RENÉE LEVI PLAYS JULIET FOR YSC
Another graduate from St. Mary’s, Twickenham (I like it there!), I first met Renée in late 2017 and was initially impressed by her wit and fierce intelligence. She completely blew me away at her graduating showcase in 2018 and I was thrilled that she chose me to represent her.
Matching the client to the job is really important to me and after graduation Renée showed an increasing interest in working with young people. She, like me, feels that representation and putting back is important so the Young Shakespeare Company seemed like a natural fit. She thought they were “the loveliest people in the world” when she first auditioned for them. Lucky for us, the YSC thought the same about her and cast her as Juliet in their current tour of Romeo & Juliet.
Touring schools in the UK at the moment, she’s super excited to be taking Romeo & Juliet out to Gibraltar later in the year.
MAX HUTCHINSON RULES THE WORLD
What can I say about the charming, dashing, and debonair Max Hutchinson? We’ve been working together on and off for a few years now; we booked his role in Downton Abbey together and then, when his agent unexpectedly left the industry, I was privileged enough to be his first call.
In the short space of time since Max joined me at JBR Creative Management we’ve seen the release of Downton Abbey, he’s booked a commercial for Tommee Tippee, landed the role of The Actor in Woman In Black in the West End (a dream job and real bucket list moment for him), and next month has another feature film coming out, Dream Horse, in which he plays James Lingford opposite Toni Collette.
With him settled in to Woman in Black for the next year it would be easy for him to sit back and enjoy a bit of a break. Not Max. A true all-round creative, he’s already working on several very exciting projects and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him.
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SOMETHING WICKER THIS WAY COMES
Advice. If you’re thinking about representing your husband, maybe think again. Agenting is an all-consuming job at the best of times without pillow-talk involving a discussion on which headshot best captures your loved one.
All that said, I can’t imagine anyone being more proud of Rhys Jennings than I am. Watching him grow and develop over the last twelve years has been an incredibly joyful experience. I never imagined that in addition to building a great CV as an actor, including a number of West End jobs, he would also become an award-winning musical theatre writer.
My pride in representing him as both an actor and writer is immeasurable and I cannot wait for the world to see his extraordinary work, The Wicker Husband, when it opens at The Watermill Theatre in March.
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I often think that just having the right attitude in this industry is half the battle and Calum certainly has that. I mean, truth be told, endless positivity can be a bit wearing sometimes but Calum is just one of those young actors who brims with good cheer and an optimistic outlook.
Little wonder then that he’s having the time of his life touring in Friendsical, a loving parody of the Friends TV series. If any series taught us about the value of keeping positive and surrounding yourself with upbeat people, it’s Friends, right?
Calum is touring in Friendsical until August.
“Where do you find talent like Vaneeka?” I get asked a lot. “Twickenham,” is my answer. A graduate of St. Mary’s Drama, Vaneeka and I hit it off the second we met. She is one of the funniest, most alive, and exciting young graduates I’ve met and from Day One she’s kept me in stitches.
As part of the Ensemble in Jamie Lloyd’s Cyrano de Bergerac in the West End, Vaneeka has been attracting attention for her “magnificent beatboxing – gulping, pulsing, hissing, ticking” – The Guardian.
As first jobs go this has to be up there as one of the coolest imaginable. I’m biased obviously, but I’d say keep your eye on her. A fashion designer, spoken word artist, beatboxer, grime artist and brilliant actress, Vaneeka is the very definition of a multi-platform artist and there are some very exciting projects on the horizon for her.
I feel like I’ve had a lot of coffees with Verity. A lot of long, chatty, let’s put the world to rights, coffees. All squeezed in between her incredibly busy schedule.
She’s busy all the time but is thrilled to be joining the creative team as set and costume designer for the relaunched Chiswick Playhouse and their production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
Straight off the UK tour of Rock of Ages, Josh Dever continues rocking out, this time, I’m really excited as Springsteen is a bit of a legend to both of us.
The brand-new Turbine Theatre’s first musical is High Fidelity. The original novel by Nick Hornby spawned a hit movie and this stage musical but this new version relocates the script back to London making it a perfect choice for the sparkly new Turbine.
More on High Fidelity at the Turbine.
It’s a real privilege for me to carry on working with Phil. He’s been with me for a while and as an actor, singer, musician he’s usually pretty busy.
Phil was in the original company of Clear White Light so he was thrilled to join Newcastle Live again for this new development.
Keoni and I really hit it off over coffee at the Park Theatre. I knew I wanted to work with him and his vision.
Direct from the Royal Academy of Music Keoni joined the company of the Les Misérables tour playing Ensemble/Jean Prouvaire and Cover Grantaire.
I trained at Mountview with Matthew Gent – which is a really, really long time to be in awe of this wonderful performer.
The last time I saw him on stage was in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi. He’s been cruising for a while, but I’m thrilled to have him back on home turf in Queen of the Mist which has transferred into town from the Brockley Jack.
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