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From a mining city in the North East of England to an international theatre “Superstar”, many have compared Ben Forster’s real life story to that of the famous Billy Elliot movie.
Ben grew up in the UK city of Sunderland in the mid 1980’s. At the age of 16, this real life Billy Elliot, won a scholarship to attend the world famous Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy. Ben’s transition from Sunderland schoolboy to the theatre world of London was captured in a successful prime time BBC1 documentary, ‘The Dream Academy’.
Since debuting in his first West End musical at the age of eighteen, in the epic show, La Cava, created by the Broccoli family of James Bond fame, Ben has had a successful theatre career. He has performed in numerous shows including, Grease, in the West End and on international tour. In the original cast of Lennon and McCartney’s, All You Need is Love and starred as part of the original cast in the hugely successful West End production, Thriller Live, taking the show from the London onto international tours.
Ben shot to fame in 2012 after winning the ITV1 show, ‘Superstar’, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webbers TV talent search for Jesus in the rock arena musical, Jesus Christ Superstar. Ben competed against thousands and performed live to millions throughout the series. His talent and loveable personality won the hearts of the British public, who selected him to go on to win the coveted role and star along side Spice Girl Melanie C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles, in a spectacular arena tour of the UK. Owing to the huge success of the production, Universal Pictures produced a movie version of the show which was played in cinemas all over the world, became a best selling DVD and was recently shown on British TV as part of channel 5’s Christmas line up. In 2013 the show toured Australia, becoming one of the highest grossing Australian arena tours of all time. Ben then returned back to the UK with the show, winning critical acclaim once more for his portrayal of the role.
In between these tours Ben starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s classic hit, The Rocky Horror Show. Ben achieved rave reviews and demonstrated the versatility in his performance skills.
Ben has also produced two acoustic albums, which have won him international appraise and established him as a successful recording artist. He is currently working on and writing an original third album. Ben has performed duets with some of the UK’s most famous leading ladies of the pop and theatre world and appeared on prime time TV shows, such as The Jonathan Ross Show and This Morning.
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Ben Forster Melanie C Tim MInchin perform Everything's Alright. on The Johnathan Ross show UK
Ben Forster - Winner of ITV's Superstar performing Foreigner COLD AS ICE live. New album available from www.officialbenforster.com
Ben Forster - Winner of ITV's Superstar performing Tracy Chapman's FAST CAR live. New album available from www.officialbenforster.com
Ben Forster - Winner of ITV's Superstar performing REM's Everybody Hurts live. New album available from www.officialbenforster.com
Winner of ITV's Superstar. new album out now available from www.officialbenforster.com
HI everyone! this is a preview of my album. i hope you like it. all my fav songs in one place. nice and simple just me and a guitar. www.officialbenforster.com
The Rocky Horror Show The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist u...
Playing for a strictly limited 10-week West End season, Elf is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema film hit starring Will Ferrell. It tells the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abi...
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October...
2016 schedule About West End LIVE Celebrating its 12th year in 2016, West End LIVE is a free, two-day musical extravaganz showcasing the best of West End theatre. It regularly attracts more than 500,000 people to watch live performances from dozens of West End musicals over the course of the weekend and is the largest event of its type in the ...
THE OLIVIER AWARDS WITH MASTERCARD British theatre’s most sought-after awards have been a mark of theatrical greatness since they were inaugurated in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards. The society is now known as Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and its glittering awards are now the Olivier Awards in honour of a theatrical legend. Th...
About West End LIVE Celebrating its 13th year in 2017, West End LIVE is a free, two-day musical extravaganza showcasing the best of West End theatre. It regularly attracts more than 500,000 people to watch live performances from dozens of West End musicals over the course of the weekend and is the largest event of its type in the world. West End ...
Playing at London’s The Other Palace from 11 to 23 February 2019, the Taster Menu series – as part of the inaugural MT Fest UK – will showcase eight new musicals via 45-minute semi-staged stagings. So which performers are bringing these new works to life? Read on…
A stream of A-listers including Paul McCartney, Bryan Cranston, Judi Dench, Henry Cavill, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black, Steve Martin and more have contributed to a music video for ‘The Hero – A West End & Friends Tribute’ alongside stars of London’s West End (Charlie Stemp, Marisha Wallace, Cleve September, Kerry Ellis and oodles more #StageFaves). Everyone involved wished to pay thanks to servicemen and women around the world and to raise money for the UK charity, Help For Heroes.
Our #StageFavesSongOfTheWeek this week was from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA so we thought we'd continue the trend! This weeks #PalladiumPicks is also from the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, this time with Ben Forster singing "Music Of The Night".
To celebrate #LoveTheatreDay, we rounded up 20 top #StageFaves tweets that show what makes theatre so special. We’ve got lots of love, magic, inspiration, debuts, surprises and even chin-lip-synching (thank you, BOOK Of MORMON!). We think every day should be #LoveTheatreDay!
Last night (17 September 2017), our vlogger Perry O'Bree attended the first-ever The Stage Debut Awards. Watch his full event takeover, including red carpet arrivals and interviews with stars including your #StageFaves musical winners: Miriam Teak-Lee, Samuel Thomas, Christina Bennington (collecting for Andrew Polec) and Everybody's Talking About Jamie composer Dan Gillespie-Sells.