The Show Off! Team
Nathan Martin | Musical Director
Nathan has performed extensively in concert and cabaret all over the world. He was a regular performer at London’s Pizza On The Park, playing five solo engagements there, including Facing The Music – the Fred Astaire songbook. He was also seen there in Jeff Harnar’s The 1959 Broadway Songbook, Something Wonderful with Craig Rubano and Heather MacRae and Catch Us If You Can with Lee Lessack. Other solo engagements include Jermyn Street Theatre, Covent Garden Theatre Museum, Giardini del Baraccano - Bologna, Don’t Tell Mama – NYC, and for Holland America, Saga and Spirit Of Adventure cruises.
Theatre credits as Musical Director include Closer Than Ever – dir. Richard Maltby Jr. (Jermyn Street), Dorothy Fields Forever (Kings Head), Unite For The Future (Old Vic), Helen Lederer’s One Night Stand (national tour), Elegies (Arts), Nine (Teatro San Martino – Bologna), Assassins (New End), High Spirits (Bridewell), After The Fair (Kings Head) and Bastien and Bastienne (BAC). He also played piano on Romance Romance (Gielgud), Side By Side By Sondheim (Civic, Chelmsford and The Stables, Wavendon), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane & UK tour), The Lion King (Lyceum), Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych) and The Producers (Drury Lane). Workshops include Rebecca, Marguerite and The Wizard Of Oz.
TV includes Popstar to Operastar. Radio includes Performance On 3 and Loose Ends.
For several years Nathan has worked on the MAC award winning show Simply Barbra starring Steven Brinberg, playing worldwide. He has also been Musical Director for such performers as Kaye Ballard, Brent Barrett, Rebecca Caine, David Campbell, Cantabile, Kim Criswell, Debbie Gravitte, Linzi Hateley, Alison Jiear, Jessica Martin, Marin Mazzie, Morag McLaren, Donna McKechnie, Liliane Montevecchi, Christine Pedi, Gay Soper, Marti Webb and Julie Wilson.
He has made several albums including Simply Barbra – original London cast (TER), Lindsay Hamilton – It’s Me!, James Gillan’s self titled debut album, Linzi Hateley – True Colours, Gay Soper – Flying Fish and Fallen Angels and his own debut CD - Anywhere With You, available on LML music.
Nathan is a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training and a member of The British Voice Association. He was a vocal coach for the second series of ITV’s Popstar to Operastar and has taught at The Actor’s Centre, Mountview Theatre School, Bird College Of Performing Arts, Drama Studio London and regularly gives masterclasses at The Bernstein School of Musical Theatre, Bologna and for Laboratorio IALS Musical di Roma. He has a private practice where his students range from beginners to established professionals, many performing principal roles in plays and musicals both in the UK and internationally. In October 2011 Nathan spoke on the Musical Theatre voice at La Voce Artistica international voice conference in Ravenna.
For more information, go to www.nathanmartin.info.
Matthew Gent | Host
Matthew graduated from Mountview in 2008.
Theatre credits include: understudy George/Billy/Marilyn in Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse); Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Hackney Empire and Australian Tour); understudy Tobias/Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre); Tom and cover John in The Hired Man (Landor Theatre); Feuilly, cover Marius in Les Misérables (Queens); cover Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); Michael in the European premier of Bright Lights, Big City (Hoxton Hall).
Concerts include the 25th anniversary celebrations of Phantom of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall) and Les Misérables (O2 Arena, Royal Variety, Classical Brits).
Sarah Lark | Host
Sarah is currently appearing in 'Les Misérables' in the West End. She also appeared in ‘Oliver!‘ at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Covering and playing the role of Nancy. Prior to this she appeared every Saturday and Sunday night as finalist on I'd Do Anything BBC1's Search for Nancy. Previously Sarah appeared in Mamma Mia covering and playing the parts of Lisa and Sophie at The Prince of Wales Theatre. She made her West End debut at the age of 17 playing the Little Girl in the original London cast of The Witches of Eastwick at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She can be heard on the cast recording and appeared in the documentary on the making of the show.
