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Drummond Marais now claims five decades of theatrical experience. Although he has an impressive list of diverse stage, cabaret, film, television and radio credits to his name, it was musical theatre that originally provided his debut, at the age of six, and this specific genre has continued to fascinate and challenge the versatility of his performance skills.

During the past twenty-four years, Drummond has given notable performances in major musical productions throughout South Africa. He played ITO in 'MAME' (1982); TIGGER in 'WINNIE-THE-POOH' (1983); FARMER McGREGOR and THE FOX in 'TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER' (1984); NIELS in 'HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON (1986); JUDGE TURPIN in 'SWEENEY TODD' (1989 - Vita Award for Best Supporting Actor); VIDAL in 'SWEET CHARITY' (1989); MARVIN in 'MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS' and 'FALSETTOLAND' (1989-91 - Vita Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Musical).

He was featured in compilation musicals such as 'JUDY' (1987), 'PIAF - NO REGRETS' (1990), 'THE SOUNDS OF ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN' (1992), 'A TOUCH OF WEBBER / A TASTE OF RICE' (1993), 'THE BEST OF THE BEST' (1994), and 'MUSIC HALL' (1995).

He played GEORGES in 'LA CAGE AUX FOLLES' (1996); DR.PROSPERO in 'RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET' (1997); THE GRANDFATHER in 'HEIDI' (1998);  MR.MUSHNICK in 'THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' (1999 - Vita Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Musical).

He also appeared in the compilation musical presentations of 'TWO TICKETS TO BROADWAY' (2000) and 'THE NIGHT THEY INVENTED CHAMPAGNE' (2002); FAGIN in 'OLIVER!' (2004); and in 2005, he played the coveted role of BILLY FLYNN in South Africa's highly successful production of 'CHICAGO' (2005 - Naledi Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical)

 

2006 sees him interpreting the character of Henry Higgins in the lavish State Theatre production of 'MY FAIR LADY', a role that he has coveted since childhood. This is Drummond's 'swan-song' as a full-time actor. He and his partner intend pursuing a simpler, more spiritual life within the glorious mountains of the Eastern Freestate by the end of this year.

   
   
   
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