Lead West End role for former King's Lynn Players star
A former member of the King’s Lynn Players is currently on stage at the West End as a lead role in The Phantom of the Opera.
David Thaxton has been selected to play the phantom as he stars at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket.
Mr Thaxton attended Springwood High School and was raised up in Leziate, near Lynn.
He was trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he won Young Welsh Musical Theatre Singer of the Year.
Chairman of King’s Lynn Players, Chris Fox, said: “He had the talent from a very early age. He will go on to play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in my opinion, which everyone wants to play.
“David is still quite young as he is in his late 30s, so he has got a few years left in him and will reach the pinnacle. He’s a very talented lad as well as a musician.”
Having starred in the Donmar Warehouse’s Passion as Giorgio, for which he won the 2011 Olivier Award for best actor in a musical, Mr Thaxton went on to play Pilate in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2017.
The 36-year-old was also a member of the production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre from 2005 to 2007, playing the roles of Courfeyrac and Bamatabois. He then returned to Les Misérables in 2008 as Enjolras.
Mr Fox said he went to see David in London a few months ago in Camelot, although he was not able to reveal the fact that he was due to play the phantom.
Alison Ding of the King’s Lynn Players was in the audience for the opening performance of the Phantom of the Opera on Monday, December 10.
She said: “You would never have known it was his first performance as the phantom. He has got such an amazingly powerful singing voice.
“He played a particularly tortured phantom role, which made you sympathise with the character. His pairing with the young girl [Christine Daae played by Kelly Mathieson] was a lovely pairing.
“I have seen him perform a few times. He has developed from when he was in Les Misérables. The world is his oyster.
“I am not the biggest lover of Phantom of the Opera so I only really went to see it because he was in it, and I really enjoyed the performance.”
Mr Thaxton is a founding member of the band Divisions and is also a co-founder of W1Workshops, which provides affordable performance training for actors and actresses in London.
Previous stage roles also include Raoul in Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, Major John Howard in Only The Brave at Wales Millennium Centre and Roger plus MD in Roller Diner at Soho Theatre.
Talking about Mr Thaxton’s theatrical ability, Chris Fox added: “If there was a role to play, David would have it.
“He is still only a whippersnapper. Only time will tell but he has clearly left an impression on everyone in this part of the world.”
The Phantom of the Opera is now in its 33rd year since it first hit the stage in October 1986.
The show is a winner of 70 major theatre awards and has been seen live by more than 140 million people.
For more information and ticket details on the show, call Her Majesty’s Theatre box office on 02070877762.