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.
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 September 2020.
The inimitable Noodle Snake recorded an amusing podcast which all began with her purchase of a Showmasters poster featuring our own dear Rupert.
Listen in to all the confusions of her Quest to work out why the poster credits Rupert with work in both Merlin and Doctor Who! This very website receives several honourable mentions!! I feel like we’ve punched through to the next level of fame!!! (Or was that infamy?)
Thank you kindly, Noodle mate! I was in need of cheering up today, for sure. ♥
The lovely Dale McCready, Director of Photography for a massive 42 of the 65 episodes of Merlin, has been sharing her awesome behind-the-scenes photographs from across all five seasons of the show. You can find Dale’s Merlin Archive here on her website. She has kindly made all the images available for our use, with a request for credit where possible.
While this is a real gift for us fans, unfortunately it’s due to a difficult situation. The COVID-19 quarantine means that Dale and most other people working in the entertainment industry are (at least temporarily) out of work. Hence Dale had the time to devote to this task! If you can afford to help Dale get through this period by sending support via Paypal.Me, that would be wonderful – and every little bit helps!
I’ve taken the liberty of copying across most of the photos of our Rupert for this site. However, it is of course worth visiting and browsing Dale’s Merlin Archive yourself. There are 13 pages of photos, and some videos on the last page. You’ll find many other beauties and items of interest, including some fascinating notes on filming generally and cinematography specifically.
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.
Rupert is appearing in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen, as Larry Murphy, Zoe and Connor’s dad.
The production’s London home is the Noel Coward Theatre – with previews from 29 October 2019, opening on 19 November, and tickets currently selling through to May 2020.
This is wonderful for Rupert, as the Broadway production has been enthusiastically received, and won six Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Musical. I think we’re all anticipating a long run for this in London!
You might like to consider the book published by 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.
5 stars from Alex Wood for WhatsOnStage: … The result is something quite extraordinary – a musical not like any other. … And its success depends entirely on its leading man. … Debutant Sam Tutty … wears a lot of the characters’ flaws on his cast-sporting sleeve, from nervous ticks to jaunted mannerisms and turbulent dialogue. It’s hard to appear simultaneously nervy while capable of holding the attention of 900 spectators, but it’s something Tutty manages adeptly – the sort of assurance you rarely get from a first timer. … But Tutty’s success comes while sitting on the shoulders of some titanic supporting performances … In a piece that spends a large portion of its runtime focussing on the anxieties of teens, it’s often the adults that steal the show – Rupert Young and Lauren Ward present a rich, textured relationship as Murphy’s parents … Dear Evan Hansen is a desperately powerful exploration of a troubled teen sacrificing the truth for a sense of comfort – startlingly relevant for a world swaddled in screens and fleeting fictions.
Rupert features as Binkum Fray in one of four episodes in Volume One of the new adventures of the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy).
Episode 103: The Jabari Countdown
Director: Scott Handcock
The episode takes place during the 1940s, and while Rupert’s performance as Binkum Fray (aka the Lieutenant) is a great deal of fun, I’m afraid the character is a particularly benighted product of his time in terms of prejudices.
You can buy the CDs or downloads directly from Big Finish.