addition to a West End show, whether it’s Phantom of the Opera or a classic Shakespearean play like Hamlet.


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