Michael Jibson is a West End star of both stage and screen. His credits range from an Olivier Award-nominated performance in West End Musical Our House to Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe to the Factory Foreman in the Oscar-winning film of Les Miserables. His body of work is both brilliant and diverse. He comes into Musical Theatre Masterclass tomorrow to inspire our students!
Michael will play King George III in the original London production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning HAMILTON at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London opening this year!
Here we ask Michael a few questions about his journey to the top…
1.Did you have a mentor growing up?
My mentors were the people who I could learn from. There’s no right way to be an actor. Take something from everyone and use it.
2. You’re incredibly successful! Do you ever look back on your career and wish you did something differently?
I’d have read more plays when I was younger.
3. What/who inspired you to become a professional performer?
When I was fourteen, I was lucky enough to be in Oliver! At the Palladium. I watched Jonathan Pryce and that cast every night and they made me want to do it. I was hooked.
4. How do you approach auditions?
I do my home work. I didn’t used to do that, but now I do and it works. You might not always get the job, but you know you’ve done the best of your abilities if you’ve prepared properly. If I’m asked to, I always learn my lines. If learning lines are hard for you, like me, get the app Linelearner – it’s brilliant!
5. What’s the best bit of advice you would give to young aspiring performers?
The fun bit is the job – the audition, the show, the TV gig etc. The work is putting the work in to get the job. Put as much effort into the work before the job comes. Go to the theatre, read plays, pester your agent, write a play/film and make things happen. And…be a nice person. No one wants to work with someone who’s not nice, or that they’ve heard isn’t nice.
Michael has established himself as one of the UK’s most versatile actors, both onstage and screen. With a career that spans from film and television, to Classical, Modern and Musical Theatre.
On film he is known for his roles in THE BANK JOB, THE RIOT CLUB and as the Factory Foreman in the Oscar winning film of LES MISÉRABLES.
On TV, his portrayal of Myles Standish in the U.S. TV movie SAINTS AND STRANGERS gained him rave reviews. He also played Phamer McCoy, in the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.
On stage he has earned great acclaim working with many of the best theatre companies in the UK, playing London’s West End and touring the world. Highlights include working at the Donmar Warehouse, playing Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Shakespeare’s Globe, a season with The Royal Shakespeare Company in THE CANTERBURY TALES, and in 2003 he was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for his leading role as Joe Casey in Tim Firth’s and Madness’ OUR HOUSE, when he was twenty-two years old.
We are delighted that Michael is coming into Musical Theatre Masterclass to give his support and encouragement to our students and assess them on their performance of a song.