Interview with Gemma Sutton

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Spotlight on Gemma Sutton

Gemma is currently starring in The Rink at Southwark Playhouse until 23rd June. I caught up with Gemma at the Playhouse and we talked about her favourite roles to date, who was her childhood hero and what she can’t live without.



Gemma was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire and trained in Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, graduating with a first class degree in 2007.

Theatre includes:

Fran in Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto), Marian in The Go Between (Apollo Theatre, London) June/Louise in Gypsy (Savoy Theatre, London), Maria in Sound of Music (Cairo), June in Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre), Julie Jordan in Carousel (Arcola Theatre), The Girl in Blues in the Night (Hackney Empire), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Leicester Curve Theatre), Drunk (Leicester Curve Theatre and The Bridewell Theatre, London), Amber in Hairspray (UK Tour), Sally in Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre) Enid/first cover Elle in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre, West End), Ruby in Dames at Sea (Union Theatre) Constance in The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre) Laurey in Oklahoma! (2010 UK tour with Marti Webb and Mark Evans), Careen O’Hara and u/s Melanie in Trevor Nunn’s Gone with the Wind (New London Theatre), u/s and played Rebecca in the London premier of Imagine This (New London Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Lady Be Good and Fay in Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Regent’s Park Open Air, London), Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Babe Botrelle in Crimes of the Heart (Union Theatre).

Film/TV includes:

Soloist – West Side Stories, BBC2 Tasha Wright in Doctors for the BBC, Beryl Marsden in Cilla for ITV, June in Gypsy:Live at the Savoy Theatre (BBC), Imagine This (Filmed at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane) and Olivier Awards Ceremony 2011 (BBC)

Recordings include: 

Gypsy (London Cast Recording), Imagine This (Original London Cast Recording), Bluebird (Original Concept Recording), Spittin’ Distance (National Theatre Studios), and Jackie in Terminal Four Play (Urban Scrawl).

As this is a filmed interview here are a few of the questions I asked Gemma.

Tell me and my audience a brief idea of your journey so far?
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided this is what you wanted to do?
What’s the best thing you’ve seen recently?
What role do you aspire to in years to come/ What role do you covet most?
Best role you’ve played to date?
Who would you most like to work with and haven’t as yet had the chance to do so?
You are on a desert island – what would be your luxury item you must have with you?
A few fun questions I always ask? 
If you could go back in time to any period in history when would you go back to and why?
What super power would you choose to have if you could?
And finally
If you could invite 3 dinner guests dead or alive who would you invite and what would your theme be?


25 May to 23 June 2018

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway

London SE1 6BD

Performance Times:

Monday – Friday 7.30pm

Saturday and Tuesday 3.00pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £25 and £20 concessions (from £14 during previews)

Box Office:  020 7407 0234

Twitter: @TheRinkMusical

If you would like to read my review of The Rink follow this link 

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