New West End stars making major debuts on London stages right now

Marianka Swain
Marianka Swain

As West End theatre reemerges from the pandemic, it's really heartening to see some exciting emerging talent hitting the stage, including numerous West End debuts. We take a look at the newest West End stars who lead their respective shows for eight performances a week. Here are some new names to watch out for.

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Back to the Future - 750 - LT

Ben Joyce in Back to the Future

Joyce graduated from Mountview in summer 2021. He went straight into a West End leading role, playing Frankie Valli in the Four Seasons' biographical musical Jersey Boys. Joyce's poise and dramatic range in the part was particularly impressive given his relative inexperience, but with a voice that can challenge Valli's own, plus some slick dance moves and instant star quality, it's clear that he's a major talent. Following Jersey Boys, he'll take over the role of Marty McFly in Back to the Future: The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre.

Joyce has done his first TV series as well - The Power on Amazon Prime - but let's hope he sticks with theatre for now at least.

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Matilda - 1200 - LT

Victoria Alsina, Maisie Mardle, Laurel Sumberg, and Heidi Williams in Matilda the Musical

The role of Matilda Wormwood is a highly-coveted one for child actors. So it's a treat to see four budding West End actresses share the role in Matilda in the West End.

Victoria Alsina plays Matilda. She's previously played young Cosette in Les Miserables, and A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre. Maisie Mardle, Laurel Sumberg and Heidi Williams make their West End debut in Matilda.

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Oklahoma - 750 - LT

Georgina Onourah in The Wizard of Oz

Alongside a star-studded cast, Georgina Onourah plays Dorothy in the West End revival of The Wizard of Oz. Returning to the spotlight, she once again takes on the character with the ruby red slippers, a role she portrayed in the 2022 Leicester Curve production. Her outstanding lead performance earned her ample acclaim and plenty of praise. Prior to Oklahoma!, Onourah appeared in Millennials, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, Oklahoma!, and Dick Whittington.

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Photo credit: Back to the Future (Photo courtesy of production)

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