You may have seen them around our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram this week, but if you haven’t it’s time to meet and greet the cast of H.R.Haitch, the newest musical to hit the London stage and our first full musical commission at the Union Theatre!
Our amazing cast features East End chef and selfie addict Tori Allen-Martin, dopey prince Christian James, spare to the heir Emily Jane Kerr, bossy grandma and snobby queen Andrea Miller, useless heir to the throne and caring dad Christopher Lyne and the man who could ruin the monarchy forever, Prince Plockey!
Tori is an actor/writer/singer-songwriter – currently working on her 2nd EP for release in 2018, and on The Hardest One – a one woman show in development with Bob & Co. She was named as one of the BBC’S New Talent Hotlist 2017. Tori originated the role of Chelsea in H.R.Haitch’s original workshop and showcase in 2015.
Theatre includes: Muted (Interval Productions); herself in The Hardest One (Criterion, The Other Palace); Yarico (London Theatre Workshop); Mimi in RENT (Interval Productions); Hair: Help for Heroes (Piccadilly Theatre); After the Turn (My Protege with Interval Productions); Hair the Musical (European Tour and Arena Tour); Zip: A Street Dance Musical (Giant Olive); Boxed (Made in LDN); and Wretch (VAULT Festival);
Television includes: Sandra in Unforgotten (ITV); Libby in Pure (Drama Republic); and Sarah in Clean Break (Sister Pictures).
Tori has appeared as a featured and backing vocalist for numerous artists including Eliza and the Bear and Lance Horne and was featured on Idris Elba’s Mi Mandela album.
“Bertie (Prince Albert)”
Christian trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he received the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship.
His stage credits include: Outspan in The Commitments (UK Tour); Bardolph in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Merely Theatre); Willy Wallflower in Sleeping Beauty (The Theatre Chipping Norton); Various Roles in The Contagion Cabaret (The Theatre Chipping Norton); Various Roles in NewsRevue (Canal Cafe); Eddie Harvey in Princess Caraboo (Finborough Theatre); Pinocchio in The Adventures of Pinocchio (Greenwich); Title Roles in Aladdin and Dick Whittington (Newbury Corn Exchange).
Radio Credits include: The Ushers Chorus (BBC Radio London).
Workshops include: The Wall – The Pink Floyd Musical (Complicite).
Emily Jane Kerr
Emily attended The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with additional training in improvisation from Monkey Toast and Showstoppers!.
Emily’s recent appearances at the Union include Fortune Lane: The Musical and Tomorrow, Maybe. Other theatre credits include: The Secret Life of Sally (Southwark Playhouse); and Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, all for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. At the Edinburgh Fringe, she has been in the cast of the award-winning Shakespeare for Breakfast for four years running, adding Dickens for Dinner to the repertoire in 2017. She recently enjoyed a sell-out run of NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre and will be directing future shows.
On television, Emily plays Janine Ingerson in Call the Midwife.
“Brian Taylor / Prince Richard”
Chris is delighted to be making a return visit to The Union playing Brian/Richard.
Recent Theatre Credits include: Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Wilde Theatre); Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood (Peepul Centre, Leicester); Pennington in The Hired Man (Union); HC Curry in 110 in The Shade (Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre); Lord Gray in The Haunting (South Hill Park); Sheriff Donald of Nottingham in Robin’s Wood (Guildford Fringe Panto); The Aviator in A Little Prince (Brighton Fringe); Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon (Wokingham Theatre); Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Stratford Artshouse); Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol – In Pitch Black (London Contemporary Theatre); Angus Swann in At Your Services (Mayan Productions); Various characters in Summon Up The Blood (RSC Open Stages); and Jack in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (Mayan Productions).
Film and Television credits include: Raymond’s 5 (Hastings Infinity Films); The Murderers (Black Barn Productions); The Monkey (James Atkins); There in Black and White (Delta Productions/Young Century); You’re Promoted (Keep it Tidy Productions); Gayle Tuesday the Comeback (Living TV); CIA Declassified (NBC); ID-Iology (Black Barn Productions); and Made In Chelsea (Channel 4).
“Vera / Queen Mary”
Andrea trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she won the prize for comedy and also the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre Award.
Most recently Andrea toured the UK as Grandma in Billy Elliot.
She created the role of Mary Carson in The Thorn Birds the Musical and spent 12 years in Hong Kong where she appeared in Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Blithe Spirit, Blood Brothers and Annie as well as producing and performing in three one-woman shows.
Other musicals include: Guys and Dolls; Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act; Happy Ending (Arcola); Mother Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life; Kate Cole – Cole Porter’s mother in Pass The Porter; Golde in Fiddler On The Roof; Elsa in Park Avenue; Mrs Pearce in My Fair Lady; Margaret Fallowfield in Gay’s the Word; Jekyll & Hyde; Cora in Old Goat Song; and Mrs Hudson in The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes for which she was nominated as Best Actress in a Musical at the Offies.
Other theatre roles include understudy to Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex (Wyndhams); Betty in Scottish Widows (White Bear); Shirley Valentine; Jane in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?; Charlotta Ivanova in The Cherry Orchard; Madame Begriffinfeld in Peer Gynt (Ibsen Stage Company); Lizzie in Men Should Weep; Myra in Deathtrap; Louka in Arms and the Man; Maria in Twelfth Night; The Snow Queen in The Snow Queen; Amanda in Private Lives; and Sheila in The Reluctant Debutante, a No 1 UK tour directed by Belinda Lang.
“Vernon / Nathan”
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Theatre includes: Niko in You Forgot the Mince (Edinburgh Festival / UK tour); Ralph Abernathy in The European tour of The Life and Death of Martin Luther King; For Lazarus Theatre Company: Giovanni in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Tamburlaine in Tamburlaine the Great, Coriolanus in Coriolanus; Agamemnon in Troilus & Cressida; Gloucester/King Richard in Richard III directed by Gavin Harrington-Odedra.