Those who work together stay together, as the saying goes, and that certainly seems to be the case for actors Graham Tudor and Helen Noble. For, as well as running a successful theatre company Tread Productions, the married couple are spending all their time together rehearsing for their next production – The Last Five Years.
A West End leading actor, Graham’s credits include playing the title role of Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia and Grease. Meanwhile, his wife Helen is most recognised as Abby Davies from Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
Now they will be swapping their hometown of Hunts Cross for New York as they play an American couple in the smash-hit Broadway musical which will be staged at The Epstein Theatre from Thursday, 15th to Saturday 17th June.
Rehearsals are well underway for the musical and the couple admit they have been digging deep into their own relationship in order to play the parts of Cathy, a vivacious struggling actress, and Jamie, a hotshot up-and-coming novelist.
Helen explained “We have cried a lot! This heart-breaking and hilarious musical takes the audience on the emotional rollercoaster through the heart-rending relationship of leading characters Cathy and Jamie who fall in and out of love over the course of five years together.
“We love the musical because it tells their story in a clever way chronicling the story from opposite ends of the relationship; Jamie’s story moving forward from the beginning when all the hope and excitement still lies ahead, and Cathy’s opening at the tragic end of the relationship where all hope is lost, her story moving in reverse through turbulent times back to the start of the relationship.”
The Last Five Years was the perfect choice of musical for Graham and Helen whose own relationship began on stage.
Graham remembered: “We met whilst starring in panto! I was the Prince and Helen was the Princess in Jack and the Beanstalk in Plymouth in 2005! Fate brought us together as both of us were brought in at the last minute to perform in the panto. We got married on stage each night and soon after we were married in real life!”
The couple moved to Liverpool and set up their own theatre company and acting school which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. They were delighted to be approached by The Epstein Theatre to produce its in-house production for summer 2017.
Theatre manager, Rebekah Pichilingi, added: “We are delighted to collaborate with Tread Productions and are confident that our audiences will fall in love with this beautiful, funny musical. It’s exceptionally powerful and emotional musical numbers will have you laughing and crying as Graham and Helen deliver truly exquisite performances.”
Tickets for The Last Five Years are priced £19-£22 and are available to purchase from the Epstein Theatre Box office, by telephone on 0844 8884411 or online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk.