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Training: Peter read English at Edinburgh University before training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre includes: Roscoe Dexter in Singin’ in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre), Henrik/Fabian in The Observer, Rudolf ‘Katie’ Kommer in Afterlife and Selwyn Lloyd in Never So Good (NT), The Officer/Lord Elgin in the multi-award-winning Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh Festival and on tour in Scotland, Dublin and New York), Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward), Mervyn Bickerdyke in Henceforward... (Vaudeville), Ted in Two Weeks with the Queen (NT), Dad in My Dad’s a Birdman (Young Vic), Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sir TobyBelchin Twelfth Night, Antipholus in The Comedy of Errors, Sebastian in The Tempest, Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, High Society, Paint Your Wagon (Open Air, Regent’s Park), Dicky Sainsbury in Donkeys’ Years (UK tour), Arnolphe in Educating Agnes (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2011 Best Male Performance nomination), Darwitts /Mrs Pooter in Diary of a Nobody, Aunt Augusta in Travels with My Aunt (Royal Theatre Northampton), Porthos in The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain (Traverse and ETT), Dr Livesey in Treasure Island (Rose, Kingston), Lord Loverule in A Journey to London, Mr Irwine/Bartle Massey in Adam Bede, Monsieur Hubertin in Winner Takes All (Orange Tree), Desmond in A Small Family Business (Chichester Festival Theatre), Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Buckingham in Richard III, Captain Boyle in Juno and the Paycock, Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Leicester Haymarket), Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi (Colchester Mercury), several seasons for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, including world premieres of Man of the Moment, Body Language and A Word from Our Sponsor, andrepertory seasons in Harrogate, Chester, Lancaster, Dundee and Stoke on Trent.

Television includes: Peter Kosminsky’s The Promise, The Government Inspector and Walking on the Moon, Black Watch, The First Men in the Moon, Berkeley Square, Doctors, Taggart, The Bill, Casualty, A Touch of Frost, The Stalker’s Apprentice, Bad Girls, Grange Hill, Bernard’s Watch, Out of Sight, Taking The Floor and The English Revolution.

Film includes: Wilde and Blue Ice.

Radio includes: Burns and the Bankers, Black Watch, Beryl Du Jour, Raffles and Two Weeks with The Queen. Peter can be heard on recent audiobooks The Impossible Dead, The Complaints and A Cool Head by Ian Rankin, The Black House and The Lewis Man by Peter May, The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden and Nemesis – Into the Shadows by Catherine MacPhail.

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[West End]
London Return Engagement, 2019
Buddy Plummer

[West End]
National Theatre Premiere, 2017
Buddy Plummer

[West End]
West End Transfer, 2012

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A TUPPERWARE OF ASHES, THE OTHER PLACE, and More Set For the National Theatre's Autumn Season

The National Theatre has announced two new productions for its South Bank stages this autumn: the world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s A Tupperware of Ashes in the Dorfman theatre, and a new play by Alexander Zeldin inspired by Antigone called The Other Place in the Lyttelton theatre.
Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY, Alexandra Palace

Taking your family to a production of Charles’ Dickens A Christmas Carol is almost as expected as taking them to your local pantomime with at least three major productions running this year alone. No stranger to reinterpreting classic works, Mark Gattis’ (Sherlock, Dracula, Dr Who) 2021 production returns to haunt the Alexandra Palace this festive season.
Tickets From £27.50 for A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY at Alexandra Palace

Mark Gatiss's acclaimed retelling of Dickens' winter ghost story returns to the hauntingly atmospheric Alexandra Palace with a brilliant new cast. Star of stage and screen Keith Allen (Shallow Grave, Robin Hood, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Pembrokeshire Murders, The Homecoming) will play the role of Scrooge with Peter Forbes (Follies) as Marley. 
THE WITCHES Leads our Top Ten Shows for November

The nights may be getting longer and darker, but the West End is bright with fabulous new productions this November.
Tickets From £19 for Mark Gatiss' A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Mark Gatiss' acclaimed retelling of Dickens' winter ghost story returns to the hauntingly atmospheric Alexandra Palace with a brilliant new cast. Star of stage and screen Keith Allen (Shallow Grave, Robin Hood, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Pembrokeshire Murders, The Homecoming) will play the role of Scrooge with Peter Forbes (Follies) as Marley.
Lyric Theatre Belfast, Sheffield Theatres, and More Nominated For 2023 UK Theatre Awards

