With a swish of his technicoloured coat, Rob Wilshaw will be making his Southsea debut tonight as he plays Joseph at the Kings Theatre.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours, the musical is full of recognisable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
After playing the character in Dubai, Rob is now taking on the challenge as part of the UK national tour.
As well as replacing Ian ‘H’ Watkins in the role each Friday, he will take to the stage as the leading man in Southsea too.
He says: ‘I’m really enjoying myself so far. It’s so good to be with a cast that is so lovely. It’s such an amazing story which I think you can never get bored telling. Everybody knows the musical really well too.
‘I’m very proud to be part of it.’
Having trained at the Guildford School of Acting, Rob has worked in Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), Call Me Madam (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Evita (UK National Tour), the All Male Iolanthe (Union Theatre) and Betwixt (Trafalgar Studios).
But playing Joseph in Dubai is an experience he will never forget.
‘It was amazing and I was so privileged to be part of it. I worked for Bill Kenwright on Evita’s national tour too, and I always really enjoyed that. But we’re going to different venues now so there’s always something new to see.’
And being from Newport, South Wales, he’s looking forward to seeing the south coast.
Rob says: ‘Some people hate touring and being away from home, but I love it.
‘You get to see something else outside London, and actually go to the seaside.’
The part of Joseph has been played by a number of actors, including Donny Osmond in the film version. But Rob isn’t fazed.
‘I think you have to know the character and know what you want to achieve from it. You just have to try and do a good job.’
The show runs until Saturday. Tickets: £19 to £27.50 from the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on (023) 9282 8282 or go to kings-southsea.com.