TOBY FRANCIS

Toby Francis is a multi-faceted performer of wide-ranging talent.

A remarkable singer and gifted actor, Toby originated the role of Stewie in the premiere production of Tim Freedman’s musical Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You for Neil Gooding Productions. Prior to this, he was seen in two other Australian premiere productions: as charismatic bad-boy Billy Nolan in the independent smash Carrie: The Musical and Featured Male Soloist in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. (Both for Squabbalogic.)

A consummate writer as well as stage performer, Toby was hand selected by John Cleese to appear as his sketch and writing partner as part of The Just For Laughs International Comedy Gala at The Sydney Opera House alongside Louis CK, Demitri Martin, Martin Short and Wil Anderson.

These skills, combined with an industrious flair for production, make Toby a natural for the cabaret stage. His work on the critically acclaimed Love and Death and an American Guitar enjoyed two sold-out seasons at Hayes Theatre Co and was awarded a 2014 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Cabaret Production.

Toby’s career kicked off quickly. Just one week after he completed university, Toby won the 8th Annual Cabaret Showcase and caught the attention of Australian entertainer, David Campbell who quickly took him under his wing directing his debut cabaret show Blokelahoma!. The show landed with a bang, playing to packed houses at the Adelaide, Brisbane, and Melbourne cabaret festivals along with the Noosa Long Weekend.

He then appeared in the leading role of Boland as part of Neil Gooding Production’s Australian Premiere of Pasek and Paul’s Off-Broadway hit, Dogfight at Hayes Theatre Co.

In 2017, Toby completed a hugely successful season of Kinky Boots for Michael Cassel, starring in the lead role of Charlie. He then went on to co-produce and star in High Fidelity with his up-and-coming independent production company, Highway Run Productions.

This year has seen Toby play Galileo in the We Will Rock You: Arena Spectacular, Judas in the highly critically-acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar for Packemin Productions and as lead guy in Darlinghurst Theatre’s recent smash hit and sell-out season of ONCE.