Mountview Alumni News February 2023

Our inspirational graduates continue to shine on stage, screen and the red carpet. Take a look at a few highlights below.

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On stage

Marc Mackinnon appeared in Macbeth (An Undoing) at the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

A number of alumni were involved with shows at the VAULT Festival (Katie Paterson with Side FX; Rebecca Lyle with A Manchester Anthem; Kayla Martell Feldman with Right Dishonourable Friend; and Veronica Schweiger with (In) Good Spirits).

The cast of Heathers the Musical (UK Tour) was announced, with Mountview’s Verity Thomas, Summer Priest and Jay Bryce in the roles of Heather Chandler, Young Republicanette and Kurt’s Dad/Big Bud Dean/Principal Gowan respectively.

Meanwhile, Rachel Breeze was announced as the new Ms Fleming in the continuing London production of Heathers the Musical at The Other Palace.

Daniel Len has been performing in The King and I (UK and International Tour).

Mountview alumni Keith Ramsay and Elliott Goodhill were named in the new cast of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre.

Claire-Marie Hall was named in cast of the forthcoming West End premiere of Operation Mincemeat at the Fortune Theatre.

It was revealed that Lanya Matthews will be joining the West End cast of Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Laura Dawn will be joining the cast of Six the Musical (UK Tour).

Sarah Jordan Verghese hosted Nouveau Nights, featuring fellow alum Tashinga Bepete, at the Broadway Theatre

On screen

Louisa Binder featured in ITV’s Hotel Portofino.

Curtiss Cooke continued in his role in Chicago Med.

Mountview’s George Greenland appeared in The Strays on Netflix.

It was announced that Eric Shango will reprise his role in ITV’s Trigger Point.

Awards and nominations

Colm McCready‘s show Scaredy Fat (picked up by new theatre company SkelpieLimmer) was the recipient of the 2023 Les Enfants Terribles Award.

Ghosts, starring and co-written by Jim Howick, won Best Returning Sitcom 2022 in the Awards.

At the 23rd Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, Mountview’s Lauren Drew picked up the award for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical (Legally Blonde). There were also nominations for fellow alumni Sharon Small (Best Supporting Performer in a Play, Good), Jordan Luke Gage (Best Performer in a Musical, Bonnie & Clyde) and Ben Joyce (Best Takeover Performance, Back to the Future). Oscar Conlon-Morrey hosted on the red carpet.

Finally, the last day of the month saw the release of the 2023 Olivier Awards nominations, with Mountview alumni Giles TereraSharon Small and Kaine Lawrence up for Best Actor (Blues For An Alabama Sky), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Good) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy) respectively.