May the voice be with you! Is that really Luke Skywalker (aka Mark Hamill) voicing a character in Eugenius?

27 Jan
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Warwick Davis and Mark Hamill (Return of the Jedi)

The news is out that Star Wars legend Mark Hamill will be the voice of ‘Kevin The Robot’ in Eugenius! The Musical which has its gala night on 31 January at The Other Palace.

Hamill is most famous for his roles on screen; in particular, playing the iconic role of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film franchise. The actor is also renowned as one of the world’s leading voice actors and has voiced a number of character roles including The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, for which he won a BAFTA. Hamill has also guest starred as a voice actor in the internationally acclaimed series, Family Guy and The Simpsons.

Hamill said of his part in the production today: “I am thrilled to be the voice of a character in this new British musical, and to be supporting Warwick in his new venture. ‘Kevin The Robot’ is a small but important cameo in this nostalgic show which is currently taking London by storm with a brilliant original soundtrack and storyline.”

Producer Warwick Davis commented: “I have known Mark as a friend since first working with him in Return of the Jedi in 1981. He’s such a talented voice actor and I feel very lucky he agreed to take a cameo in Eugenius! How did I persuade him to do it, you might ask? Well, it could have been a Jedi mind trick… ‘This is the droid you need to voice’.”

Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins’ musical Eugenius! tells the story of Eugene, a teenage boy whose nightly dreams of a distant world of heroes and villains may just be the ticket to him creating his very own comic book movie in Hollywood. Joined by his best friends ‘Janey’ and ‘Feris’, our comic writing genius must discover the true meaning of growing up, finding the superhero within, saving the world from both earthbound villains and possibly those from distant galaxies, and along the way, falling in love.

The cast includes American-born Liam Forde who will be making his London debut as Eugene. Laura Baldwin (UK tours of Shrek and Betty Blue Eyes) plays love interest Janey.

Joining them are: Daniel Buckley, Ian Hughes, Scott Paige, Cameron Blakely, Shaun Dalton, Melissa James, Alexander Evans, Alison Arnopp, Brian Gilligan, Jacob Fisher, Alex Tranter, Luke Dowling, Rosie Heath, Chloe Chambers and Frances Dee. The director of the concert performance, award-winning Ian Talbot, again take the reins for The Other Palace production which runs at The Other Palace until 3 March 2018.