[PERFORMER PROFILE] Alex Gaumond

Alex Gaumond’s rise to fame is far from being the stuff of Hollywood, or in this case, West End, legend. He didn’t catch the eye of a casting director in a serendipitous performance for a school play; neither was he handpicked by a producer from a crop of aspiring actors to play the lead in a big musical.

Gaumond’s story is a more modest tale that began in 2000, when he became part of Miss Saigon’s ensemble. It was the Philippine staging that required him to fly halfway across the world. But even then, his talent was slowly being recognized as he was selected to become Miss Saigon’s male lead, Chris’, understudy.

It wasn’t long before he found himself making his West End debut, again as an understudy for the roles of Malcolm, Jerry and Ethan in the West End production of The Full Monty. From there, he went on to become a part of several UK tours, including cult theatre favorites Guys and Dolls, Desperately Seeking Susan and the multiple Olivier Award winning production, Sunday in The Park With George. For almost a decade, Gaumond paid his dues. And by 2009, he was ready to take London stage by storm.

His role as Galileo in We Will Rock You - the recently closed musical based on the music of Queen - his reputation as a veritable stage performer. His success in the musical’s first ever UK tour quickly got him a spot in the 2010 staging of Legally Blonde, which debuted in the Savoy Theatre, playing Emmet opposite Sheridan Smith who was cast as Elle Woods. Gaumond’s performance was credited for being brilliant and fresh, garnering attention from prestigious award winning bodies like the Olivier Awards.

Since then, Alex Gaumond has reprised his role in We Will Rock You (at the Dominion Theatre) and recently added a challenging new role as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award winning production of Tim Minchin’s Matilda. This time, he takes on the iconic role of Miss Trunchbull, Matilda’s terrifying headmistress.

It is perhaps the one of his most novel roles, to date, proving that at 35, Gaumond is in fact one of the most versatile stage actors in London.

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