Luke Kempner brings Gritty Police Drama: A One Man Musical to Soho Theatre

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Following a month-long sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Luke Kempner will bring Gritty Police Drama: A One Man Musical to London this spring.

The show, which amalgamates the essence of Britain’s beloved police dramas with a musical twist, will run from 23 – 27 April at Soho Theatre.

Luke Kempner, celebrated for his role as Monsieur Thenardier in Les Misérables, is a versatile artist known for his work as a comedian, impressionist, and West End performer. His unique style, described as a “one-man variety explosion” by Chortle, promises an extraordinary blend of detective characters from iconic TV shows, celebrity impressions, and musical flair. The show is a creative convergence of hit series like Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Match of the Day, and The Traitors, all performed single-handedly by Kempner.

Apart from his theatrical acclaim, Kempner’s talents extend to the realm of television and online media. He gained significant attention for his role in voicing over 30 puppets in the West End production of Spitting Image: Idiots Assemble, showcasing his versatility by impersonating public figures including King Charles, Prince Harry, Harry Styles, and Ed Sheeran. His television appearances span across several popular shows such as Spitting Image on BritBox, Steph’s Packed Lunch and The Last Leg on Channel 4, as well as Love Island: Aftersun, The Stand Up Sketch Show, and CelebAbility on ITV 2.

Kempner’s career also includes creating and starring in his own review show for ITV 2, titled Luke Kempner’s Impression of 2015, and serving as the resident comedian for 9 series on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Channel 5. His presence is also felt on BBC Radio 4 through regular appearances on The Now Show and News Jack.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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