Welcome to my website. Here you can find information about my professional life as an actress and singer, view my biography and CV, and click into the gallery for photos, audio and video clips of my work in theatre,and in cabaret.
Following my move to Warwick in August 2012, I am pleased to announce the launch of The Singing School Warwick. Our new website is now online at www.thesingingschoolwarwick.co.uk.
Very excited to be starting this stage in my life with Mike so watch this space for future news about events and lessons at Leasowes Farm!
June 12th 2012 A Grand Night for Singing at The Grimsdyke Hotel. Cabaret benefit for Herts Inclusive Theatre.
March 29th 2010 Cabaret Confidential at PIZZA ON THE PARK. With James Hume and Nicole Faraday
February 2010 Cover for Mel C as Mrs Johnstone in 'Blood Brothers' West End
'A Dazzle of Divas' Sunday 17th January 2010 at St Paul's Church, Bushey. 3pm
'The Sweetest Sounds' at PIZZA ON THE PARK - In cabaret with Nathan Martin and Stephen Warner 23rd September and 11th October 2009. Go to http://www.youtube
To read a review of the show go to http://www.alexhopkins.wordpress.com
Mrs Johnston 'Blood Brothers' Phoenix Theatre, West End.2003. http://www.youtube.com
'Words and Music' the legacy of Richard Rodgers. Heule, Belgium. March 2009. http://www.youtube.com
The Vlaamse Musicalprijzen Awards. Televised on Belgium/Dutch TV - go to http://www.youtube to see my performance
Thanks for visiting!
Sarah has had a long and happy association with the West End production of Blood Brothers, first joining the company in 1996 playing Mrs Lyons, and has played Mrs Johnstone both in the West End and on tour at various times since, still stepping in at short notice when necessary. She returned as Mrs Johnstone in 2009 both in the West End and at Manchester Opera House with the touring company. Back again in February 2010 to cover for Mel C when she was unwell
Other theatre credits include Maria in West Side Story, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Liz Essendine in Present Laughter, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and her one-woman show Perfect Swine.
Sarah was directed as Anna Leonowens in The King and I by James Hammerstein II understudying and playing the role at Sadlers Wells and on a national tour, she played Ethel Cratchit in the world stage premiere of Scrooge with Anthony Newley, and received great reviews playing housekeeper Mrs Hudson in Sherlock Holmes - The Musical with Robert Powell. She performed as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables at The Palace Theatre in London, and was then invited to join Rodgers and Hammersteinís tour of Cinderella with Janie Dee in Japan.
In 2002 she understudied the role of Dorine in Tartuffe at The Royal National Theatre with Martin Clunes in the title role.
On TV she has appeared in Casualty, Doctors, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Open Eye, Top Gear and Golden Years with Ricky Gervais. She is an accomplished presenter with both live and recorded material.
Sarah has worked extensively with the National Theatre Education Department and also The Mousetrap Foundation, a charitable organisation devoted to giving inner city children access to West End theatre.
She made a successful visit to Brussels' Beaux Arts Centre in 2006 as part of MusicalSoloís Cabaret project teaming up with accompanist Tylaine Van den Broeck and is delighted to be working again with producer Thomas Van Der Spiegel on a "West End Divas" project for 2008. She was a special guest at the Belgium Theatre Awards in Antwerp singing on national TV and promoting her Rodgers and Hammerstein one woman show 'Words and Music'.
She now combines teaching with her career as a performer and in 2006 teamed up with Leigh Stevenson, an accomplished pianist and actor, and they are to be seen working regularly on the London cabaret circuit as SARABANDE
A selection of reviews and references from audience, critics and colleagues.
As Mrs Lyons, Hay convincingly develops the emotional complexities of her character. Using blackmail and duplicity to manipulate both her husband and Mrs Johnstone, she becomes increasingly insecure as she realises her failure to control her adopted son in the same way. By highlighting Mrs Lyons emotional vulnerability and mental fragility, Hay wins sympathy from the audience and portrays Mrs Lyons decline into madness without lapsing into melodrama.
(Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre, West End)
I am writing to congratulate you on your outstanding performance ... your portrayal of Mrs Johnstone is by far the best I have seen so far.
(Blood Brothers, Phoenix Theatre, West End)