Rugby actor takes to the Midnight Garden

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Actor Tom Jude, who grew up in Rugby, is returning to the Midlands to play Tom’s Midnight Garden the Christmas show at Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre.

Tom, a former pupil at Dunchurch infant, Bilton infant and junior, then Lawrence Sheriff School, will play ten-year-old Tom’s rather stuffy Uncle Alan and a Victorian gardener with hidden powers. The show will run from November 14 for 11 weeks.

Tom left Rugby to go to Durham University and then drama school in London where he now lives. He returned to the area in 1998 to make his professional acting debut at Stratford in RSC’s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe when he played a reindeer and a wolf.

Tom said: “I didn’t do a lot of acting at school though was very involved in musical activities including performing in the Rugby Sinfonia in conjunction with Rugby School and the Warwickshire County Youth Orchestra. Then a group of us got together while we waited for our A-level results and did Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound. I loved it but promptly forgot all about theatre until half way through university when a thriving amateur student scene in Durham got me thoroughly hooked. “

Recently he has been working with The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co. playing Harlequin in Harlequin Goes to the Moon, a commedia dell’arte piece. Prior to this he appeared as a dour Brummie horse called Albert in The Wind in the Willows at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Other theatre credits include Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy at the Rose Theatre Kingston, Moliere’s Tartuffe at the Watermill, She Stoops To Conquer at Birmingham Rep, James and The Giant Peach at Northampton Royal and Derngate, Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime with Bill Kenwright and Bath Theatre Royal, and Comedy Of Errors and Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at the Ludlow Festival.

At the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, Tom has appeared in a variety of plays, pantomimes and musicals, including a new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (title role(s)) and The Mysterie of Maria Marten and the Murder in the Red Barn, both plays by Chris Bond, author of Sweeney Todd.

Other roles at the Queen’s include Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Ugly Sister in Cinderella, Steve/ Reg in Jon Godber’s Up ‘N’ Under and the Emperor in Aladdin.

Tom also played Salvador Dali in one-man play Hello Dali at the Edinburgh Fringe – his favourite role so far

His film work includes London To Brighton, Crying With Laughter, and Elevator Gods.