With a stellar cast of 14 actors and opera singers, our co-production of Sweeney Todd with Northern Ireland Opera is shaping up to be a treat! Have a look at some of the amazing work this talented troupe have under their belts.
Steven Page – Sweeney Todd
Steven returns to the Lyric after his powerful performance as Mr Peachum in our 2018 co-production of The Threepenny Opera with NI Opera. Steven worked as a trademark attorney before training at the National Opera Studio. His long and enduring career has seen appearances with all the major UK opera houses and festivals and throughout Europe, Australia and North America. He has performed in multiple productions of Sweeney Todd, appearing as Judge Turpin in the Welsh National Opera production and as Sweeney for Opera North and Brisbane.
Julie Mullins – Mrs Lovett
Julie may be known to audiences as ‘good Neighbour’ Julie Martin in the ever popular Australian soap opera Neighbours, but her career has spanned screen, stage and page. She has appeared in London productions of Body To Diet For (Etcetera & Landor Theatres, London); Triumphs and Mirth (Shakespeare’s Globe, London) and Babes In The Wood (Sadlers Wells Theatre, London) as well as writing and performing in her own one-woman show All The Girls You Are! (The Pheasantry, London). Julie has written a number of books for children and To Kiss Or Not To Kiss, a collection of honest short stories about a woman’s search for love.
Mark O’Regan – Judge Turpin
It’s a pleasure to welcome Mark to the Lyric Theatre for the first time, but he will be a familiar face to many from his appearances in The Commitments, Angela’s Ashes and everyone’s favourite Irish comedy, Father Ted! Mark is a stalwart of Dublin theatre and has already appeared in a production of Sweeney Todd at the Gate Theatre. Mark has also performed in the Abbey Theatre in The Plough and the Stars, Juno and the Paycock, and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, to name a few.
Richard Croxford – Beadle Bamford
A familiar face to the Lyric, Richard took over as Artistic Director of the theatre 2008 to 2013, after his role as Artistic Director of Replay Productions. Richard has acted, written and directed for numerous theatre companies locally and internationally. Favourite acting roles include Shylock in Merchant of Venice, Dracula in Dracula, and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.
Jessica Hackett – Johanna
Jessica is a 22-year old lyric soprano from Co. Meath who is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio. She began the season with the company performing the role of Fanny in La cambiale di matrimonio followed by covering the main stage role of Gilda in Rigoletto. Jessica has previously taken up the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd for C.M.D.S. so we can’t wait to see her performance.
John Porter – Anthony Hope
Hailing from Donegal, Ireland, John also joins us from the NI Opera Studio. He is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera and University of Ulster. He currently studies under the tutelage of, Rosa Mannion, Catrin Wyn-Davies and Audrey Hyland. Also an alumnus of the Georg Solti Accademia and Les Azuriales, John has found professional advance as a former Young Artist for Garsington Opera and Northern Ireland Opera.
Jack Wolfe – Tobias Ragg
Jack trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2017. Previously starring as Danny and understudy of Pinocchio in Pinocchio (National Theatre) and The March Hare in The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Chipping Campden). Jack made his professional debut as Louis Braille in The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre). We are thrilled to welcome Jack to the Lyric!
Elaine Hearty – Beggar Woman / Lucy Barker
This is Elaine’s debut performance at the Lyric and we’re delighted to have her. She has previously performed in Belfast in Angela’s Ashes (Lime Tree Theatre, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Belfast Opera House). Her talents span film, television and radio, and her achievements include winning the 2FM Song Contest and the ‘Short Film Slam’ with Galway Film Fleadh. She writes and produces films as Director at Smart Blondes Productions.
Matthew Cavan – Adolfo Pirelli
It’s always a pleasure welcoming Matthew to the Lyric Theatre. He has previously appeared in our co-production of The Threepenny Opera with NI Opera, and is a regular in the building with his work for The Belfast Ensemble. Matthew was the Associate Director on The Doppler Effect and The Hapsburg Tragedies with The Belfast Ensemble, and was Assistant Director on The Ladykillers with the Lyric Theatre.
Tommy Wallace – Ensemble
We are excited to welcome back Tommy Wallace, another amazing cast member from The Threepenny Opera. His other credits with the Lyric Theatre include Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory, Cinderella, and Smiley. Tommy has also starred in Is It Me? (BBC Radio N. Ireland), Heartburn Hotel (BBC 2) and A Touch of Frost (Yorkshire Television).
Dawn Burns – Ensemble
Born in Belfast, Dawn is a former winner of the NI Opera Festival of Voice and recipient of the Arts Council / BBC NI Young Musicians’ Platform Award and member of of the NI Opera Studio Artist Programme. Her concert highlights include performances with the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Fringe Events. Radio appearances include BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show and Classical Connections.
Jolene O’Hara – Ensemble
Jolene O’Hara currently resides in her hometown, Belfast. She graduated from Queen’s University,
Belfast with a degree in Engineering before training through The London College of Music. Jolene is another familiar face to Lyric Theatre and NI Opera audiences, having also appeared in last year’s The Threepenny Opera, and more recently in Good Vibrations!
Enda Kilroy – Ensemble
Originally from Galway, Enda is delighted to be back at the Lyric Theatre, and we’re thrilled to have him back! Enda was a scene stealer in the Lyric Theatre/Bruiser co-production of The Colleen Bawn last year. He previously appeared in The Lonesome West at the Lyric in 2005 and has had success as a writer; recently winning the Irish Novel Fair, 2017 with his first book, ‘The Last Carnival’, which is due to be published later this year.
Christopher Cull – Ensemble
Northern Irish baritone Christopher Cull is an alumnus of Queen’s University, Belfast, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Opera Course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He has previously performed with NI Opera in Don Giovanni, The Importance of Being Earnest and Macbeth.
Don’t miss them in Sweeney Todd at the Lyric Theatre from 02 – 23 Feb!