09 Nov

Ex-Student Smashes West End Records

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock - The Musical has smashed box office records at the New London Theatre, thanks in part to its leading man. Former St David’s student, David Murphy (stage name David Fynn), took to the stage in November 2016 as Dewey Finn, a part originally played by Jack Black in the School of Rock film. The show is the brainchild of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and opened to rave reviews.

David studied A Level Psychology, Sociology and Theatre during his time with us, from 1999 to 2002. He then went on to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Acting in London and has performed as Rennick in Game of Thrones, as Wolfie in The Inbetweeners, and as Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre - among other things!

Performing Arts and Drama teachers Pam Chappell and Kris Crowley ventured down to London in January to watch David in action. Their visit coincided with that of the panel from the Olivier Awards, so keep your eye on the 2017 nominations! Pam and Kris managed to catch up with David after the show (picture, right),    and   he   spoke of his time with the St

David’s College Drama department in glowing terms. He remembered taking part in the College musicals - Grease and Calamity Jane - and explained how, through the latter, became firm friends with a fellow student who went on to be his best man.

We wish David every success in his future career and look forward to hearing about what he gets up to next!

David Finn


David Fynn