Ben makes West End debut at Olivier awards
March 18, 2011
Musical theatre student Ben Bowen got his first taste of performing in the West End when he sang at the Olivier awards on Sunday night.
Ben and fellow musical theatre students from Arts Educational were selected to perform in the finale at the glittering awards ceremony in London held to honour the best of British theatre.
Ben, aged 18 and a former pupil at Edgbarrow School and Farnborough College, said appearing on stage at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane was everything he had always wanted and more.
He said: “It was just the greatest combination of the best and hardest times of my life.”
From the age of seven, Ben trained in dance and drama in the evening and at weekends at Mo’s Stage School in Reading. He was head boy at Mo’s before being offered a place at the prestigious Arts Educational School in London.
Mum Sue and dad David, of Old Wokingham Road in Crowthorne, watched the ceremony on BBC on Sunday night with Ben’s grandparents, as did many of his friends from Mo’s.
Sue said: “We had the Champagne ready as it was his first West End performance and hopefully it will be the first of many to come.
“He has worked so hard and it was fantastic to see him on a West End stage.”