Fenton Gray performing
Fenton began his professional performing career at the age of 21, on the national tour of Oliver starring Victor Spinetti. He then went on to make his West End debut the following year as Perkins in the Original London Cast of Blood Brothers with Kiki Dee and Con O’Neill at the Albery Theatre, followed by a stint in the ensemble of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre.

In 1992 he landed the leading roles of Ko-Ko and Jack Point in new productions of The Mikado and The Yeomen Of The Guard for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company becoming, at 26, the youngest person to play those roles in the company’s 117 year history. Both productions played a London season at Sadler’s Wells as well as an extensive UK tour, and were hailed by the critics. The Mikado was filmed by the BBC and broadcast on BBC2 on Boxing Day, and The Yeomen Of The Guard was recorded at Abbey Road studios and released on the That’s Entertainment label.

But the real heartbeat of the show is Fenton Gray’s immaculate
performance as Ko-Ko. He is absolutely in his element, both as actor and
singer, seizing the comedy by its’ dusty lapels and giving it a good shake

(Birmingham Post 2008)

There are some splendid comic touches, particularly from Fenton Gray‘s
Ko-Ko

(Daily Mail 2008)

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backstage at Les Miserables (1990)
Jack Point in The Yeomen Of The Guard (D’Oyly Carte 1992)
Jill Pert as Katisha & Fenton Gray as Ko-Ko in The Mikado (D’Oyly Carte 1992)
L to R: Janine Roebuck as Pitti-Sing, Fenton Gray as Ko-Ko & John Rath as The Mikado in The Mikado
The Mikado - video (requires flash)
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"I Have a Song To Sing" - The Yeomen Of The Guard - audio (requires flash)
Other roles during that period included Gus The Theatre Cat in the West End production of Cats, MC in Cabaret and Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors for the Leicester Haymarket , Jack in Into The Woods for the Manchester Library Company and a short UK tour of The Mikado opposite Dame Hilda Bracket.
Lisa Peace & Fenton Gray in Cats
(Cameron Mackintosh 1995/6)
as Ko-Ko, with Dame Hilda Bracket as Katisha in The Mikado
(Regency Opera 1993)
 

In 2000, Fenton took a break from his stage career in
order to focus on his new role as Course Director of
London School Of Musical Theatre. During that time he
performed extensively in cabaret in London, New York,
Chile and Darjeeling . In 2004 he was invited to perform
his one-man show A Talent To Amuse as part of the
Sesquicentennial Celebration Concerts at the Woodstock
School in Mahsoori, India.

 
Fenton Gray & Charles Miller at Woodstock School, Mahsoorie, India (2004)

   'Smoke 'em If You Got 'em'

as Edward Lionheart

Fenton Gray was the picture of a born showman, moving effortlessly through patter songs and poignant ballads
(Garhwal Post, India 2004)

Videos of cabaret performances by Fenton can be found on
Fenton's YouTube channel

2007 saw a return to the stage, as Bunthorne in a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience for the Carl Rosa Opera company, which toured the UK.

In 2008, he reprised his role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado in the West End opposite Nichola McAuliffe and Alistair McGowan. He then went on an extensive tour of the US and a final UK tour with Jonathan Ansell and Sylvester McCoy.

“As Ko-Ko, Fenton Gray is a comic genius. His wooing of the fearsome Katisha is a gem, and there is superb interplay between himself and Nichola McAullife (Brighton Argus 2008)


Bunthorne in Patience (Carl Rosa Opera 2007)

as Ko-Ko, with Nichola McAuliffe as Katisha, in
The Mikado (Carl Rosa Opera 2008)
as Edward Lionheart in Build Me A Bridge ,
Bridewell Theatre, London.
Music by Charles Miller & lyrics by Kevin Hammonds
'Smoke em if you got em'
When Midnight Strikes.
Music by Charles Miller & lyrics by Kevin Hammonds
COMMERCIALS

Fenton has appeared in over 30 commercials for companies such as MacDonald’s, Pepsi & IKEA.

[1]. Swiss Cinema commercial for Eurotrain
[2]. Macdonald’s Summer Campaign
   
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