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Ben Forster

 
Bio:
Ben grew up in the UK city of Sunderland in the mid 1980's. At the age of 16, this real life Billy Elliot won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy. Ben's transition from Sunderland schoolboy to the theatre world of London was captured in a successful prime time BBC1 ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
Ben grew up in the UK city of Sunderland in the mid 1980's. At the age of 16, this real life Billy Elliot won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy. Ben's transition from Sunderland schoolboy to the theatre world of London was captured in a successful prime time BBC1 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
Original London Production, 2021
The Phantom [Replacement]
  [West End]
West End, 0
Buddy

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2021
The Phantom [Replacement]

  [West End]
West End, 0
Buddy

Ben Forster Biography

Ben grew up in the UK city of Sunderland in the mid 1980's. At the age of 16, this real life Billy Elliot won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy. Ben's transition from Sunderland schoolboy to the theatre world of London was captured in a successful prime time BBC1 documentary, 'The Dream Academy'.

Since debuting in his first West End musical at the age of eighteen, La Cava, created by the Broccoli family of James Bond fame, Ben has had a successful theatre career. He has performed in numerous shows including Grease in the West End and international tour, Lennon and McCartney's All You Need is Love and was part of the original cast of the hugely successful West End production, Thriller Live, taking the show from London onto international tours.

Ben shot to fame in 2012 after winning the ITV1 show, 'Superstar' Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's TV talent search for Jesus in the rock arena musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Ben competed against thousands and performed live to millions throughout the series. His talent and loveable personality won the hearts of the British public, who selected him to go on to win the coveted role and star alongside Spice Girl Melanie C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles, in a spectacular arena tour of the UK. Owing to the huge success of the production, Universal Pictures produced a movie version of the show which played in cinemas across the world, became a best selling DVD and was shown on British television. In 2013 the show toured Australia, before Ben then returned back to the UK with the show, winning critical acclaim once more for his portrayal of the role. In between these tours Ben starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show for which he achieved rave reviews.

Ben has also produced two acoustic albums, which have won him international acclaim and established him as a successful recording artist. He is currently writing an original third album.

During 2014, Ben returned to the West End to guest star in the role of Magaldi in the hit musical Evita alongside Marti Pellow for its run at the Dominion Theatre. And last year, Ben returned to the West End stage reprising his role as Brad Majors in the special celebrity run of The Rocky Horror Show, alongside the creator and theatrical legend Richard O'Brien. The show was viewed by thousands after being broadcast live from the Playhouse Theatre to cinemas all over Europe.

Ben has most recently assumed the leading role of Buddy the Elf in Elf The Musical and was the first actor to do so outside the USA. Elf ran at the Dominion Theatre over the Christmas period and Ben has garnered considerable critical acclaim for his performance as Buddy, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at the What’s on Stage Awards.

Ben was last seen in the West End production of Phantom of the Opera.




Ben Forster News

West End Comes Together For Spectacular MUSICAL CON at ExCel London, 22-23 Oct 2022 Photo West End Comes Together For Spectacular MUSICAL CON at ExCel London, 22-23 Oct 2022
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 22, 2022

Brand new for 2022, thousands of musical theatre fans and enthusiasts will come together under one roof for the first time for a weekend-long celebration of musicals at the iconic ExCeL London.

BroadwayHD to Present FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, EASTER PARADE & More! Photo BroadwayHD to Present FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, EASTER PARADE & More!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

This April, BroadwayHD will bring some of Broadway's most iconic and lavish productions into the homes of theatre fans and families globally.

Ben Forster Sues ELF THE MUSICAL After Onstage Injury Photo Ben Forster Sues ELF THE MUSICAL After Onstage Injury
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2022

West End star Ben Forster is suing the producers of Elf the Musical after he broke his ankle on stage while performing in the show four years ago. 

Finalists Announced For ALPHA UNSIGNED UK Talent Show Photo Finalists Announced For ALPHA UNSIGNED UK Talent Show
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2022

New talent show Alpha Unsigned, which is on the hunt for ‘the next big thing’, has announced its finalists.  20 artists and musicians competed in three heats during 2021 and 2022, with eight finalists winning their heats to go to the final at Indigo O2 for the chance to win an incredible £100,000 record deal with Alpha Music & Records. 

Casting Announced For Corn Exchange Newbury's Pantomime, CINDERELLA Photo Casting Announced For Corn Exchange Newbury's Pantomime, CINDERELLA
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2021

Corn Exchange Newbury has announced the cast for its pantomime, Cinderella, which runs from Friday 26 November 2021 until Sunday 2 January 2022.

Ruthie Henshall, Ben Forster, Mica Paris and More to Take Part in THE BEST OF THE WES Photo Ruthie Henshall, Ben Forster, Mica Paris and More to Take Part in THE BEST OF THE WEST END at Royal Albert Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2021

The Alpha Family has announced that they will have the honour of being the first West End production on the opening week of the iconic Royal Albert Hall. This will be Alpha’s third “Best of the West End” show, following their previous sell-outs at the Hall over the last three years.

