Born in Oxfordshire in 1981, Oliver Tompsett is an acclaimed West End actor. He’s currently playing William Shakespeare in & Juliet, and will soon take over as Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman: The Musical.
After graduating from Arts Educational School, Tompsett made his West End debut in 2002 in the Olivier-winning Madness musical, Our House, at the Cambridge Theatre. He then joined the ensembles of Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre (2003), and Notes from New York at Trafalgar Studios (2004), before playing Caliph in Kismet (2005).
Tompsett starred in three shows in 2006. Firstly, he played Harry Lyton in the biographical musical Over My Shoulder: The Story of Jessie Matthews at the Wyndham's Theatre. He then played Ben in Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun at the National Theatre, directed by Trevor Nunn.
In September 2006, he was a part of the original Wicked London cast, led by Idina Menzel as Elphaba. After understudying Fiyero for a year, Tompsett took over the role from Adam Garcia, playing Fiyero from 2007 to 2010.
Following Wicked, Tompsett found himself in back-to-back rock musicals. In 2011, he played Drew Boley in the West End premiere of Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre, alongside Simon Lipkin as Lonny, Shayne Ward as Stacee Jaxx, and Zizi Strallen. The following year, he took over as Galileo in We Will Rock You, continuing with the show to its eventual 2014 closure.
After a short stint playing Phil Davis in White Christmas in Leeds, Tompsett returned to the West End in 2016, cast as Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls. That same year, he appeared in gala performances of the comedy musical Disaster! alongside Sally Ann Triplett, Alice Fearn, and Seth Rudetsky.
In 2017, Tompsett succeeded Killian Donnelly and David Hunter as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. He then went on to originate a role, cast as William Shakespeare in & Juliet. He starred in the Manchester premiere, and continued in the West End show, performing from 2019 - 2023. In an & Juliet review on London Theatre, our critic said: "There's also powerful vocal work from two of our best pop theatre performers, Oliver Tompsett and Cassidy Janson, as William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway."
After & Juliet, Tompsett will play Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman: The Musical, succeeding Danny Mac in the role. Tompsett is in Pretty Woman: The Musical from April to June 2023, staying with the show until it closes.