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Monday, 30 March 2020

The Corona Diaries: George Ure

These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, it hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times. 

Let's stick together, share the love and get through this as a community! 

*Some information mentioned in this article may be out of date due to the progress of the current situation. Please keep that in mind when reading*

George Ure most recently finished his third run as Boq in Wicked, having previously been in the West End production and on the original UK & Ireland tour. Other credits include Rusty’ in Starlight Express for Andrew Lloyd-Webber (The Other Palace); ‘Zaki’ in Big Fish (The Other Palace); ‘Tobias Ragg’ in Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera, West Yorkshire Playhouse and La Monnaie De Munt); ‘Tom’ in Millennium (Soho Theatre); the title role in Peter Pan (Milton Keynes Theatre) and Hair (European tour)

On Monday 17th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out and what was your initial reaction? 

If I remember rightly I was wading through a supermarket trying to get a few bits and bobs (in sensible amounts I should add!) when theatre by theatre started to close. Being in numerous social groups on different mediums, my phone was buzzing off the hook. My initial reaction was bewilderment as I know just what it takes to make such a decision. But also I hugely respected the various producers and theatre owners for making such a difficult decision to not only protect their own people, but the public at large. 

Can you tell us anything productive you’ve been doing? 

What I did was take the time to actually stop, reflect, enjoy my own company and be as productive as possible within the confines of the current situation. My house has never been cleaner and there’s only so much laundry one person can do, but a clear space is a clear mind, right?! Amazingly the team at The Urdang Academy (where I am a Musical Theatre teacher) managed to get a whole timetable of classes online, so I have been able to connect with the students which has been a joy. I’ve been in touch with fellow creatives regarding projects and initiatives which has been really heartwarming. In terms of new skills - Tesco has the slickest shelves in town as I started with them yesterday due to the demand for temporary workers. I’m not a medical professional and I don’t drive, but I can make myself useful and contribute in my own way. Every little helps as the saying goes.

Monday, 11 September 2017


The Other Palace is set to do a concert-style workshop performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS, in The Theatre at The Other Palace.

Members of the original creative team of STARLIGHT EXPRESS will collaborate again, along with a group of carefully chosen actors and musicians to explore the piece. Focussing on the score and lyrics, and working for a week before the public showings, Andrew and the team will continue to work on the show in the daytime before evening performances, responding to audience reaction and feedback as they navigate the exciting process of revisiting this classic work.

The cast includes Christina Bennington (Pearl), George Ure (Rusty), Oliver Tompsett (Greaseball), Liam Tamne (Electra), Patrick Sullivan (Caboose), Natalie McQeen (Dinah) Sabrina Aloueche (Belle), Laila Zaidi (Tassita), Mica Paris (Mamma, formerly Papa), Anthony Selwyn, Michael James Stewart, Parisa Shahmir, Jamal Andreas, Carl Man & Divine Cresswell with Jude Harper-Wrobel as Control.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

WICKED 10: George Ure

Firstly, tell us what part you played and what year(s) you were in the company! 
My adventure with the show started in 2008 when I joined the London company as 2nd U/S for Boq. In 2009 I was promoted to 1st U/S, and in 2010 I took over the role. I came back to the show in 2013 as part of the Original UK/Irelend Tour.

Do you remember seeing WICKED for the first time? When and where was it?
I remember it like it was yesterday. I saw the first week of previews in London, 2006 which was the start of my 2nd Year at drama school. I payed £6.50 for my ticket (I still have the ticket….) and sat in Circle Row S. I didn't care how far away I was - just being there was electric.

Did you ever think you’d be in the show one day?
I truly hoped I would be, but it honestly felt like such a far off reality. On the evening mentioned above, I stood in the Circle Bar and said quite firmly to my friend…”I’m going to be in this”. Fast forward to April 2008 and the phone call came. The rest, as they say, is history.

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