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25 March 2022: Rupert’s brother Justin Young is listed as executive producer and head writer for the first episode of Sanditon season 2.

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. Justin wrote episodes 3, 4, 6 and 7, and acted as series consultant throughout the first season.

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.

Dear Evan Hansen (2019)

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, and opening on 19 November.

The play shut down during the pandemic, but reopened on 26 October 2021. The production will close on 22 October 2022.

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!

Links:

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.

Reviews:

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 parentsDear 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.

Continue reading Dear Evan Hansen (2019)

“10 Questions with DEH London’s Larry Murphy – Rupert Young” by DEH Official (2019)

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)

Dear Evan Hansen, London (2019)

German Castle Con, Solingen (2019)

Rupert was a guest at the convention German Castle Con in Solingen, Germany on 24-25 August 2019.

My fellow fan bunnysworld attended, and had a marvellous time. She was kind enough to share her photos of Rupert with me. You can see one in the banner of this post, and I’ve posted more to a gallery. ♥

You’ll see that on the Sunday he wears a baseball hat with an Ottilie Seed badge. Off I popped to Google, to discover that Ottlie Seed is a seed farm in Iowa. How random is that…?

You can also find a video of Rupert’s Q&A on the Saturday on YouTube (embedded below). He’s such a lovely guy!

… and I have to add that his bare ankles are delightfully distracting!