Sunday October 21, 2018

gary wilmot





GARY WILMOT was born into showbiz (his father was the Bass voice that sang the unforgettable line, I’m a Mole and I Live in a Hole), but Gary had no early ambitions for the stage. However, he had always shown a talent to entertain and so with encouragement from those around him, he took his first step on the road to stardom. Innumerable guest appearances on television culminated in several of his own TV series, and gained him a national star profile.

In 1989, Gary’s first West End role was that of Bill Snibson in the award winning musical Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre). He played the role to critical acclaim for two years, the late Jack Tinker describing him as, “A musical talent of the highest order”. A successful No.1 theatre tour of a new comedy, Teething Troubles followed, earning him further critical acclaim. Gary also directed a workshop production of this play.
With direction by Simon Callow, Gary’s next role was that of Joe in the award winning Carmen Jones (Old Vic). The role highlighted his dramatic and vocal talents earning him yet further acclaim. Following Carmen Jones and by popular demand, Gary starred in the first sell out national tour of Me And My Girl, which earned him a best actor nomination.         

Gary next went on to star in the world premiere of the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. The same year he recorded a one-hour TV special for the BBC Showstoppers. On airing, the BBC switchboard was inundated with calls for more, and Gary was invited to record a further series of six TV spectaculars with the BBC Concert Orchestra and many national and international guests. He also starred in and directed a tour of Showstoppers, which proved so popular that the original 60 dates were increased to 160. Finishing the run of Copa Gary received a special invitation to recreate his role in Me And My Girl for the final tour of this great show.
In 1997, Gary created the role of Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl by Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, David Zippell and Don Black. Gary received his usual complement of superb notices and took the show on the road in 1998. Ground breaking as always, he ended 1998 with yet another successful characterisation as Fagin in the Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver!, touring through spring and summer 1999.
Gary then spent a highly successful period at the Bristol Old Vic (and touring) in Willy Russell’s play One For The Road and starred in the concert tour of Music To Watch Girls By signing, in his own inimitable style. Next, a No.1 tour of Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions.         

In 2001, Gary joined The New Shakespeare Company and played the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night s Dream (Open Air Theatre Regent s Park) and the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. His performance in the national tour of Giles Havergal's brilliant adaptation of the Graham Greene novel Travels With My Aunt, brought with it yet more critical acclaim.
Gary spent most of 2003-04 occupying the number one dressing room at The London Palladium, where he starred in the record breaking Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and ended his year with his own national concert tour My Kind Of Music taking him to many major concert venues throughout the country.          

That summer he was invited back to The Open Air Theatre to play Dauntless Dick Deadeye in H.M.S Pinafore, and the 2005 Christmas season saw him starring in Santa Claus the Musical at The Mayflower, Southampton. He was also invited back to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the 2006 Christmas season saw him starring as Captain Hook in Peter Pan.  A national tour of Half A Sixpence saw Gary starring as Arthur Kipps in 2007-08. In the middle of which, he managed to fit in a Christmas season production of The Wizard Of Oz as The Scarecrow. On completion of Half A Sixpence he went on a second journey to Oz, this time playing The Cowardly Lion, for the summer of 2008 for Jude Kelly at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Gary finished off 2008 touring in a two-handed concert show With Compliments.         

Gary’s solo albums include Love Situation, The Album recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studio with the London Symphony Orchestra and Double Standards, described as an album of jazz classics past, present and future.

When Gary is not on the road touring, he lives in the beautiful Chiltern Hills in South Buckinghamshire, half way between London and Oxford.

Gary Wilmot's website