Charlie Stemp

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Charlie Stemp
Born (1993-11-30) 30 November 1993 (age 24)
Peckham, London
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer

Charlie Stemp (born 30 November 1993) is an English actor. Stemp came to prominence for his leading role as Arthur Kipps in the West End musical Half a Sixpence.

Early life[edit]

Stemp was born and raised in Peckham, London.[1] He attended the Belcanto London Academy Theatre School,[2] and trained for three years at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.[3] He is also a keen football and rugby player.[4]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Stemp performed in Wicked in London's West End [5] and was cast as Eddie in the international tour of the musical Mamma Mia!.[6] Stemp also appeared in the film Knarcolepsy.[7]

Stemp appeared as the lead actor in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Half a Sixpence, written by Julian Fellowes. He first performed the role at Chichester Festival Theatre from July to September 2016.[8] In October 2016, the musical transferred to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End, and extended its booking to 2 September 2017. For this role, Stemp won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical and was nominated for the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Stemp appeared on Broadway in the revival of Hello, Dolly!, starting on January 20, 2018, officially on February 22, 2018, as Barnaby Tucker. He took over the role originally played by Taylor Trensch. This marked his Broadway debut.[9] The show closed on August 25, 2018.

On 13 September 2018, it was announced that Stemp would be playing the role of Bert in a West End revival of Mary Poppins opposite Zizi Strallen in the title role, due to open at the Prince Edward Theatre in the autumn of 2019.

Theatre Credits[edit]

Year Production Role Venue Notes
2013 Wicked Ensemble Apollo Victoria Theatre West End
2015 Mamma Mia! Eddie Various International Tour
2016 Half a Sixpence Arthur Kipps Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester
2016–17 Noël Coward Theatre West End
2017–18 Dick Whittington Dick Whittington London Palladium West End
2018 Hello, Dolly! Barnaby Tucker Shubert Theatre Broadway
2018–19 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Prince Charming London Palladium West End
2019–20 Mary Poppins Bert Prince Edward Theatre West End

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards Best Actor in a New Production of a Musical Half a Sixpence Nominated
WhatsOnStage Awards Best Actor in a Musical Won
Laurence Olivier Awards Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
2018 Theatre World Award Outstanding Broadway Debut Hello Dolly Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Half a Sixpence / CountryWives". 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Half a Sixpence star Charlie Stemp reflects on a remarkable run".
  3. ^ "Rising star: Half A Sixpence's Charlie Stemp - theatre.london". 27 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Half a Sixpence's Charlie Stemp: 'I'm like a back rash'". 25 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Half a Sixpence at Chichester – two young actors introduced". 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Cameron Mackintosh hails Charlie Stemp as best new star since Michael Crawford - News - The Stage". 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ Sixpence, Half A. "Charlie Stemp - Half A Sixpence".
  8. ^ "REVIEW: You won't be short-changed by Half a Sixpence at Chichester Festival Theatre".
  9. ^ McPhee, Ryan. Bernadette Peters Is Broadway's New Hello, Dolly! Headliner Beginning January 20" Playbill, January 20, 2018