Cast & Creative
Fenton most recently was Resident Director and original cast member of the West End production of Top Hat. Other West End credits include Gus The Theatre Cat in Cats, Pimp/Clacquesous in Les Miserables and the original cast of Blood Brothers at the Albery Theatre. Regional productions include Ha Ha! Holmes (UK Tour), MC in Cabaret and Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors (Both Leicester Haymarket), and Jack in Into The Woods (Manchester Library Theatre).
Fenton has played the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado on and off for the last 18 years, for The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company (Sadlers Wells, UK Tour, BBC2) and The Carl Rosa Opera Company (Gielgud Theatre, UK & USA Tours).
Other G & S roles on national tour include Jack Point in The Yeomen Of The Guard for the D’Oyly Carte, Bunthorne in Patience and Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore for the Carl Rosa Opera Company, and the title role in The Sorcerer for Opera Della Luna. Last year he hosted and sang in a G&S Gala at the Barbican Concert Hall.
His extensive directing credits include The Mikado and Iolanthe for The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company/Raymond Gubbay, Madama Butterfly for English Festival Opera at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and tours of La Boheme, La Traviata and Carmen. He was Julian Clary’s director for three years, directing productions of Cinderella (Brighton/Richmond/Woking), and his one-man shows Amore (West Beth Theatre, New York) and Natural Born Mincer (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane & National Tour). Other notable pantomime productions include Cinderella with Mickey Rooney, Peter Pan with Simon Callow & Bonnie Langford, and Sleeping Beauty with Anita Dobson and Tim Vine at Richmond Theatre, where he also made his debut as a pantomime dame, playing Nurse Penny.
Fenton has worked closely with writing team Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds, directing the original productions of their musicals Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, When Midnight Strikes and Hope, and producing an album of their songs, It’s Just The Beginning – which has recently been released on iTunes, with a cast of singers including Caroline O’Connor, Michael McCarthy, Brenda Edwards, Pia Douwes, Mark Evans & Julie Atherton.
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