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What Rupert is up to…

Rupert is:

  • unfortunately on an expected holiday! Dear Evan Hansen, along with other West End shows, has closed down for now, due to the current pandemic. I’m so sorry for everyone affected by this closure, including the theatre staff as well as the cast and the audiences.
  • a nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical in the Olivier Awards for his role as Larry Murphy!!! Dear Evan Hansen scored a total of seven nominations, including Best New Musical, with Jack Loxton (who plays Jared Kleinman) also nominated in the same category as Rupert.
  • (probably) featured to some extent in the new volume from Nick Hern Books: Dear Evan Hansen: The Complete Book and Lyrics (West End edition). I’m not sure how much Rupert-related goodness is in there, but he did suggest to me that I keep an eye out for it. Though I’m sure he knows I’m a completist, so that might not be a general recommendation! Available from: Nick Hern Books.
  • (probably) appearing at the 20th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards Concert on Sunday 1 March 2020, as the DEH West End cast perform the song “You Will Be Found”. More info: article with link to ticket sales.
  • appearing in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen, as Larry Murphy, Zoe and Connor’s dad. Golly gosh! This is at the Noel Coward Theatre with previews from 29 October 2019, opening on 19 November, with tickets currently selling through to May 27 June 2020. More info: official website and tickets.
  • appearing as Marcus in the film The Secret Garden, with Colin Firth as Lord Archibald Craven and Julie Walters as Mrs Medlock. Current release date is 16 April 2020. update: I’ve embedded a “teaser trailer” below, which alas doesn’t feature our Rupert. The awesome thing for Merlin fans is that it was partly filmed at Puzzlewood!

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Olivier Awards (2020)

The Olivier Awards has just announced their nominations for 2020. Our Rupert has been nominated as one of four actors in the category Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his role as Larry Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen.

DEH West End picked up a total of seven nominations, including Best New Musical, and Best Actor in a Musical for Sam Tutty (Evan Hansen). Jack Loxton (Jared Kleinman) was also nominated in the same category as Rupert. The Murphy family did well, with Lucy Anderson (Zoe Murphy) and Lauren Ward (Cynthia Murphy) both nominated in the category Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

You can read the full list of nominations here on the London Theatre site. The award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday 5 April.

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for a win for Rupert! ♥

London Comic Con Spring (2020)

Rupert was a guest at London Comic Con Spring on Sunday 1 March, along with Tom Hopper (Percival in Merlin) who was there on both days.

My awesome friend Karen shared these photos from Rupert and Tom’s panel. You can see more via her Flickr account.

mischief managed

I was browsing through the Dear Evan Hansen programme, and as usual paid close attention to Rupert’s bio. What new treasure might I unearth here…? Wait, what! “Koala Singing” in the television credits? What on earth is that…?!

A quick Google turned up no reasonable results, so I asked The Man Himself at the stage door – and Rupert confessed to occasionally including a made-up credit in his bio as a shout-out to one of his friends or family members. He said he hadn’t done it for a while now, but of course once I got back home to Oz I fished out my old theatre programmes.

This is what I found:

  • Memories of Prague” listed under theatre credits in the High Society programme.
  • Singing with Molly” listed under theatre credits in the Philanderer programme.
  • Koala Singing” listed under television credits in the Dear Evan Hansen (West End) programme.

There are a couple of entries in the Company programme for which I don’t have any further details. One is for a legit production (Feeding Time at the Battersea Arts Centre) and the other might be true (Three’s a Crowd at Shepherd Churchill Hall). However, the three productions listed above seem to be fakes, so I decided to leave the two Company listings on my “more research needed” page.

Well played, Rupert!

10 Questions with DEH London’s Larry Murphy – Rupert Young

This short interview appeared on the official Dear Evan Hansen Tumblr account. I am “archiving” it in full here, with great respect but without permission.


He plays the father who teaches us how to break in a glove, so it’s cool to know that Rupert learned how to play the piano from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mother. You may have seen him in some of Britain’s favorite TV shows like “Merlin” and “Doctor Who.” When he’s not performing, you can find him walking along the South Bank or binge-watching “Stranger Things.” Learn some more fun facts below.

