Paul Cleveland


Paul trained at London Studio Centre and Oxford School of Drama.  His versatility as a performer shows in his amazing career in theatre.  From cheery musicals to intense drama Paul has done it all!

His many credits include Macy in Miracle on 34th Street; Paul in Absent Friends; Father Paul in House of Ghosts; Saul in The Ghost Train; George in Don’t Dress For Dinner; Arthur Humphrey in See How They Run; and Conrad in Veronica’s Room (all national tours).  He has played The Theatre Royal, Windsor many times – the last being this summer playing David, Prince of Wales in The King’s Speech.  Other favourite roles include Cheswick in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Lost Theatre, London); George in Suddenly Last Summer (Hampstead Theatre, London); and Fabian in Twelfth Night (Blenheim Palace).  He is a regular pantomime dame across the country and has also appeared in opera playing Gabriel in Paglicacci at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In London’s West End Paul has appeared in Cats, For Maria With Love, The Royal Variety Performance and Oliver! at The London Palladium.

His career has seen him work alongside Robert Lindsay, Jim Dale, Dame Diana Rigg, Billy Nighy, Idris Elba, Paul O’Grady and David Schwimmer but he cannot wait to join us at Tolethorpe Youth Drama for our Half-Term Hallowe’en Workshop this year.  Paul has been a friend to TYD for many years – often travelling long distances in between his performances to support our events and performances and we are so excited to welcome him to share his vast experience and professional insight with us.

“I have been astounded by TYD’s public performances. The results that they manage to achieve have been thrilling and for sheer teamwork, aspiration and creative ambition, they cannot be beaten.  Having worked in Youth Theatre for many years, I’ve never known a group like this - you forget totally that these are children and young people performing as they sweep you along in emotionally charged, high-energy performances.  They clearly love the challenges set by the tutors and rise up and beyond expectations.  I am truly delighted to be asked to take part in the October holiday workshop and create even more great and exciting work with them.” Paul Cleveland