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INTERVIEW: Anton Stephans, at present taking part in Leadville in Fisherman’s Mates the musical on its UK and Eire Tour

Anton is at present taking part in the function of Leadville within the UK and Eire tour of the brand new musical Fisherman’s Mates. His credit embrace Fizz in Bugsy Malone (West Finish), Monsieur Vernier on this planet premiere of Conor Mitchell’s Mathilde (Edinburgh Fringe), Lead Vocalist in Blues Brothers Meet Soul Sisters (Theatre Royal), Robbins in Porgy and Bess (UK Tour), Poppa in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Specific (UK tour), Musical Lead in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (1st UK tour/Broadway and US tour), Lead Vocalist in Hey Mr. Producer for Cameron Waterproof coat (Lyceum Theatre), His one-man present, Crying for You…No Extra (Fortune Theatre), Musical Lead in Dancing and Singing The Blues (European Tour), Classique (Off-Broadway/US tour), Songs of Broadway (Off-Broadway/US Tour), An Night with Anton (Congress Theatre, Eastbourne), Lead Singer within the Riverdance (Europe tour), Firm of Francesca Zambello’s Present Boat (Royal Albert Corridor), Lead function Father in Youngsters of Eden live performance model (Prince of Wales) and Sweeney Todd (Chichester Pageant Theatre).

Simply because the tour kicked off, we managed to get a while with Anton to speak concerning the present. 

Fisherman’s Mates the musical is predicated on a real story and the 2019 hit movie, what was your expertise of the story earlier than auditioning for the present?

Truthfully, I knew zero concerning the present or the band ‘Fisherman’s Mates’ earlier than the audition! I’ve since learnt an awesome deal. I’ve met the precise Fisherman’s Mates. They’re a stunning bunch of very down-to-earth males. My character’s identify, Leadville, is the identify of certainly one of their fathers; so it feels very particular to me. He advised me I honoured his father’s reminiscence. I’m actually comfortable I’m able to do that.

Inform us just a little bit concerning the present and your character, Leadville.

Leadville is a joyous and exquisite character to play, filled with hope humour and fervour. An amazing greatest buddy to ‘Jim’ our main man performed brilliantly by James Gaddas. Leadville is a widower who liked his spouse very a lot. Now years on he’s a wannabe girls’ man however in fact, he’s a bit lame in that division. A lot happier having a pint along with his mates singing songs and cracking jokes. I don’t assume he cares about cash fame glory. He simply needs to be along with his buddies who he considers household. He and I are very a lot alike in that approach.

Once you obtained the audition, what you most concerning the present?

What me most is that it’s a function individuals wouldn’t essentially assume I’d be fascinated about or others wouldn’t essentially acquaint me with. I get pleasure from a problem. I prefer to shock of us!

This can be a new piece of theatre, what are the challenges for an actor when presenting new characters to audiences across the nation?

The problem dealing with any actor whether or not it’s a brand new piece or a extra acquainted piece of theatre is to seek out the reality and ship that fact passionately and successfully. Just by telling the story actually. Audiences, I really feel, reply greatest to honesty. The actual human expertise, one thing I attempt very onerous to speak. I hope I’m getting it proper each evening, I do my best possible too! I really like that I get to inform these tales and stay these lives each evening 8 reveals every week. Our author Amanda Whittington has written amazingly advanced and infrequently very humorous characters. Our director James Grieves has given me confidence and braveness and directed the present superbly. I really like Leadville. I really feel very protecting of him!

And what’s the most fun factor as an actor to be touring in a brand new piece of theatre?

Probably the most thrilling a part of being in a brand new work is first that it’s ‘new work’ It takes an excessive amount of talent & effort to create and make new reveals occur. That is the large energy of ROYO, our producers, they aren’t afraid to take probabilities. I really feel a profound sense of humility and gratitude to be part of something new. I get to share MY Leadville with the world for the primary time.

You’re additionally heading over to Canada with the present and spending the vacation season in Toronto. What are you most trying ahead to with that?

Toronto goes to be a blast. I can’t wait to be again there. I’ve expensive buddies who stay there additionally. Though it’s bloody chilly that point of 12 months! 

As a singer, you’ve sung with some unbelievable and iconic performers; Tina Turner, Sting, Sir Cliff Richard and Elton John to call a couple of! Should you had to decide on one reminiscence that you’ve got from singing with such big stars, which one wouldn’t it be?

Gosh, sure, I’ve sung and carried out with what many of us would and rightly do describe as legends. I suppose the moments I worth most are the personal ones quite than public. The hugs, the laughter, the tears and the flexibility to outlive and go on to thrive below immense stress and an ever-changing musical theatre panorama. These quiet intimate secrets and techniques moments I’ll by no means share overtly, they’re held shut expensive to my coronary heart.

You’ve carried out everywhere in the world; on Broadway, on tour within the US, throughout the UK and within the West Finish. Which venue would you say has been your favorite?

I’ve had such a various profession, for positive! The reality is that though I really like touring, there isn’t any place like dwelling. Attending to play Porgy on the Savoy Theatre in Porgy and Bess directed by Sir Trevor Nunn was an excellent achievement. David White is a supreme Musical Director and I really like him. But in addition being the first black ‘Ghost Of Christmas Current’ in ‘Scrooge’ directed by my expensive buddy Nikolai Foster on the Curve Theatre Leicester. In reality there’s a 10-foot portrait of me because the character hanging up on the partitions in that theatre! Very humbling and I’m after all flattered and grateful.  I hope in a tiny approach we helped help and encourage BLM. Persevering with to be courageous and daring in casting of us that seem like me in thrilling roles. Hopefully inspiring individuals of any age or background that something is feasible. My favorite theatre indisputably is The Curve in Leicester. Every thing they do is magic. It’s a very particular place. However definitely performing to twenty thousand on the O2 is a thrill I hope to get to revisit. As is Wembley Stadium to 40 thousand!

You’ve solely simply opened the present forward of its UK tour, what has the response been like up to now?

I’ve been staggered and delighted by the way in which Fisherman’s Mates the musical has been obtained. The general public actually liked it! Stamping their toes cheering and standing ovations each present up to now. Phenomenal response! 

And eventually, in a single sentence, why ought to individuals come and see Fisherman’s Mates?

Should you like me are an awesome believer within the comfortable ever after that is the present to return see.



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