Paul Keating (actor)
Keating, a native of London, won the title role in the West End production of Pete Townshend's musical Tommy in 1996 from open auditions around the world. He was subsequently nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for this performance.
Keating has appeared in Lost in Yonkers (1992/3) at the Novello Theatre and as The Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at the New End Theatre. In 1999 he appeared in Escape from Pterodactyl Island at the Pleasance Theatre and as Agon in La Cava (2000) at the Piccadilly Theatre and Victoria Palace Theatre.
Keating played the lead role, Straight Dave, in the 2001 world premiere production of Closer to Heaven, a musical by Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey. Keating was nominated for his second Olivier award for his performance. Keating performed on the soundtrack album Closer to Heaven (Original Cast Recording) (October 2001) and a single of his recording of "Positive role model" was planned but cancelled when the London production closed.
Keating starred as Giglio in the UK premiere of the musical The Rose and the Ring at the Hen and Chickens Theatre (2001/2) and in September 2002 joined the cast of Full Monty at the Price of Wales Theatre. In 2003 Keating was cast as Henrik Egerman in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Courtyard Theater at The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, which was in collaboration with the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, opening on 23 December 2003 (closing 15 February 2004).
2004/5 saw Keating playing Prince of Palma in Don Carlos by Frederick Schiller in a new version by Mike Poulton directed by Michael Grandage at The Crucible Theatre Sheffield and Gielgud Theatre, London.
Keating played the lead Seymour in the 2006/7 production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The show was a sell out success and transferred to the West End to the Duke of York's Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre. The show was nominated for best Musical at the 2008 Olivier awards.
In December 2007 Keating played Buttons in Stephen Fry's Cinderella at the Old Vic Theatre. From 23 October to 29 November 2008, Keating played Jamie in the Leicester Square Theatre's production of Matthew Todd's Blowing Whistles, alongside Stuart Laing and newcomer Daniel Finn.
He most recently originated the role of the Scarecrow in the new West End production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. His other role in this musical is Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's farmhand, Hunk, who is the Scarecrow's Kansas counterpart.
Television and film career
- Children's BBC's Troublemakers with Keeley Hawes, his first television role, age 13
- Heterosexuality by Rikki Beadle Blair for Channel 4 - Prequel to Metrosexuality, also by Beadle Blair (1999)
- Metrosexuality by Rikki Beadle Blair for Channel 4 (2001)
- Secret Britain for Channel 4
- Ambassador with Pauline Collins for BBC1
- Pen Pics for Channel 4
- The Bill for ITV1
- Casualty for BBC1
- Keating appeared in the feature film Bring Me The Head Of Mavis Davis (1998) playing Danny Aiello's son Paul Rathbone. and as an apostle in the 2000 Gale Edwards' video adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar for Really Useful Films.
- In BBC One's EastEnders Keating appeared as Christian Clarke's love interest/friend James Mackie.
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- Hannah Waddingham, Paul Keating and More Cast in London Palladium's New Wizard of Oz
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