The Tyrone Huntley Interview

Tyrone, congratulations on your Olivier nomination – how did it feel to be nominated for such a prestigious award?

Thank you very much. I was absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude when I found out! I couldn't believe it - even now I look at my certificate in disbelief. It's every actor's dream to be on that list at some point in their career and to have already ticked that box at what I'm hoping is just the beginning, is truly amazing.

Your performance at this year’s Olivier was astounding – what was the atmosphere like in the Royal Albert Hall?

Thanks. I was so nervous so I don't remember much! I do remember feeling a great deal of support from the other companies who were also performing - The Girls, Groundhog Day, School of Rock to name a few. It really was a genuine, shared celebration of everyone's work which meant that, win or lose, everyone had a wonderful evening! 

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We’re so excited to hear you’ll be returning to play Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer – are you excited?  Performing in the ‘open air’ must be quite an experience…

I'm really excited too. Playing Judas last summer changed my life - it was such an incredible opportunity and I'm so grateful to have the chance to return to the role. Regent's Park is such a special theatre. Both times I've worked there (first in the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) I've had a brilliant time. It sounds corny but there really is something magical about performing in the open air, embracing certain aspects of nature and the additional qualities (and challenges) things like the weather can present. 

You’re currently playing CC in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre – how does it feel to be part of bringing such an amazing production to the West End?  To work with the wonderful Amber Riley must be fantastic…

It's an honour to have been one of the chosen few to help introduce this legendary show to the London stage, 35 years after it's broadway debut. Everything about the show is an example of musical theatre at its finest which is good because the main theme of the piece is 'Showbiz'! The score is a masterpiece and hearing all the songs performed live every night is a treat. Amber Riley is astonishing as Effie and to share the stage with her is absolutely fantastic but every single cast member on that stage works equally as hard to make the show what it is. And boy do the audiences agree - I've never experienced anything like it, the screams and cheers are deafening!!! 

You’re such an exciting name in the theatre world – how did you get in to acting?

I always enjoyed performing as a child but it wasn't until my mid-teens that I actually considered it as a career option. With encouragement from my drama teachers, I applied to drama school and got in! I went to Mountview for three years through which I met and signed with my agent Stuart. Pretty much immediately after that I booked my first job in the Sister Act UK tour and that was that - I was officially a professional actor! I was and so far have continued to be extremely lucky! 

We hear you rather impressively got a law degree whilst also having a role in The Book of Mormon.  How did you manage that?

Yeah, I did what's called a Graduate Diploma in Law. It was a two year course which I started when I was in Mormon and finished when I was doing Memphis! It was gruelling. I was exhausted the whole time - SO MUCH READING! It was worth it though, I learned so much. 

Following Jesus Christ Superstar, what’s next for you?

Who knows? I love singing which is why musicals have been such a big part of my career but to be honest I'd really love to do a straight play. That said, I don't care too much what I do as long as I'm getting the chance to perform and I keep having fun doing it! 


Tyrone can currently be seen in DREAMGIRLS at the Savoy Theatre and will be returning to JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 11 August 2017

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