At the age of 21 Sarah was one of the youngest ever students to complete the postgraduate musical theatre course at The Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with distinction. During her studies she was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy for an outstanding public performance for her portrayal of the madcap witch Addapearle in The Wiz.
Professional theatrical credits include Lucy Van Pelt in the West End production of Snoopy the Musical both at Jermyn Street and at The New Players Theatre, Scottie Fitzgerald in Beautiful and Damned at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and Miss Dixon in the workshop production of Time’s Up at The Shaftesbury Theatre.
Previous roles have included the title role in Annie, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Mary Pickford in The Biograph Girl, Maisie in The Boyfriend, Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Lydia in Pride and Prejudice and the title role in Peter Pan.
Sarah appeared in the original production of Whistle down the Wind at Lord Lloyd Webbers Sydmonton estate.
Television credits include I'd Do Anything, Just Up Your Street, The Healer and The Biz for the BBC and Barrymore and The X Factor (Mamma Mia) for ITV.
Ben Stock | Host
Ben graduated from the Guildford School of Acting first class honours degree and the Principles Prize for Musical Theatre.
In the West End Ben has played ‘Eugene’ in GREASE, ‘Inventor’ in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, ‘Roger The Cabin Boy’ in DAME EDNA, THE SPECTACLE and ‘Victor Saville’ in OVER MY SHOULDER; THE JESSIE MATTHEWS STORY.
On tour Ben played ‘Lumiere’ in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SOPHIE TUCKERS ONE NIGHT STAND, TOMFOOLERY and was the alternate ‘Joseph’ in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
In London Ben has also been seen in NOEL AND GERTIE as Noël Coward at the Cockpit, G AND I; GOING INTO BATTLE WITH GERTRUDE LAWRENCE at the New End, GAYS THE WORD (Jermyn Street), SALAD DAYS in Greenwich, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (Covent Garden Festival), GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Lost Musicals) and FOLLOW THAT GIRL (Theatre Museum).
Ben’s regional work includes HELLO DOLLY, LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN, A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL and SINGLE SPIES (Pitlochry), TOMFOOLERY and CHARLEY'S AUNT (Frinton), FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS (Sonning), MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL (Edinburgh Fringe), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (West Yorkshire Playhouse), STEPPING OUT and FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME (Oldham Coliseum), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (English Theater, Frankfurt) and ANNIE (Perth).
A panto regular Ben has appeared as Ugly Sister for QDOS in CINDERELLA (Wolverhampton, Hastings, High Wycombe, Dartford, Bradford) alongside the likes of the Krankies, Lesley Joseph, Lynda Bellingham, Jimmy Osmond, Billy Pearce, Bradley Walsh and Brendan from Coach Trip!! As well as BABES IN THE WOOD (Watford), Cinderella (Cochrane) MOTHER GOOSE (Chorleywood) and PUSS IN BOOTS (Oxford). In Music Hall he has appeared with the Players Theatre, Hiss and Boo and The Paper Mill Theatre Company.
As musical director Ben’s credits include Caroline Sheens debut album RAISE THE CURTAIN (SimG Records), Stephen De Martins debut album ONE VOICE (SimG Records), GAYS THE WORD (Finborough, Jermyn Street and TER Records), BABY and BYE BYE BIRDIE (Guildford School of Acting), DAVID BENSON'S CHRISTMAS PARTY (Sailisbury Playhouse), OVER MY SHOULDER (West End, Sonning and Tour), SALAD DAYS (Greenwich), HISS AND BOO (Tour), ZIPPERTYDOODAH! (Wimbledon Studio), THE GAME OF LOVE and CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC (QE2), IT’S OUR MUSICAL WORLD (Concordia), FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (Roundhouse) and MOTHER GOOSE (Chorleywood).