Pete Gallagher

Pete Gallagher

Pete has been performing professionally since 1983, after attending drama college in London. Among his film and television credits are: Nuzzle and Scratch, Jesus Christ Superstar, Waking the Dead, Casualty, My Hero, The Two of Us, Moon and Son, Bergerac and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries.

In the theatre, he has appeared in Moonlight and Magnolias, The Pirates of Penzance, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Doctor Dolittle, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show, The Mystery Plays, Buddy, Godspell, Fields of Ambrosia, Frankenstein, Up on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lautrec, Guys and Dolls, Betrayal, and many, many others! He has just had a fantastic Christmas playing baddie opposite John Barrowman for the third year running.

He has also directed dozens of productions – musicals, comedies, drama and variety – including the critically acclaimed gothic punk A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Man in the Moon in Chelsea, and his Edinburgh 2008 transfer Missing Mel ran at the Cochrane Theatre in London, straight after Fairy Lights won first prize at the Windsor New Writing Festival. His play The Brothers Lionheart achieved a ‘Must See’ stamp at Edinburgh 2009 and was the number one Children’s Theatre Recommendation on the Edfringe website.

At the tender age of 25, he became one of the youngest headmasters ever when he took charge of the Corona Academy of Theatre Arts in London, and since then has been director of musical theatre and head of drama at different schools, whilst teaching for many others and being co-founder of GAJIT, a musical theatre masterclass company.

Pete is also a prolific writer. Solo projects include: Gribblum Tales, the musical The Christmas Shop, and plays What Goes Around and Tongues, while his biog of a legend, Newley – the Anthony Newley Story, is planned to tour in 2010. Collaborations include: The Brothers Lionheart and The Cryptic Lines with Richard Storry, and The Black Book and The One with Simon Henderson. Face2face, for which he wrote the libretto, has been showcased at the RSAMD.

As resident drama coach on Any Dream Will Do, he trained aspiring Josephs in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV talent show, and was ‘…the miracle worker…’ who trained Gethin Jones on Strictly Come Dancing. He also trained Sky TV’s Gladiators (in drama!) in preparation for their second series.

Pete lives in the Hertfordshire countryside with his beautiful family and spends his spare time searching for Batman memorabilia or at his spiritual home, Stamford Bridge.