Photo Flash: Layton Williams Rehearses Dance Routine For WEST END MUSICAL CELEBRATION Photo Photo Flash: Layton Williams Rehearses Dance Routine For WEST END MUSICAL CELEBRATION - Live At The Palace
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2021

‘Step into the world of musicals’ and ‘become the cast’ in this feel good immersive concert. Brought to you by Chris Steward and Shanay Holmes, the producers of West End Musical Drive In and West End Musical Brunch in association with Nica Burns for six performances from the 10 to 13 June 2021 at the Palace Theatre. It’s the perfect way for musical theatre fans to celebrate!

BWW Review: A KILLER PARTY, Stream.Theatre Photo BWW Review: A KILLER PARTY, Stream.Theatre
by Fiona Scott - May 5, 2021

We’ve certainly come a long way in the “theatre filmed from individual homes” genre of online shows. After a hit debut in the US last year, the musical comedy web series A Killer Party has been adapted for UK audiences featuring an all-star cast headed by Jason Manford, Debbie Kurup, and Rachel Tucker.

Ben Forster Completes the Cast of A KILLER PARTY, Available to Stream From 26 April Photo Ben Forster Completes the Cast of A KILLER PARTY, Available to Stream From 26 April
by Stephi Wild - Apr 14, 2021

Ben Forster will join the cast of the UK premiere of A Killer Party which will be released as a series of 9 episodes to watch on-demand, at home or on the go, bringing the very best of British stage and screen directly into your living room from 26 April – 23 May.

Watch Broadway Shows Online - 130 Musicals That You Can Stream Now! Photo Watch Broadway Shows Online - 130 Musicals That You Can Stream Now!
by Team BWW - Apr 4, 2021

Visit our list of the best musicals & shows you can watch from the comfort of your home! We've got you covered with all the must-sees on streaming sites.

Ben Forster Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Full Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Starring Tim Minchin, Mel VideoVIDEO: Watch the Full Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Starring Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles
by Stage Tube - Apr 11, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Shows Must Go On! continues this week with Jesus Christ Superstar Live Stage Show starring Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles. 

VIDEO: Watch The Playhouse Theatre's Full 2015 Production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW VideoVIDEO: Watch The Playhouse Theatre's Full 2015 Production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
by Stage Tube - Apr 4, 2020

The Playhouse Theatre's full production of The Rocky Horror Show is now available to stream on YouTube!

VIDEO: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is There at West End Live
by Stage Tube - Jun 24, 2017

The West End's free outdoor extravaganza West End Live 2017 returns this Saturday and Sunday. The Phantom of the Opera stars Ben Forster and Celinde Schoenmaker softly and deftly took the stage, check out the video below!

VIDEO: Watch The Live 2017 Olivier Awards Red Carpet Show
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2017

The Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - takes place today, Sunday 9 April, at London's Royal Albert Hall.

VIDEO: Watch West End Stars Sing 'If We Only Have Love' For Childline
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2016

On the 9th November 35 stars of current West End Musicals released Jacques Brel's 'If We Only Have Love' in support of Childline, to spread the message of peace, love, and hope.

STAGE TUBE: Four Phantoms Enchant Today's Crowd at West End Live
by Stage Tube - Jun 18, 2016

This weekend, the casts of more than 30 West End shows perform for free in Trafalgar Square! WEST END LIVE 2016 takes place today, 18 June (11am-6pm) and tomorrow, 19 June (12pm-6pm). Today, the cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA performed 'Masquerade,' as well as the title song, featuring Lisa-Anne Wood as Christine, and Ben Forster, Scott Davies, Peter Lockyer and Jeremy Secomb sharing the role of the Phantom. Watch the performance below!

STAGE TUBE: Opening Night at West End's ELF the Musical
by Robert Diamond - Nov 6, 2015

Check out footage from the show and from the opening night celebration!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights of the London Premiere of ELF, Starring Ben Forster, Kimberley Walsh and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 5, 2015

The full cast for the London premiere of the smash hit musical ELF has been announced.  The company is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs, with Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa and Graham Lappin as Store Manager.  Also in the cast are Katie Bradley, Charlie Bull, Nicola Coates, Alex Fobbester, Anton Fosh, Charlotte Gale, Francis Haugen, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Paul Hutton, Mark Iles, Ceili O'Connor, Debbie Paul, Joanna Rennie, Barnaby Thompson and Ed White.  Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford will alternate the role of Michael.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below!

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes and in the Booths for the ELF Original London Cast Recording
by TV - On the Road - Oct 26, 2015

Click below to watch extended behind-the-scenes footage from the ELF Original London Cast Soundtrack recording session! The album is available now on Silva Screen Records.

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes of ELF's London Cast Recording Sessions!
by TV - On the Road - Oct 19, 2015

Silva Screen Records will release the Original London Cast Soundtrack for ELF on October 23, featuring Ben Forster, Kimberley Walsh, Joe McGann and Jessica Martin. The London premiere of the musical ELF is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell. ELF features a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The cast of the London production is led by Below, we are taking you behind the scenes of the cast recording sessions!


Ben Forster Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ben Forster been in?
Ben Forster has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Ben Forster been in?
Ben Forster has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Ben Forster's first West End show?
Ben Forster's first West End show was Elf The Musical which opened in 2015