The nominees for this year’s UK Theatre Awards have been announced. Among those with many nominees are Lyric Theatre Belfast, Sheffield Theatres, and more. Check out the full list of nominees here!
Keith Allen Will Star as Scrooge in Mark Gatiss' Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Full casting has been announced for the revival of Mark Gatiss' acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Review: ASSASSINS, Chichester Festival Theatre

Blazing new production of strange and unsettling musical that leaves you with much to consider
Full Company Announced for ASSASSINS at Chichester Festival Theatre

Audiences will be catapulted into the American political arena where music, folklore and show-business collide head-on with the American Dream, for the first major production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins since the composer’s death in 2021. 
Viola Davis, Jeff Daniels, Billy Porter And More Among 2023 Audie Award Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced finalists for the 2023 Audie Awards®, the premier awards program recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Winners across 26 competitive categories will be revealed at the Audie Awards Gala on March 28. The ceremony will be streamed to the public from Chelsea Piers’ Pier Sixty in NYC. 
Photos: First Look at Sheffield Theatres' Climate Emergency Double Bill, THE CONTINGENCY PLAN

All new photos have been released from Sheffield Theatres' Climate Emergency Double Bill, The Contingency Plan, by Steve Waters.
Photos: First Look at THE CONTINGENCY PLAN Double Bill at Sheffield Theatres

Steve Waters’ climate-emergency double bill is brought up to date, specially revised for this Sheffield run thirteen years after their acclaimed debut in 2009. Check out photos here!
Sheffield Theatres Announce Cast For Climate Emergency Double Bill, THE CONTINGENCY PLAN

Sheffield Theatres has announced the full cast for the double bill of climate change plays by playwright Steve Waters: Resilience and On The Beach, part of The Contingency Plan, which will open at the Crucible, Sheffield on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October respectively.
Review: JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN, National Theatre

Jack Absolute Flies Again! Originally scheduled for the Spring of 2020, it took two years, a director change, and a cast reshuffling for the show to get off the ground. It finally lands at the Olivier in a flashy production that has very little substance. One wonders how such a play ended up on one of the most coveted, prominent stages in London.
Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Opening at Curve

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF will open at Curve on 3 September, before touring to Liverpool Playhouse 22 September – 2 October, Marlowe Theatre 6 – 9 October, The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich 12 – 16 October, Theatr Clwyd 19 – 23 October, concluding at Mast Mayflower Studios Southampton 26 – 30 October.
MUGABE & ME Will Be Performed at York Theatre Royal Next Month

The autobiographical play about growing up in 1980's Zimbabwe following independence opens at York Theatre Royal on 14 September, with previews from 9 September, until 18 September, with tour dates for 2022 to be announced.
Full Cast Announced for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Leicester's Curve Theatre

Leicester’s Curve theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and English Touring Theatre revealed the full company for the upcoming co-production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Anthony Almeida, which will open at Curve on 3 September, and then tour venues across England and Wales.
The Shows That Made Us: FOLLIES

I owe a lot to Follies - friendships with fans and actors and occasional pieces of journalism have resulted from the show - but it made me realise how transformative live theatre can be. Thinking about it, it's ironic that a show signalling the death of old Broadway should ignite such a passion, but isn't that the point of Follies?
BWW Flashback: Imelda Staunton Takes the Stage, From GYPSY to FOLLIES!

It's a big week for Imelda Staunton. Following rumors that the stage and screen star was in talks to take over as Queen Elizabeth is season 5 and 6 of The Crown, it was announced that she would take on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in a new West End production of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!
2018 FOLLIES Cast Recording is Now Available At The NT Bookshop

Following the final performance of Follies in the Olivier on 11 May, the National Theatre announces the CD release of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical Follies - 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording this Friday, 17 May.


How many Broadway shows has Peter Forbes been in?

Peter Forbes has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Peter Forbes been in?

Peter Forbes has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Peter Forbes's first West End show?

Peter Forbes's first West End show was Singin' in the Rain which opened in 2012

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