1.) Where can people follow you on social media?

Twitter: @rupertfyoung.

2.) Where did you grow up?

London.

3.) What’s your favourite line / lyric from DEAR EVAN HANSEN?

“If you only say the word, from across the silence your voice is heard.” [from the song “You Will Be Found”]

4.) What’s the first show you saw (West End, Tour, Broadway, etc.)?

My Fair Lady West End and Rent on Broadway.

5.) What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?

“Stranger Things”.

6.) What’s your favourite app and why?

Podcasts. Takes me into my own little world in the middle of a crowded train in rush hour and makes it bearable.

7.) What’s your favourite song to sing in the shower?

Usually vocal exercises.

8.) What’s your go-to London spot?

Walking along The South Bank. Eating at Hoppers on Wigmore Street. Drinking at Vindinista in Acton.

9.) What’s a hidden talent you have that people might not know about?

I can leapfrog a London postbox.

10.) What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Don’t compare yourself to anybody else.”

Launch of The Museum of Lost and Found Potential, London (2019)

The Museum of Lost and Found Potential is a pop-up museum “showing the hopes and dreams lost to neglected mental health and suicide across the world”. It is open free to the public in London for five days in October, and then will tour the world.

The museum was launched on World Mental Health Day (10 October), with the London cast of Dear Evan Hansen performing the song “You Will Be Found”. They were involved because “The Tony Award-winning musical explores teenage mental health and suicide”.

There is a press release from the museum here, from which the above quotes were taken, and they also shared the photo below of the cast (photographer unknown).

The London cast of Dear Evan Hansen perform at the launch of The Museum of Lost and Found Potential. (photographer unknown)

other news

12 September 2019: Rupert’s brother Justin Young co-wrote four episodes of the recent TV series Sanditon (2019), Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. Confusingly, there are two Justin Youngs listed as writers, but Rupert’s brother is the one who wrote episodes 3, 4, 6 and 7.

14 July 2019: Rupert was to have been a guest at the convention Myth & Magic in Birmingham, England on 17-19 April 2020, along with fellow Merlin alumni Emilia Fox (Morgause), Fintan McKeown (King Odin), Michelle Ryan (Nimueh) and Alex Vlahos (Mordred). Unfortunately Rupert will no longer be able to attend this convention. Alex and the other Merlin actors will be there, though!

25 April 2019: Rupert was to have been a guest at the convention Magic Con to be held in Bonn, Germany on 26-28 April 2019, along with Alex Vlahos (Mordred in Merlin). Unfortunately, Rupert had to cancel with short notice, due to “a new filming role”.

5 December 2018: Rupert was to have been a guest at the convention Highway to Albion in Paris on 26 January 2019. Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to low ticket sales. Alas and alack!!!

19 September 2018: Rupert was to have attended the convention MCM Comic Con Scotland in Glasgow on 22-23 September 2018, along with Merlin’s Alex Vlahos (Mordred). Unfortunately, Rupert had to cancel with short notice, due to a change in rehearsal schedule for Twelfth Night. He sent his sincere apologies.

22 June 2018: Rupert was the first guest announced as attending Celtic Reminders, a Merlin convention to be held in Paris on 13-14 October 2018. Unfortunately, however, this event has now been cancelled.

4 June 2015: Justin Young’s play In My Father’s Words is featuring in Brits Off Broadway! It runs from 4-28 June 2015 at 59E59 Theaters in New York. For more details, check the 59E59 website.

30 November 2014: Unfortunately Rupert couldn’t attend Wales Comic Con 2014 Part 2 in Wrexham on Sunday 30 November. It seems this was because he went to the Supanova conventions in Australia in lieu of Eoin Macken and Alex Vlahos.

19 June 2014: Rupert’s brother Justin Young wrote a play titled In My Father’s Words which was performed at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow on 19-28 June 2014, before touring Scotland throughout July. See the Dundee Rep Ensemble page for full details.