REG MANDELL – Councillor. is played by RICHARD BEAUMONT.
You may notice the same surname as Lynn Beaumont … yes there is a connection.
Richard has had over 50 years experience in the arts coming from a a family of performers he has worked since he was 4 years old. He originally trained along side Nicolaus Lyndhurst at Corona Academy and it is fair to say that he too was one of the school’s bright lights and he soon earned the tag ‘child star’. One of his first TV appearances was as Bill in Strange Report but playing Tint Tim in the film Scrooge was the first in a run of movies which included Digby The Biggest Dog In The World.
Richard’s other film credits include Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Lost and Lost Out, The Assinanition Bureau and Great Expectations.
Vast television credits include The Secret Garden (BBC), Grange Hill (BBC), Lorna Doone (BBC), Zinotchka (BBC), Follyfoot (ITV), Under the Bed (C4), Hunters Walk (ITV), Secret of Storm Mountain (ITV), Mr Tumbleweed (BBC), Full House, Survivors, Churchill’s People, Leap In The Dark, Thriller and Crime of Passion.
Stuart tried to get Richard for a film back in 1996 called The Usual Children, but he was already committed to a show. He works constantly Performing, Directing, Writing, Teaching and Producing which adds up to an extensive experience in Film, TV, Stage & Radio which he shares as incredible teacher of the performing arts.
Richard’s Theatre credits range from the West End: The Fire That Consumes (Mermaid Theatre, London), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (National Tour and West End), Having a Ball (UK Tour) and also in the West End The Wind in the Willows to the Edinburgh Fringe with The Night of the Jockstrap which also then transferred to the West End.
Richard has also Co-written and performed in: ‘Entertainment my Arts!’ (Arts Theatre, London and UK Tour) Various Productions for Blag Theatre Company and Life Imitating Art (Pump House Theatre, Watford).
It was during ‘Joseph’ back in 1996 that Richard met and married Lynn and together they started to build a business based on their joint knowledge of the theatre. First came Blag Theatre Company, a small company producing both new and original works, this gave a brilliant outlet for their writing skills and their love of performing. They have produced, written and performed in many plays touring the UK and also in the West End. ‘Entertainment…My Arts!’ enjoyed an 8 month run at the Arts Theatre. When their first child Charlotte Happy came along 19 years ago they decided to start a youth theatre and pass on their extensive knowledge. Then came Blag Youth Theatre…
They now have 2 branches of Blag and over 150 children. Many of which have gone into the profession, amongst their former pupils are actors, actresses, T.V. and radio presenters and even the odd entrepreneur. A real testament to their enthusiasm and love of theatre. Shows for Blag’s children are all tailor made and boast speaking parts for even the littlest! Quite an achievement. The all singing, dancing and acting productions are staged in real theatres in an attempt to introduce children to thrills of entertainment and parents to live theatre.