The West End is home to a fantastic array of musicals, which in turn, are home to a fantastic array of performers. We are fortunate to have such a plethora of talented musical theatre stars working in our London theatres, but even more fortunate that these talents are not limited to London alone. There are numerous West End shows touring the UK at any given time, providing audiences with the ‘West End experience’ without having to travel miles from home to get it, and adding to the authenticity of that experience are the casts of these shows, many of whom have worked in the West End. As in the West End, the company is about more than just the principal cast. On tour right now is the multi-award winning musical, Anything Goes, starring the likes of Debbie Kurup and Matt Rawle, but alongside them in the ensemble is Victoria Hinde, who is the featured ensemble member for this edition of In Profile.
Victoria Hinde is a graduate of the renowned drama school, Laine Theatre Arts, based in Epsom, Surrey and the former training ground of many current musical theatre stars, including Ruthie Henshall, Kerry Ellis, Mark Evans, Louise Dearman, Liam Tamne and the Strallen sisters. She has accrued an extensive list of theatre credits since entering the professional theatre industry, which features an array of roles in the West End. She had an ensemble role in Lindsay Posner’s revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, which starred the likes of Diana Kent, Lesley Garrett, Jeremiah James and Alexandra Silber and ran at the Savoy Theatre for 7 months, as well as playing Lisa in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre. After performing in Sinatra at the London Palladium back in 2006, she returned to the Palladium 6 years later to join the West End cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz revival. She came in during the show’s February 2012 cast change and appeared in the ensemble alongside the principal cast, which included Sophie Evans as Dorothy, Des O’Connor as The Wizard, Hannah Waddingham as The Wicked Witch of the West and Emily Tierney as Glinda. She remained at the Palladium until the show’s closure on 2nd September 2012, and since then, has gained other West End credits, including an ensemble role as Nun/Party Guest in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Sound of Music, starring Michael Xavier and Charlotte Wakefield.
Her other theatre credits include: The International Festival of Musical Theatre Opening Gala 2003 (New Cardiff), Aladdin (New Victoria Theatre, Woking), Dick Whittington (Milton Keynes Theatre), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Lincoln/Kuala Lumpur), and My Fair Lady (Sheffield Theatres). She has also performed in Australia several times with international productions of The Boy From Oz (Capital Theatre, Melbourne) and Anything Goes (State Theatre, Melbourne), and has additionally worked as an assistant choreographer on productions she has performed in, including Oliver! (Sheffield Theatres), Kiss Me Kate (John Wilson Orchestra, BBC Proms 2014) and Robbie Williams’ European, UK and Australian 2014 Tour, Swings Both Ways.
Other notable credits include playing Olga in Bells Are Ringing (Union Theatre), in which she was also Dance Captain and associate choreographer, Aladdin at the Old Vic with legendary stage and screen actor Ian McKellen, and playing Cha Cha in a UK Tour of the musical Grease.
Her talents are not only limited to the stage though. She has appeared on TV in the Royal Variety Performance 2002, BAFTA Television Awards 2002, Bring It On, and the televised performances of Christmas pantomimes Dick Whittington and Aladdin, and as a model, has worked extensively with Salon International and the Alternative Hair Show, in addition to featuring in a music video for the Joy Formidable and Amr Diab, and being a backing dancer for 50 Cent’s UK Tour, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Jimmy Osmond.
She can currently be seen in the UK and Ireland Tour of Anything Goes. The Sheffield Theatres’ new production of the classic Cole Porter musical which began its touring run at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 29th January 2015. Produced by Stage Entertainment in association with Sheffield Theatres, directed by Daniel Evans and featuring choreography by Alistair David, the show has a cast of 26 performers, of which Hinde is one. She is part of the ensemble team and plays Angel Purity, and is additionally credited as Resident Director and Assistant Choreographer on the tour. The show is set to conclude its run at the Bristol Hippodrome on 10th October 2015.
Victoria Hinde is a talented and beautiful singer, actress, dancer and model, who is dazzling audiences in Anything Goes right now, but can go anywhere in the future.
You can follow Victoria on Twitter: @victoriajhinde
By Julie Robinson: @missjulie25
Saturday 18th April 2015