Graeme began his career at 16 years old playing ‘Taplow’ in The Browning Version opposite Alec McCowan and Geraldine McEwan at the National Theatre and was in the original David Merrick version of 42nd St at Drury Lane in 1984 as an ensemble member and later went on to play the leading role of ‘Billy Lawlor’ opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones. He is delighted to be returning to Drury Lane playing ‘Andy Lee’ for the revival of ‘42nd St’ which opens in March 2017.
This Christmas he will be playing ‘Professor Crackpot’ in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft. Last Christmas he played ‘Gentleman Starkey’ in ‘Peter Pan’ at Poole Lighthouse Theatre (Christmas 2015) and has also been performing his double-act ‘Punch ‘N Him’ for Warner Hotels. His last panto before that was at the Theatre Royal Norwich as ‘Ugly Sister’ in ‘Cinderella’.
He has also been the tapping ‘feet’ of Ricky Gervais in the ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ movie (2013) and played ‘Andy Lee’ in the smash-hit UK tour of ‘42nd St’ which he also choreographed and re-staged in 2012.
In 2009 Graeme played ‘Cosmo Brown’ in ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ for UK Productions opposite Tim Flavin – and also choreographed!
In 2007 he played the role of ‘Andy Lee’ in the first acclaimed UK Productions national tour of ‘42nd St’ with Paul Nicholas, Dave Willetts ,Tim Flavin and Stephen McGann.
His work includes National Theatre, West End, Repertory, television and film. An experienced actor and musical comedy performer, in 1987 he played ‘Cis Farringdon’ opposite Nigel Hawthorne in The Magistrate –directed by Michael Rudman – and in 1997 ‘The Headmaster’ in the hit children’s musical ‘The Red Balloon’ – directed by Anthony Clark – at the Olivier Theatre. Other acting roles include ‘PC Collins’ in Neil Simon’s ‘Rumours’(Chichester), ‘Bennet’ in ‘Another Country’(Leeds Playhouse), ‘Bill Calhoun’ in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Regent’s Park, ‘George Pepper’ in ‘Red Peppers’(Perth),’Kenny’ in ‘Flora The Red Menace’ (Orange Tree) and ‘Tony’ in ‘The Rink’ (Orange Tree) ‘Angel Clare’ in ‘Tess of the D’Urbevilles’(West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘Claudio’ in ‘Much Ado About Nothing ’(Wolsey Ipswich) ‘Jerry’ in ‘Zoo Story(’Wolsey Ipswich), ‘Byron Turkey’ in ‘Fat Pig’ (Leicester Haymarket), ‘Flute’ in ‘The Dream’ (Sheffield Crucible).
He has played Ugly Sister and several panto and light opera roles for Opera Della Luna including ‘Negus’ in ‘The Merry Widow’ and a world cruise on the QE2 and Royal Viking Sun.
In 1992 Graeme played the role of ‘Simon Wishart’ in a one-man show ‘A Drop of Fred’ at the Edinburgh Festival which he co-wrote with Robert Butler and for which they received The Independent Theatre Award and a Daily Express award. The show was also commissioned for screen by Granada Television.
In 2000 he returned to the Edinburgh Festival with ‘Tapestry’ with his second one-man show which he performed and co-wrote with Andrew Blackie and which was produced by Artisanda Productions ltd.
Television work includes: ‘Baa Baa Blacksheep’ (BBC), ‘WSH’ (Channel 4), ‘Ashenden – The Spy’ (BBC), ‘Pie In The Sky’ (ITV), 1984 Royal Variety Performance, Night of 100 Stars, the Laurence Olivier Awards, Blue Peter and An Audience with Harry Hill.
In 2006 he appeared in the smash-hit British comedy feature film ‘Confetti’ with Alison Steadman and Martin Freeman. And in 2008 assisted Jenny Arnold on the follow-up ‘Nativity’.
Graeme now divides his time through his company GHTAP LTD between performing, choreography and tap and musical theatre workshops (www.ghtap.com) and is a regular lecturer for the IDTA, NCTDA, BATD, ADA and IDTC and holds two Carl Alan awards for his contribution to dance.