Former Bedford School student Jonno Davies (01-10) is set to take New York’s theatreland by storm in the coming months.
Davies (25) is to make his New York stage debut, starring as lead character Alexander DeLarge in Action to the Word’s adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, at the New World Stages Theatre off-Broadway from 2 September through to mid-January next year.
He is no stranger to the role however, having played ultra-violent teenager DeLarge in tours of the production in Europe and Asia, as well as a sold-out run in London earlier this year to rave reviews.
Broadway World described his performance as “without doubt one of the standout lead performances of the year”, Live Theatre commented, “Davies is phenomenal” and Theatre Weekly raved, “Davies gave an outstanding performance”, to highlight just a few.
As the only British actor in an otherwise all-American cast, he is very excited to be leading the production in the Big Apple.
“Prior to helping cast the show a few weeks ago I’d never been to New York”, commented Davies.
“There’s definitely a hype starting to form and I’m still trying to get used to walking past posters of myself. It’s pretty hectic, as I’m rehearsing six days a week as well as doing interviews, photoshoots and all sorts of promotional work. Having a completely new American cast has brought a really vibrant and refreshing perspective to the show so I can’t wait for us to open!”
Davies, a former Head Boy of the Prep School, trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, the oldest drama school in the world. In addition to A Clockwork Orange, he has appeared in Shakespeare in Love in the West End, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Theatre Riverside and the title role in Dracula at the Edinburgh Fringe.
His film and TV credits include Kingsman: The Secret Service, In The Name of Ben Hur, Casualty, Doctors, Hollyoaks and Spotless. He also plays Andrew King in the forthcoming British cyber-crime thriller Milk and Honey, alongside Mark Wingett (best known as Jim Carver in The Bill), Claire King (Coronation Street/Emmerdale/Bad Girls), Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and his real-life partner Rachel Bright (best known as Poppy Meadow in Eastenders).
Photography: Alexandra Spencer-Jones