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Spamilton at the Menier Chocolate Factory – Q&A with Jason Denton

SpamiltonThe Menier Chocolate Factory presents Spamilton: An American Parody – written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini. Cast includes Marc Akinfolarin, Jason Denton, Eddie Elliott, Liam Tamne and Julie Yammanee, with special guests Sophie-Louise Dann and Damian Humbley. The production renews Alessandrini’s collaboration with the Menier following Forbidden Broadway which ran both at the theatre and in the West End.

Jason Denton answers a few questions we put to him about Spamilton.

Q: What were your first thoughts when looking at the script of Spamilton? (or had you seen the production?)
Jason: I first heard about Spamilton when I was performing in the states at the beginning of the year but due to my schedule, I was unable to catch it. Once offered the job and having done my research beforehand – I just couldn’t wait to get in the rehearsal room and have some fun.

Q: What is the show about?
Jason: The show is spoof take on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s quest to put on the perfect show, which a few hidden extras along the way……

Jason Denton
Jason Denton

Q: Can you tell us about your character?
Jason: I am playing the role of ‘Daveed Diggs’ who is the actor who originally portrayed ‘Marquis Lafayette’ and ‘ThoBroadwayerson’ in the Broadway production of Hamilton. So one of my challenges is to rap extremely fast in the style of Daveed Diggs as the French ‘Lafayette’ and southern American ‘Jefferson’.

Q: How are rehearsals?
Jason: Rehearsals have been going really well, we are quite fortunate to have a creative team whom have created a positive and healthy rehearsal space and are open to discussing things even if this is their FOURTH production of Spamilton. Also, an added bonus is getting to work with such a ridiculously talented cast and stage management team.

Q: Having seen the show – what do you hope the audience will take away with them?
Jason: An even bigger appreciation for Theatre and sore abs from laughing!

Q: Why should everyone get along to see Spamilton?
Jason: People should come see Spamilton for a good night out as there is something for everyone even if you haven’t seen Hamilton.

Q: Away from the stage, what do you like to do to chill out?
Jason: I’m very much into my crime documentaries and podcasts so it’s good to tune into that world when I wanna a break from my work.

Q: What next for you in 2018?
Jason: I have been auditioning lots recently, so hopefully I have some exciting news soon, other than that – I have a few guest appearances at a number of cabarets in the autumn. You can follow me on Twitter @JasonDentonact and Jasondentonact on #instagram for regular updates.

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Jason Denton’s theatre work includes The School of Rock (New London Theatre), Showboat (New London and Sheffield Theatres), Save The Last Dance For Me (UK tour), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Stephen Ward (both at the Aldwych), Hot Stuff, Hello Dolly!, Piaf (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK tour), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK tour) and Much Ado About Nothing (Complete Works Theatre Co).

Listings Information
Spamilton
Menier Chocolate Factory
53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Press performance: 24 July at 8pm
Dates: 12 July – 8 September 2018

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  • Neil Cheesman

    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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