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Get to Know the Guest Performers at SSSSPOTY 2024: JOAQUIN PEDRO VALDES

Joaquin Pedro Valdes, who will be one of the judges at SSSSPOTY 2024

Joaquin Pedro Valdes to perform at the Stephen Sondheim student competition

"It's an absolute honour to be a guest performer at this year's SSSSPOTY competition. Sondheim is a modern Shakespeare of our time," says Pacific Overtures star Joaquin. "His profound ability to find where emotional truth, music and text intersect is uncanny and unmatched. It is not only a dream for any actor to live life through his work but it is a privilege. His work reminds me why I chose this profession in the first place." 


Joaquin is set to appear as Dominique alongside Lucie Jones and Clive Rowe in a much anticipated revival of Stephen Schwartz' masterpiece The Baker's Wife at the Menier Chocolate Factory in the summer of 2024. 

Theatre credits include: The Lover in A Song of Songs (Park Theatre); John Manjiro in Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures (Menier Chocolate Factory); Light Yagami in Death Note: The Musical (English language Premiere, London Palladium and Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue); Stephen Hayes in Then, Now & Next (Southwark Playhouse); Connor in Killing The Cat (Riverside Studios); Ram Sweeney in Heathers: The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Vanara: The Legend (Hackney Empire); Understudy Simba in Disney’s The Lion King (UK and Ireland Tour); Kralahome and Understudy Lun Tha in The King and I (UK and International Tour); Engineer and Thuy in Miss Saigon (UK and International Tour); John Stafford Fiske in Fanny & Stella The Musical (Garden Theatre, Vauxhall); Mr Wormwood in Matilda (Manila Premiere, Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group); Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Manila, Philippines); Ken in John Logan’s Red (Manila, Philippines); Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Year (Manila, Philippines); Jack in Into the Woods (Manila, Philippines); Charlie Price standby in Kinky Boots and Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening (Manila, Philippines).

Concert credits include: West End Live (Trafalgar Square) and West End Musical Halloween (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue).


Philippine television credits include: Red and Dagim (CinemaOne); Breakfast and Wazzup Wazzup (Studio 23); Pinoy (GMA 7) and ASAP (ABS-CBN)


Philippine film credits include: Niño (Cinemalaya) and I.T.A.L.Y (GMA Films).


Recording credits include: Death Note: The Musical (Concept Album, to be released later this year); The Jazzanova Project (Solo Album, Victor Music) and albums with Philippine boy band 17:28 (Star Records).

Joaquin Pedro Valdes as Manjiro. Photo: Manuel Harlan


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