A story of a leading lady: Summer Strallen

When Summer Vaigncourt-Strallen was born in London in 1983 it seemed inevitable that she was destined for the stage. Her parents, Sandy Strallen and Cherida Langford, were both seasoned performers and had both appeared in the original production of Cats. Her aunt, Bonnie Langford, had in her early teens already starred in the West End production of Broadway; grandmother, Babette Langford, ran a successful dance academy. Summer stayed true to form and in proud Langford / Strallen tradition was showing off her dancing skills at the age of 18 months. She has since gone on to establish herself as an all-round performer of notable talent with an impressive list of credits to her name and the respect and recognition of her peers.

Early Career

Summer, together with her three sisters, trained at The Arts Educational School in London which provides excellent training in musical theatre. She then spent a year at Laine Theatre Arts; an independent performing arts college. At the age of 16 Summer made her first West End appearance in Cats. She was soon to feature in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls and The Boyfriend for which she earned a Best Actress nomination at the Olivier Awards in 2007. 2008 once again saw her being nominated for this award as Best Actress in a Musical for, The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2011 she won the Broadwayworld.com UK award for her portrayal of Meg Giry in Love Never Dies. This diversely talented actress has made her mark in radio, television and theatre.

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Outside Of The Theatre

Summer Strallen has lent her voice to the character of Princess Lucy in The Big Knights, an animated children’s program. Her television appearances include Land Girls; a BBC, world war two drama in which she played Nancy Morrell and the Channel 4 production of Hollyoaks for which she took on the role of Summer Shaw. She has also been seen in BBC1’s, Doctors. Showing off her singing talent Summer featured on the CD, Act One – Songs From The Musicals of Alexander S Bermange and contributed to the Love Never Dies cast recording as Meg Giry. As if this was all not enough, on a special West End edition, Summer appeared on the popular quiz show, The Weakest Link and finished second. It seems there is no end to her abilities and no restrictions on her future.

Future For Summer Strallen

If Summer Peta Vaigncourt-Strallen realises her full potential, then we can look forward to enjoying many very interesting years of entertainment from this hugely talented actress / dancer / singer and she can look forward to continued acclaim from peers and fans alike. As long as musicals are staged in London’s West End we are certain to see her name up in lights.

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