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Steven Webb to play 'Cooper' in the musical Betwixt! at Trafalgar Studios Two
Date of birth?
8th November 1984
Place of birth?
The Wirral, Merseyside.
Did you go to training school, if so which one?
I went to a London based stage school from age 10 to 16
Briefly tell us how you became involved with BETWIXT!
The producer Christopher Clegg had mentioned the project to me socially and It rang a bell as I'd heard good things about the show from it's previous outings. And then from there went through the usual audition process.
Briefly tell us about the character of Cooper you play in BETWIXT!
Hah! Where to start? He's flamboyant. Incredibly sharp and witty (hopefully) but with a heart. He shares an apartment in New York with Bailey who is a writer suffering from writers block. And the two of them end up caught between (well... betwixt) two worlds. And of course, hilarity ensues.
Your first stage performance?
Hm. That would have been when I was 8 and I Played Tiny Tim in 'Scrooge' with Anthony Newley at the Liverpool Empire. Wowzers. I've just realised that was 18 years ago!
Career highlight to date?
Aargh. I've SO many. In theatre you take something special away from every show you do. Whether you liked it or not. Whether it was a hit or not. Whether it was a long or short run. I have a few highlights. Departure Lounge at the Waterloo East Theatre was a recent highlight for sure.
What roles would you most like to play?
I've been lucky in getting to play quite a wide range of characters. Geek. Rude Boy. Psycho etc. As for specific roles I'm not too sure. It's actually a dream of mine to play Marius in Les Miserables. That musical changed my life when I first saw it and I couldn't count how many times I've actually seen it. It just affects me unlike anything else. And I never thought I'd be performing in musicals one day as most of my career has been straight plays. It's such a different world to me. The following that shows gather for instance. Unparalleled.
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Anna Mackmin said to me on opening night of 'Chatroom' that she directed me in "nerves are just excitement with another name".
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage/TV?
During one performance of 'The History Boys' at Wyndhams Theatre some of the boys decided it would be funny to put a big metal stage weight in my school bag that was set on stage during a blackout. Sure enough during the scene when I was to leave the classroom I attempted to pick up my bag. I had to use two hands and cradle it like a baby whilst my face turned maroon with strain. Nice.
What is the most annoying part about your job?
The waiting game.
If you had not become a performer, what might you have done instead?
Become bitter. And grumble a lot.
Favourite after-show haunts
Ooo. Good Q! I am fond of a good old pub. But specifically I like places like BKB on Old Compton.
Who are your favourite actors/actresses
Nancy Carroll. Jemima Rooper. Julie Atherton . Gael Garcia Bernal.. Actually there are too many. There's so much talent out there.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Elvis. And I would ask "Are you dead or alive?"
What was the last book you read, and name some of your favourite authors?
The last book I read was When will there be good news by Kate Atkinson. My favourite authors are Brett Easton Ellis , Stephen King and J.D Salinger
What was the last film you saw, and name some of your favourite movies?
Last night I watched The Human Centipede ..... Um... It's ruined my life. For those who don't know what it is... Well.. I'll just let you look it up.
Favourite TV programs?
Nurse Jackie, The New Adventures Of Old Christine, Family Guy, I love Lucy.
Favourite holiday destinations?
I just Love Paris. I would move there in a second.
Do you have any hobbies?
I'm a keen horse rider but sadly ive not been able to go for a couple of years. Sad times.
Do you have any superstitions
Far too many. If I do something a certain way before a show and then it ends up being a good show I have to do it every night. By the end of a run I have to come to the theatre early because I have built up so many. It's mental but I end up getting more nervous that I've missed one out than forgetting my lines.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
A kindle full of books. A guitar (I can't play but I'd eventually learn to). And.. Um... A top hat. (?)
What are your future plans?
I played Dick Whittington last year at the Lyric Hammersmith and.. Actually I'm not sure if I'm meant to say yet but let's just say I'll be spending more time in the hammersmith area this Christmas.