UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - ‘A life in Musicals’

Join us as we delve ‘behind the scenes’ of what really happens backstage as Earl and Katie divulge some of the secrets that are normally hidden from an audience with this evening of storytelling and tunes. Katie has played Christine and Earl the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and will take us on an inspiring musical theatre journey hosted by award winning actor, Martin Ball, accompanied on piano by Harry Haden-Brown.

Running Time

2 hours 20 minutes including an interval.

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Mon 30 May 7pm £24.50
MAST Supporters £3.00 off 
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Groups 10+ £3.00 off. 

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Martin Ball

Training: Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre: Les Misérables (UK Tour); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre and Tour); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Mary Poppins (Tour); Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre); Absent Friends (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Dead Funny (Nottingham Playhouse); One of Us (Tristan Bates Theatre); Charley’s Aunt (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Snow White (Orchard Theatre, Dartford; New Theatre, Oxford; Capital Theatre Aberdeen).

Television: Holby (BBC); Uncle (BBC); My Family (BBC); New Tricks (BBC); Trial & Retribution (BBC); The Inbetweeners (BBC); Doctor Who (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Hotel Babylon (BBC); Animals (BBC); Pinochet in Suburbia (BBC); The Thick of It (BBC); Bernard’s Watch – two series (BBC); Family Affairs (ITV); The Only Boy For Me (ITV); Wild West (BBC); Clare in the Community (ITV); Down To Earth – series (BBC); My Dad’s the Prime Minister (BBC); Strange (BBC); Back Home (BBC); Table Twelve – Preserves (BBC); Human Remains (BBC); The Bill (ITV); Home Farm Twins - two series (BBC); Badger (BBC); Keeping Mum - two series (BBC); The Missing Postman (BBC); Chalk - two series (BBC) Casualty – series (BBC).

Film: Papadopolous & Son (Double M Films); Doomsday (Rogue Pictures); Flood (BBC Films); Ali G in da House (Da Films).

Other: Best Supporting Actor TMA for George Banks in Mary Poppins.


Earl Carpenter

Training: Jellicoe Theatre, Bournemouth and Poole College

Theatre credits: Lionel in a new musical called The Dreamers  (Abbey Road Studios); Maskew and Turnkey in the new musical, Moonfleet (Salisbury Playhouse); the Father in the award winning production, Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre, London); Morrison in Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress Singapore Repertory Theatre); Commander Khashoggi in Queen’s We Will Rock You (UK Tour) World première of Zorro (UK Tour); Archibald Craven in the Scottish première of The Secret Garden (Byre Theatre); Beast and Gaston in the original West End and touring productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Bill Kenwright’s Robin, Prince of Sherwood and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Earl is renowned for his work as Inspector Javert in Cameron Mackintosh’s productions of Les Misérables and Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Production (London, Broadway, Toronto, Paris, Singapore, Manila and throughout the United Kingdom). He has also performed as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s original and 25th Anniversary productions of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s and throughout the United Kingdom); Ed Parsley and subsequently and Daryl van Horne in the original cast in The Witches of Eastwick (Drury Lane and Prince of Wales); Joe Gillis in the original UK tour cast of Sunset Boulevard and Peron in Bill Kenwrights’ Evita throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.

Concert/workshop: James Bournes’ (Busted) Murder at the Gates; Colm Wilkinson in Broadway and Beyond and for MSDT Song and Dance of Broadway and Voices of the West End, all in Japan; Paradise Square (A New Musical) in Toronto; the BBC Concert Orchestra Friday Night is Music Night; the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Les Misérables in Concert, Some Enchanted Evening and Chess in Concert; Three Phantoms, A Musical Night of Queen and Christmassy Wonderland (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic); 50th anniversary celebrations for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon). Auctioneer in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall); the Bishop in Cameron Mackintosh's Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert (02 Arena); Bishop and Bamatabois in Les Misérables, The Staged Concert (Gielgud Theatre, London).

Other: Earl’s association with Michael Ockwell and the Mayflower is one he holds in high regard. Not only is he Associate Artist to the theatre and Patron to Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre but Michael and the Mayflower have general managed Three Phantoms a concert event devised and directed by Earl that has played at the Mayflower on two occasions and in Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Singapore, throughout Sweden, Scandinavia, UAE and the United Kingdom.


Katie Hall

Training: National Youth Music Theatre.

Theatre includes: Cunegonde in Candide (The Grange Festival); Laurey Williams in Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera); Maria Anne Miller in Stephen Schwartz's Schikaneder (VBW, Vienna) directed by Trevor Nunn; Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera and BBC Proms/Royal Albert Hall), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (English National Opera) opposite Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel; Maria in West Side Story (National Tour), Christine in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of The Phantom of the Opera (National Tour), before which she alternated the role in the West End (Her Majesty's Theatre), as well as the 25th Anniversary (Royal Albert Hall); and Cosette in Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre and International Tour), as well as the 25th Anniversary Concert (o2 Arena).

Concerts: Katie regularly performs as a soloist in numerous concerts internationally, including most recently with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; at the Cheltenham Music Festival; and on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night. Katie was also involved in Voices of the West End at Broadlands, Romsey in 2020.

Television includes: Josh (BBC); Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (BBC) and I'd Do Anything (BBC), both spearheaded by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Film includes: Les Misérables (Working Title Films) directed by Tom Hooper.