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Darren Lake

Darren started his acting career in West Side Story in 1990 playing the role of Baby John. Other early productions included Sweeney Todd, Bunthorne in G+Ss Patience (which he also directed), Freddie Trumper in Chess and King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He also co-directed the south west premier of Brilliant the Dinosaur.  

 

From here Darren went on to perform across the UK in A Midsummer Nights Dream and returned to West Side Story to play Officer Krupke at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 1991. Staying there for 7 years, Darren took leading roles in shows as diverse as Maggie May, Tales from the Vienna Woods, The Hired Man, Oh! What A Lovely War, Union Street, Animal Farm and Spring Awakening, whilst playing the lead roles in Sweeney Todd, Bye Bye Birdie and Cyrano De Bergerac.

 

For the last 7 years Darren has been working in the hospitality industry performing as a cabaret artiste in hotels, for holiday companies such as Haven, John Fowler, Shearings and Parkdean and fulfilling corporate engagements. He is also a very popular wedding singer with bookings throughout the UK and Europe.  

 

TV work has included Going Live!, BBC TVs The Vet and the documentary series Korczak. Film has included Drowned and The Hanged Man. He can be seen as Archie Bishop in Universal's Hawk(e): The Movie, released in 2014 and recently finished filming the black comedy Killing Lionel, in which he is playing the part of Lionel.  

 

He was awarded the Individual Performance Award at the Barclays Awards at the National Theatre on London's South Bank. He has taken part in many charity performances including Heart and Music and Over The Rainbow and has presented several charity galas, working with performers such as Brian Conley and Danny La Rue. He was MC for the Orange Festival on the Hoe for the Queen's Golden Jubilee."

 

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