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Luke Evan stars in the film biopic of Wonder Woman creator, Professor Marston.

Since graduating from London Studio Centre in 2000, Luke Evans has had a hugely successful career.

Having specialised in musical theatre and touring with Seedtime whilst at London Studio Centre, it was natural that Luke went on to perform in a number of West End productions including Rent, Miss Saigon and Piaf.

However, Luke made his Hollywood breakthrough with the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans and soon appeared in various action and thriller films such as Immortals, The Raven and The Three Musketeers. From 2012 to 2014 Luke starred as the main antagonist in Fast & Furious 6, played Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and played the title role in Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans variousLuke Evans in his various film roles.
Top Left: Fast & Furious 6 © Universal Pictures, Top Right: The Hobbit © Warner Bros. Pictures,
Bottom Left: Dracula Untold © Universal Pictures, Bottom Right: High Rise © Studio Canal

He has also starred alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons in High Rise, and Emily Blunt and Rebecca Furguson in The Girl on the Train.

Earlier this year, Luke impressed audiences and critics alike with his outstanding portrayal of the arrogant and self-loving Gaston in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. The film was awarded the MTV Movie of the Year Award and Luke won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain and is expected to be nominated for many more in the upcoming awards season.

luke GastonLuke Evans as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast © Walt Disney Pictures

Luke’s new film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women opened in America earlier this month and will be premiering in the UK on 10th November. The film is a biographical drama about American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. Luke stars as Professor Marston alongside Rebecca Hall who plays his wife Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne. The film explores Marston’s polyamorous relationship with the two women and how they both inspired him to create the character of Wonder Woman.

Luke Prof marstonLuke Evans, Rebecca Hall (L) and Bella Heathcote (R) in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women © Annapurna Pictures

In the last few weeks Luke has been on a number of American chat shows promoting the new film including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (see below), the Today Show and a hilarious and stunning ‘Sexiest Male Vocalist Riff-off’ with Usher and James Cordon on The Late Late Show.

Luke Evans on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Since it’s US release, the film has received very positive reviews with Wall Street Journal proclaiming that “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stands head, shoulders, boots, tiara and lasso above many independent films of the moment” and the LA Times calling it “an engaging, accessible homage to three gifted minds”.

Make sure you book your tickets for when Professor Marston and the Wonder Women releases in the UK on 8th November. Watch the trailer below.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Trailer

In an interesting coincidence, earlier this year alumna and ex-Jazz Dance Company member Jazz Peters appeared in the smash-hit film of Wonder Woman as an Amazonian Warrior. She will return in the Justice League film later this month and Wonder Woman 2 which is due for release in 2019.

Jazz peters wonder womanJazz Peter on set for Wonder Woman © Warner Bros. Pictures

For more information on Luke Evans you can follow him on Twitter @TheRealLukevans
For more information on Jazz Peters you can follow her on Twitter @Jazzifzzle

WOMAN - Wednesday 8th November 2017, 7:30pm

Fragility, Freedom, Love, Sensuality, Passion, Nurturing, Instinct and Strength are all part of a woman's beauty, not just their looks. In a superficial world where people consider beauty just at face value, we embrace all the layers and complexities that truly make a woman: to understand, accept, love and appreciate each other and ourselves more.

Artistic Director: Robbie O’Reilly
Choreographer: Valentina Dolci
Cast: Jazz Dance Company

Wednesday 8th November 2017, 7:30pm

artsdepot
5 Nether Street
Tally Ho Corner
North Finchley
N12 0GA

Tickets are now on sale on the artsdepot website.

Make sure to join our WOMAN Facebook Event Page.

Moving Words - Saturday 25th November 2017, 7:30pm

Zamira Kate; founder of Zamira Kate Dance, presents an evening of new, innovative and diverse contemporary dance works created by alumni and faculty of London Studio Centre. Current students of London Studio Centre perform alongside previous graduates in a programme of work featuring choreography from Zamira Kate, Magnus Emaka Einang, Andre Kamienski, Jo Meredith, Katherine Richardson and Caldonia Walton and Felix Denton.

Saturday 25th November 2017, 7:30pm

artsdepot
5 Nether Street
Tally Ho Corner
North Finchley
N12 0GA

Tickets will soon be on sale from the artsdepot website.

Make sure to join our Moving Words Facebook Event Page to receive an update when tickets are available.

Applicants' Open Day - Monday 6th November 2017

Applicants' Open Day

Date: Monday 6th November 2017 - 10am-3pm

London Studio Centre holds an open day for potential applicants interested in applying for the next academic year. A selection of classes will be shown in the Pentland Theatre at artsdepot, followed by a Q&A session.

Places are limited, please complete the form below to reserve your place.

Screen Shot 2017 10 20 at 15.36.11 Open Day Reservation Form

 Please check our Open Days page for information on other Open Days throughout the year.

Leanne Groutage: Face of MOVE IT 2018

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Leanne Groutage graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013, having performed with the 3rd Year music theatre company, Seedtime. Since then she has gone on to perform in Starlight Express (Germany) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour) and has just been announced as one of the faces of MOVE IT 2018!

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Zoe Nicole Adkin Leanne Groutage Georgina Parkinson Seven Brides for Seven Brothers UK tour Oct 2013

Top: Leanne (second from left) as Joule in Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany.
Bottom: Leanne (far right) backstage at Seven Brides for Seven Borthers (UK Tour).

MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest annual dance event, celebrating all forms of dance and the performing arts and bringing together dance schools, dance enthusiasts, professionals and iconic performers from across the UK and around the world.

Earlier this year, MOVE IT invited dancers from different backgrounds, disciplines and styles to apply to be the faces of the event. They received hundreds of applications but finally whittled them down to a squad of six dancers with a variety of skills and talents.

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Leanne (far right) and the Face of MOVE IT squad on a secret rooftop location. 

Leanne and the other five squad members were invited to a two-day photoshoot in a secret location in London to work with choreographer Natalia Barua and dance photographer Drew Tommons of Virtuoso Imaging. As the Face of MOVE IT, Leanne and the squad will be across all the marketing material for MOVE IT 2018, with their faces, moves and name being shared across the dance world.

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Leanne leaping at the Face of MOVE IT 2018 photoshoot.

Leanne isn't the first LSC alumni to be a Face of MOVE IT. Back in 2013, André Fabian Francis was still in his second year of study when he was selected to be in the MOVE IT Lineup (as it was known then). André graduated in 2014 after touring with Jazz Dance Company and is currently in the ensemble for The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany.

Andre Fabian Francis in The Lion King

André Fabian Francis in the programme for The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany

As always, London Studio Centre will be at MOVE IT 2018 which takes place from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th March 2018 at ExCeL, London. In previous years we wowed attendees with our double-decker London bus and gigantic screen showing videos of our students and alumni in action. But our newest stand is still a secret! You’ll just have to come visit us at MOVE IT 2018 to find out for yourself!


London Studio Centre at MOVE IT 2016

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London Studio Centre at MOVE IT 2017