What’s Next for Luke Britton ???
Joseph Fowler, director of DUCTAC’s last production, West Side Story (the popular show closed July 23), runs auditions for stage shows several times a year. When it came to the auditions for the Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical adaptation of Romeo And Juliet, there was one face he’d never seen before. He says, “Lots of people who came along to audition performed pop songs, but Luke chose a classic from Miss Saigon,which showcased his voice brilliantly. He then read a scene from the script and immediately understood and encompassed the character of Action, which is a really tricky role to cast. Finally, when our choreographer saw Luke dance, we realised we had a triple threat on our hands!” He’s talking about 22-year-old Luke Britton, who arrived in Dubai from northern England in January 2011 and auditioned after seeing an advert in a local magazine. Although it’s a job in sales that pays the rent, Luke’s heart has always lain with the theatre.
Upon leaving school in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Luke auditioned and landed a job as a cruise ship singer. This eventually led to him playing Robbie Williams in a Take That tribute act in the Balearic party capital, Ibiza. More recently he’s toured Ireland as Ryan in the stage adaptation of High School Musical. Having well and truly paid his dues, Luke’s appearance as the volatile character Action will mark his debut appearance in a classic Broadway musical.
Yet, Luke says he still has some specific ambitions yet to be fulfilled, “My ideal role on the West End would definitely be Mickey in Blood Brothers. It’s such a challenging role due to the extremes of the character’s personality. From his cheeky, happy-go-lucky characteristics right through to portraying drug addiction, low self-esteem and anger.”
Having impersonated Robbie for so long he’d love to sing with him. It was while playing the erstwhile UFO-spotter that Luke says he received his highest compliment, from UK Radio 1 DJ Emma B. “She came up after the show and said we were one of the best Take That tribute bands she’d ever seen. To receive such high praise from someone that has worked with the real Take That throughout their career was such an honour and I will never forget it. Then, I was recognised by a girl on JBR beach and asked if I was Robbie Williams in Ibiza! That was crazy.”
Luke’s gifts for singing, dancing and acting make him one to watch...
Luke's Top 5 Favourite Places
1. Barasti A relaxing atmosphere, ideal location and pool parties with cheap drinks!
2. Al hambra For the best tapas in Dubai, picturesque location of the Madinat and the best service by our favourite waiter, Jun.
3. Jambase For a good boogie to the best live band in Dubai.
4. Atlantis This place is an extremely fun day out combined with chilling out on the gorgeous beach.
5. Dubai Marina Yacht Club For a relaxing drink with the stunning views of the marina. My girlfriend won’t let me miss taking her there every Tuesday as it’s ladies’ night!