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Gary Lyons

Gary Lyons was born in London and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His first job immediately after leaving drama school was playing Mary Sunshine in the West End production of Chicago. His second job was playing Benny Bauchsbaum in Little Me at Dundee Repertory Theatre which at the time was situated in a converted church! Such is life in the theatre!!!

Since those heady days he has appeared in musicals in repertory and the West End including Mack & Mabel, Sweeney Todd, Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Lady In The Dark, The Mikado and Lady Be Good. Television appearances, though rare, have been quite dynamic. He played Joynson-Hicks in What a Way to Run a Revolution and The Postman in Exclusive Yarns which he co-wrote with Stewart Permutt. Exclusive Yarns was then produced for the West End and played at the Comedy Theatre, directed by Gary.

The last few years he has been putting his energies into writing/directing, most recently a new version of Cinderella and Her Very Ugly Sisters at the Theatre Museum, co-written with Stewart Permutt and George Hall, which was produced in Copenhagen in Danish! Other own works include Table Hopping at Joes co-written with Helen Kluger and Stephen Skolnik and Now Sex Is Over co-written and performed with Mike Finesilver. He has recently devised and performed a one-man show called Can't Help Singing with performances at the Actors Institute, the Theatre Museum and The London Lighthouse. He has appeared in many commercials most notably as a "Shake & Vac" lady. He is also co-founder, with Zoe Fitzgerald, of Amuso's the musical comedy cabaret venue in St. James's, London. He recently played Triquet to Josie Lawrence's Tatyana at Nottingham Playhouse directed by Pip Broughton.