Benjamin will be playing Jussup and Kazbeki in ‘The Doncastrian Chalk Circle’. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2021 with an MA in Musical Theatre, with a Disney Theatrical Productions Scholarship. Since graduating, he’s originated four roles in four respective shows: Tom King in ‘The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi’ (Kenneth More Theatre), Sayyed in ‘Rumi’ (London Coliseum), Johnny in ‘Mimma’ (Cadogan Hall) and Actor Five in ‘In Our Skin’ (MAC, Birmingham).
“Being able to do something for the first time in the world is pretty exciting, and ‘DCC’ is no exception. The National Theatre is a company that I've always wanted to work for, ever since I first began to explore what theatre is, and what I can offer it. Having the opportunity to work alongside them in a new musical adaptation of a theatrical masterpiece is a dream come true, especially working with the community of Doncaster. The real essence of theatre, for me, is bringing people together. This project is fully defining that exact thing. I'm thrilled and honoured to tell this story with so many people, from multiple backgrounds, and create something truly special.
And Brecht is an incredible playwright and artistic practitioner, who constantly challenged the world he lived in. He created interesting and thought-provoking conversations about what is right and wrong with the world. Given the current political climate of our country, I think doing a piece like ‘Chalk Circle’ is so important. And having the chance to add an authentic Northern flavour to it is very exciting."