Perhaps in one fell swoop, I am undoing all the work I have done this year to try and mould myself into a semi-serious theatre critic, but darn it, it is Christmas and I am shallow, so I proudly present to you, my top ten hottest guys I’ve seen on stage this year! And I know, there’s no consistency about whether it’s the actor or the character who I found attractive, but it’s hot guys, who cares!
NB: I did actually book my tickets to see The Priory before the casting was announced, it was purely fortuitous that all 3 main guys happened to end up on this list, true story!
1. Elliot Cowan
Initially staking his claim for a place on this list with an intensely physical performance as Stanley in the Donmar’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Elliot Cowan delivered the knockout punch with a wonderfully nuanced portrayal of Edmond earlier this month. He also directed this production as part of a campaign to keep Wilton’s Music Hall open, so not only is he bee-yoo-ti-ful with arms to die for, he also has brains and a social conscience: I know what I would like under my tree this year!
In a year full of gay plays and plays full of gay characters, Joseph Millson actually managed the rare feat of creating one of the few fully rounded, fully recognisable ‘normal’ characters who happened to be of the homosexual persuasion on the stage this year. His work in The Priory was excellent, creating a realistic man who was wholly believable in his indignation at being labelled one of ‘the gays’ yet not allowing anyone else in his kitchen, objecting to being stereotyped as being out clubbing and cruising all the time and then inviting his Gaydar trick along to the party. Also good in Every Boy Deserves Good Favour and Judgment Day this year, Millson loses out on top place for being cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new play, thereby forcing me to see Love Never Dies in order to see him next year.
5. George Rainsford
I was initially über-excited when the cast for The Priory was announced, mostly for the opportunity to see ‘Adam-from-Spooks’ live on stage. And whilst he was good and tall and manly and lovely, I did have to accept that Mr Penry-Jones was playing a different character, one who was not half as intensely sexy as Adam-from-Spooks, plus he didn’t look too hot in a dress, hence this rather disappointing low placing.