Peter Straker

6 Mar 2017


Born in Jamaica, Peter first shot to fame in 1968 when he starred as Hud in the original London production of Hair. He has starred in countless West End productions since, including Pete Townshend’s original Tommy, Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera, Hot Stuff, Blues in the Night, The Rocky Horror Show, The Rat Pack, One Love and Holding On. His classical roles include: Cassius in Julius Caesar at Bristol Old Vic, Lucio in Measure for Measure and Capulet in Romeo & Juliet at the National Theatre, directed by Bill Bryden, for The Touring Consortium Theatre Company.

Other theatre includes: The Silver Gym (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Torsten, the Beautiful Libertine (Above the Stag); The Wiz (Birmingham Rep); The Wiz (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Cinderella (Hackney Empire) and The Glorious Ones (Landor Theatre). He performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in a concert performance of Piaf with the Matthew Jones Orchestra, and has performed cabaret at leading London venues as well as two solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival and the St James Theatre, London: Black Magic and Peter Straker’s Brel, which is now available as an album.

Peter has made several appearances in film and television and became a well-known face, playing Dev in the hit series Connie with Stephanie Beacham and Commander Sharrel in Doctor Who Destiny of the Daleks. He has also appeared In episodes of Casualty and Horace Ove’s production of The Orchid House.

His recording career includes projects for many major labels, including the Alan Parsons Project’s I Robot, Freddie Mercury’s ‘Barcelona’ with Montserrat Caballé and backing vocals on ‘The Great Pretender’. He has an extensive back catalogue of recordings and solo albums, two of which were produced by Freddie Mercury: This One’s on Me and Changeling.