The Stephen Sondheim Society returns to the Phoenix Artist Club with another evening of Sondheim cabaret hosted by Tim McArthur and MD Aaron Clingham. This month’s three guests include a finalist from this year’s SSSSPOTY competition, the star of GHOST The Musical and Groundhog Day, and a cabaret-scene regular last seen in Grease.
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VERITY BLYTH: Verity graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in Theatre & Performance, and from the FdA Professional Acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2017. While at Bristol, she won a place at the final of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year award, where she sang “Losing My Mind”.
Stage credits include: Alice/Sally in 13, Kassandra in Iceland, Joe Crowell in Our Town and Silver in Treasure Island. Credits in training include: Mary Stuart in Vivat! Vivat, Regina!, Mette in Festen, Dysart in Equus, Peaches in Americana. In 2011, she played Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the LUU Music Theatre Society, and 2012 Eva Peron in Evita, also for LUU. Awards include: NSDF Sunday Times Musical Performance Award 2014, Laurence Olivier Bursary Award Nominee 2016, Julian Slade Musical Talent Award 2016, Andy Fraser Stage Combat Prize 2016.
Other credits include Myra in a workshop of Eammon O’Dwyer and Helen Watts’ Mrs Beeton Says: The Musical (workshop) and Lily/Hyacinth in Wives & Daughters (radio).
CAROLYN MAITLAND: Carolyn is a graduate of the three-year Acting/Musical Theatre course at the Elmhurst School of dance. Credits include: Molly Jensen in GHOST The Musical (UK Tour), Joelle and U/S Rita Hanson in Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Woman 1 in Starting Here Starting Now – Maltby & Shire Musical Review (Pheasantry), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (ACT Aberdeen), Ellen Scott in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward), Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain (Wilworth House), Rose and U/S Karen Holmes in From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury), ensemble and U/S Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate (Chichester/Old Vic), swing and U/S Vivienne/Serena in Legally Blonde (Savoy), ensemble and 1st cover Gabriella in High School Musical 2 (UK Tour), ensemble and 1st cover Movel in Fame (UK Tour), and ensemble in Mamma Mia (International Tour).
Carolyn has also performed as a singer/dancer in Spirit of the Dance in the UK, USA and Shanghai, and was a backing dancer at the 2002 MOBO Awards.
BEN STOCK: Ben graduated from the Guildford School of Acting with a first class honours degree and the Principal’s Prize for Musical Theatre.
In the West End, Ben has played Eugene in Grease, Inventor in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Roger The Cabin Boy in Dame Edna, The Spectacle, and Victor Saville in Over My Shoulder: The Jessie Matthews Story.
On tour, Ben played Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Noel Coward in Noel and Gertie, PC Boot in Salad Days, Teddy Shapiro in Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand, Tomfoolery, Glenn Miller in Bugle Boy and was the alternate Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
In London, Ben has also been seen in Noël and Gerties as Noël Coward at the Cockpit, G and I – Going into Battle with Gertrude Lawrence at the New End, Gay’s The Word at Jermyn Street, Anyone Can Whistle at the Covent Garden Festival, Rags at the Lyric, Merman’s Apprentice at the Landor, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Lost Musicals) and Follow That Girl at the Theatre Museum.
Ben’s regional work includes Cornelius in Hello Dolly!, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Chorus Of Disapproval and Single Spies (Pitlochry), Glorious, Tomfoolery, Cole and Charley’s Aunt (Frinton), French Without Tears and Over My Shoulder (Sonning), Murder Mystery Musical (Edinburgh Fringe), Alice In Wonderland (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Our Gracie, Stepping Out and Feels Like The First Time (Oldham Coliseum), La Cage Aux Folles (English Theater, Frankfurt) and Annie (Perth).
Ben has his own cabaret shows entitled …And There Was Music and The Land of Make Believe, which have played to sell-out audiences at The Pheasantry and the Crazy Coqs, and across the UK and Far East. He has also recorded his first solo album, also called …And There Was Music. 2017 saw Ben make his New York cabaret debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below.