As the EastEnders and Game of Thrones star returns to the stage, he explains why he has a soft spot for the epic musical.

Having just finished starring as nice-guy Josh Hemmings in EastEnders the 29 year-old Eddie Eyre is returning to the stage. His career began when he took part in the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic and has since starred in Headlong’s The Seagull, the film Mansfield Park and as Detective Trotter in The Mousetrap. Following a stint on Game of Thrones he’s now about to play loveable rogue Horner in Morphic Graffiti’s adaptation of The Country Wifeat Southwark Playhouse.

It’s nice playing a rogue after playing a really nice guy for a year on TV. The role of Horner in The Country Wife is really fun. He’s not a bad guy, he’s charming, but he’s basically pretending he’s a eunuch so that men trust him with their wives. The most dominating thing you can do to a man is have sex with his wife, and Horner is definitely a lothario. But the play isn’t all in your face, there’s a nice romantic story in there too.

We’ve updated the Restoration comedy so it’s set in the 1920s with lots of excess, lavishness, freedom of sex and sexuality. It features people who have survived the first world war and may have had parents, uncles, brothers who have died in it, and so they think: I’m going to live life to the absolute full. It sits really well.

If I could sing I would love to do Les Mis. There are great roles in that show, I love it. But I can’t sing and I’d need a lot of lessons to learn to. My knowledge of musical theatre is abysmal, I enjoy a good musical but I’m not one of those people who goes and watches every show on earth.


When I was offered an audition for The Mousetrap I thought: ‘What is this show, and do I really want to do it?’ Then when I read the script I realised it’s absolutely fantastic. There’s a reason why it’s been running for 65 years. I played the role of the detective Trotter, which is really good.

On EastEnders, sometimes we would shoot 16 scenes in a day. To compare, when I worked on Game of Thrones, we had a week to shoot a scene. In terms of line learning at speed and working with cameras it’s a really good experience for a young actor. Sometimes you have up to 12 episodes in your head at one time.

I had a great year on the show, but I’m glad to be doing other projects. A year was enough. There’s nothing like theatre. I really love working on screen but there’s nothing like live theatre to watch or be in. But it is more nervewracking because you can’t do another take.

The Country Wife runs at Southwark Playhouse from 4 to 21 April with previews from 28 March.

Source: What’s on Stage

admin   March 27th, 2018   Eddie Eyre

The actor is moving on with a brand new project already


The actor, who played Lauren’s love interest Josh Hemmings, is about to tread the boards in a production of restoration comedy The Country Wife – taking on the role of a womanising playboy.

Eddie plays the part of Harry Horner in the play, which explores a world of jazz, gin and scandalous affairs in 1920s London. The show opens at the Southwark Playhouse next month.

Have you enjoyed this chance to move back into theatre now you’ve left EastEnders?

“It’s been great. Like you say, it’s a move back because I’ve always done theatre. I trained at a theatre school, I’ve performed in the West End and worked with some great companies.

“There’s nothing quite like live theatre in terms of an experience. You get a thrill that you don’t get on any other project.”

What drew you to this production in particular?

“It’s got to be the role – Harry Horner. He’s a very naughty boy! Harry is a bit of a Lothario – he’s very sexy, very energetic, loud and in your face. He’s going to be very fun for me to play.”

The play is set in the 1920s, so is it also fun to do a period piece?

“Yeah, definitely – I love costumes. If you’re an actor and you don’t love costumes, there’s something wrong with you!

“The original play was written in 1675 by William Wycherley and got banned for being too naughty and rude for the London stage. There’s a bit of cross-dressing in there and rude language, so back in the day, it was too much. It’s great to bring it into the 1920s and keep that naughtiness.”

Does that humour translate well for a modern audience?

“Yeah, I think it definitely does. At the end of the day, jokes about sex are always funny. They’re funny when you’re a kid and they’re funny when you’re an adult, so it definitely translates. The production that we’re doing is so energetic, loud and colourful, so it’s going to be a really exciting and fun watch.”

Do you feel as though EastEnders has given you a new fanbase who’ll support you in this and other roles?

“Definitely. I’ve already had messages on social media from people saying they’ve bought tickets and are going to come along. I’m really, really grateful that I’ve been able to do EastEnders and build up a fanbase. It’s quite exciting, and I’ve already said to them to give me a shout at the stage door afterwards.”

Do you think being in a high-profile soap makes it easier or harder to get work afterwards?

“It’s 50/50, isn’t it? There’s some people who’ve come from soaps who I really admire. In fact, I went to see Kara Tointon in theatre recently and she’s done fantastically post-EastEnders. I went to see her up in Stratford with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which is the crème de le crème of theatre, so she’s doing really well.

“But then you have other people who don’t really do anything after soaps. I can’t really answer that question yet, but so far, so good!”

Do you enjoy the process of getting out there and auditioning?

“Yeah, it’s definitely a buzz. It’s terrifying when you’re not in work, but it’s part of being an actor. Being an actor is as much being able to deal with the times when you’re not in work. So I do enjoy it but it’s also terrifying!”

How do you look back on your time with EastEnders?

“I had a brilliant time there. It’s such a great cast and crew. I really enjoyed playing Josh. Working on a show like EastEnders, or any other continuing drama, is such a good experience for a young actor who’s wanting camera experience. I had a great time.”


Are you sad that Josh didn’t get his happy ending with Lauren?

“As an actor, I’m not that bothered, but as a fan of Josh and Lauren, I’m devastated – how dare she after all that?! (Laughs.) It was a whole year, Josh gave up everything for her and then she left him – awful! It’s left the door open for both characters now, which is interesting. But yeah, devastated!”

What was Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren) like to work with?

“Amazing. She’s lovely, super cool, and very professional. She’d been doing the show for seven years when I joined and she’s such a natural performer. Working with her was so relaxed, so easy and she’s a really nice person.

“I don’t think I could have been matched up with anyone more supportive. You’re thrown in at the deep end when you join EastEnders, but she was there to help me out. I was very happy.”

When you joined, did you always know you were a secret member of the Willmott-Brown family?

“No! The producers kept that a secret even from me. I knew when I joined that I was going to be on the show for six months to a year. I knew I was ‘Josh’ and about his role in the company, but I didn’t know who his dad was. They even used code names on the scripts.

“When Willmott-Brown returned, that was a revelation to me as well as to the audience. But I wouldn’t have played Josh any differently if I had known, so it didn’t really make much difference. Although to know that Josh’s dad was a guy like that was definitely a game-changer.”

Would you have liked to stay around for longer?

“I’m definitely happy with the year that I did. In terms of the experience, I learned a lot and I think I’ve done as much as I wanted to do on the show. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t go back if something was to come up in the future, but I was happy to do a year.”

Have you stayed in touch with anyone from the show?

“I chat to Danny Walters (Keanu) quite a lot. He’s a bit of a gym addict and so am I, so we chat quite a bit. I need to catch up with Jacqueline. I chat to Aaron Sidwell (Steven) as well. He’s off doing Wicked at the moment on tour, but I chatted to him when I left. It was a really nice group of people there at EastEnders.”

Source: Digital Spy

admin   March 21st, 2018   Eastenders, Eddie Eyre, Josh Hemmings

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