Summer Strallen is an English actress who has performed various roles on stage and screen. Her most notable theatre credits include Meg Giry in the West End production...Read More
Summer Strallen is an English actress who has performed various roles on stage and screen. Her most notable theatre credits include Meg Giry in the West End production of Love Never Dies and Maria Von Trapp in Andrew Lloyd Webber's revival of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium.
Summer trained at The Arts Educational schools London and Laine Theatre Arts. She has been involved in the West End productions of Cats, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls and The Boyfriend, for which she was nominated for the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Role in a Musical. During the Christmas season of 2006 she played the title role in the pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat. She starred in The Drowsy Chaperone, for which she was nominated for the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, alongside Elaine Paige. Strallen voiced the part of Princess Lucy in The Big Knights, a British animated children's television series.
In January 2008 it was announced that Strallen would take over the role of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End revival of The Sound of Music. As part of a publicity campaign, Strallen had been 'planted' in the soap opera Hollyoaks as character Summer Shaw. The character's storyline eventually involved her auditioning for, and being awarded, the role of Maria in The Sound of Music. Her character left Hollyoaks as Strallen debuted in the actual stage production at the London Palladium on 26 February 2008.
Strallen starred as Meg Giry in the sequel to Phantom of the Opera called Love Never Dies, from February 2010 to March 2011 in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre. For this role Strallen won the Broadwayworld.com UK Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also received another nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for this role.
She created the Ginger Rogers role of Dale Tremont in the new musical adaptation of Top Hat, which began a UK tour in August 2011.
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