Co-founder and Principal of the American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA), Kenneth Avery-Clark will return to the stage in January 2019.

Kenneth Avery-Clark

For the past several years he has been overseeing AMTA. With campuses in London, New York, Rome and Belfast, AMTA provides world class training to those wishing to pursue a career in musical theatre. Whilst responsible for training the young performers of tomorrow Kenneth has always retained his own passion for performing.

Kenneth has just begun rehearsals for the upcoming UK premiere of VIOLET, the award-winning musical written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley. Violet will run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from January 14th to the 6th of April 2019.

After a successful Off-Broadway premiere starring Sutton Foster, Violet transferred to Broadway and subsequently received four Tony Award nominations. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet is a musical based on the short story ‘The Ugliest Pilgrim’ by Doris Bett. It tells the moving story of a young girl on a journey she hopes will transform her both physically and emotionally. On a bus trip from South Carolina to Oklahoma to meet a TV Evangelist (played by Avery-Clark), Violet (Kaisa Hammarlund) encounters a multitude of characters. 

The piece is an international co-production with Umeda Arts Theatre
in Japan and is helmed by Japanese director, Shuntaro Fujita.
Violet will premiere in the UK at the Charing Cross Theatre before
transferring to Tokyo.

Kenneth Avery-Clark’s previous West End credits include: THE PRODUCERS, RAGTIME, SWEET CHARITY, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and 125th STREET.

“It’s an honour to be part of this original UK cast. This musical is a pure delight from the get-go and I can’t wait to get it on it’s feet.”

Kenneth Avery-Clark

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