Jason Pennycooke

Jason Pennycooke is a British multiple Olivier Award nominated and What's On Stage Award winning actor and choreographer best known for his work in musical theatre.

CareerEdit

Brought up in Leeds, Pennycooke trained for a dance career at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, and at the London Studio Centre.[1]

In 2008, he played the role of Jacob in the Menier Chocolate Factory production La Cage aux Folles.[2] The production subsequently transferred to the West End at the Playhouse Theatre, and he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.[3]

He provided choreography and musical staging for the musical Soul Sister, which opened at the Hackney Empire in 2012, before playing in the West End at the Savoy Theatre and touring the UK.[4] He choreographed and starred in The Big Life (musical) which played at Apollo Theatre west end in 2005. He was nominated for best choreographer in a musical at the 2006 WhatsOnStage Awards and it was also nominated for best new musical at the 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards. He also choreographed Porgy and Bess The Musical which played at Savoy Theatre 2006 and was nominated for best new musical at the 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards.

In 2014 he played Bobby in the West End production of Memphis.[5] He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his performance.[3] He joined the company of Guys and Dolls when the revival transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in March 2016, playing Benny.[6]

He was cast in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the West End production of Hamilton, which began previews in December 2017.[3][7] He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his performance, along with fellow Hamilton cast members, Cleve September and Michael Jibson.[8]

Pennycooke played Wilson in the musical drama Rocketman, and JJ in the BBC Comedy TV Pilot Bumps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alumni Gallery at londonstudiocentre.org, accessed 25 January 2020
  2. ^ Billington, Michael (2008-10-31). "La Cage aux Folles". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Hamilton London cast announced: meet the British Burr, Angelica, Eliza – and Peggy". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Tina Turner musical Soul Sister transfers to West End, 20 Aug". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Full cast announced for Memphis at Shaftesbury". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Casting announced for Guys and Dolls West End extension". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ Hamilton. "Latest News | Hamilton The Musical | London | Victoria Palace Theatre". Hamilton. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  8. ^ "OLIVIER AWARDS 2018". Official London Theatre.com. Retrieved 11 March 2018.