Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell
As one of Australia’s leading musical theatre duo’s, Simon and Natalie have starred in numerous musicals in Australia and the West End.
Simon is known for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and Natalie most recently delighted audiences as Donna in Mamma Mia.
Not only have they shared some of the nation’s most prestigious stages, they also share a life - two kids- and a dog.
Now, these two internationally acclaimed musical theatre stars come together to delight you in a magical performance of stories and songs live- in your lounge room.
Simon is best known for his acclaimed interpretation of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Les Miserables for which he received the 2015 Helpmann award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.
His stage credits include Jolson, Shout, Mamma Mia (Helpmann Award nomination), Eureka, Chess (Greenroom Award nomination) Love Never Dies (Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Award nominations) and Hipbone Sticking Out (BighART). He appeared for the Sydney Theatre Company in Harbour and The Republic of Myopia and was a member of the original cast of Rupert for the Melbourne Theatre Company, which he also toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington. Simon’s UK credits include The Far Pavilions (West End; for which he received a Whatsonstage Award nomination), Imagine This (West End), Three Sides, The Silver Lake, Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival), Shoes (Sadler’s Wells) and Southwark Fair (Royal National Theatre) directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.
Simon’s film and television credits in Australia include City Homicide, Blue Heelers and SeaChange. In the UK, he played a regular role in EastEnders and was a member of the principal cast of Kombat (BBC2) directed by Monty Python member Terry Jones. Simon also appeared in the feature film My Life In Ruins.
Natalie has appeared in many musical & theatre productions both locally and internationally. Some of her highlights include Mamma Mia! (Donna); Songs for a New World (‘Co-Lead’) Blue Saint Productions; Next to Normal (‘Diana’) Doorstep Arts/Hayes Theatre; Murderous Instincts (‘Lauren’) Savoy Theatre, West End; The Sunshine Club (‘Rose’) Sydney Theatre Company: Les Miserables Cameron Mackintosh; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (‘Olive’) Melbourne Theatre Company; Jerry’s Girls (Co-Lead, as Herself); Crazy For You (‘Polly’) for The Production Company; One Night the Moon (Rose) Malthouse Theatre Company; and ‘Hipbone Sticking Out’ for Big hART.
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