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Dave Willetts

Dave Willetts has been critically acclaimed both nationally and internationally from Europe to Australia for numerous leading roles in some of the most renowned musicals of our time.

In 1985 Dave played the leading role of Jean Val Jean in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London under the direction of Trevor Nunn.

In 1997 he re-created the role for the 10th anniversary production of Les Miserables... Read more >>

Dave Willetts

Dave Willetts Overview

Dave Willetts has been critically acclaimed both nationally and internationally from Europe to Australia for numerous leading roles in some of the most renowned musicals of our time.

In 1985 Dave played the leading role of Jean Val Jean in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London under the direction of Trevor Nunn.

In 1997 he re-created the role for the 10th anniversary production of Les Miserables at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia.

He played the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, directed by Hal Prince at Her Majesty’s Theatre, thus becoming the first person in the world to play the leading roles in both these coveted musicals. He also played the same role at the Opera House, Manchester, for which he won the Evening News award for Best Performance.

Dave created the roles of Major Lee, opposite Petula Clark in Someone Like You at the Strand Theatre, Zero Janvier in the premier of Tim Rice’s Tycoon, at the Sydmonton festival and Tom in Trish Ward’s Lonely Hearts, directed by Stephen Rayne.

He received huge critical acclaim when he sang the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican Centre, London, prior to performing the same role for the European tour.

Dave has many international concert appearances to his name including the concert halls of Monterey, Mexico City, LosAngeles, Rotterdam and Munich, as well as the Royal Albert Hall, London.

As well as numerous sell out tours of his own concerts he has starred in a number of highly successful stage concerts including The Magic of the Musicals, Something Wonderful, (a celebration of the music of Rogers and Hammerstein), A Lot of Living, (celebrating the work of the American composer Charles Strouse) and Hollywood and Broadway.

Dave has worked closely with the great American composer, John Kander for a special concert broadcast by the BBC, and subsequently released on CD.He is also closely connected with the work of Stephen Sondheim, having played the role of Ben, in the Irish premier of Follies in Dublin, George in the regional premiere of Sunday in the Park With George and his portrayal of Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd was described by the critics as '...the definitive performance...'.

Dave created the role of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the world premiere of Jekyll at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

Dave’s varied musical abilities were shown to great effect when he appeared at London’s famous Pizza on the Park, receiving great critical acclaim for the 'Jazz 'n’ Chat' style of dinner shows.

He has presented his own radio shows on National BBC radio and has made guest appearances on most radio and TV shows and was delighted to be surprised by Michael Aspel as the subject of This is Your Life.

Dave has a successful recording career, having four solo albums and numerous show albums to his name.

In 1999 he ventured into the world of pantomime, playing Captain Hook opposite Toyah Wilcox in Peter Pan.

In 2001 Dave appeared as Old Deuteronomy in the 20th Anniversary production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats at the New London Theatre, London.

In 2002, Dave starred as Adam Pontipee in a National Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He created the role of Vladimir in the world premiere of Let Us Fly,a new musical based on the life of Russian poet and songwriter, Vladimir Vysotsky.

Dave also created the role of Father in the European premier of Ragtime at the International Festival of Musical Theatre which was subsequently shown on BBC TV and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Then in 2003 Ragtime transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End, where he once again played the role of Father.

In 2004, he filmed A Christmas Carol for the Hallmark Network in America.

Spring 2005 brought a hugely successful run of Go and Play up Your Own End at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, starring alongside Jasper Carrott. This was followed by a national tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which transferred for a season to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London's West End.

2007 saw Dave starring as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street before going on to star as Emile De Becque in the hugely successful national tour of Rogers & Hammerstein's South Pacific.

In 2008-9 Dave starred as Max von Mayerling in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, for which he was nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award.

Dave appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring as George Dillingham in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, once again directed by Trevor Nunn, for which he was nominated for a What's on Stage award.

2011 saw Dave star as Professor Callaghan in the first major UK tour of Legally Blonde and now he is preparing to reprise his role as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street.

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