All the world's a stage, at least for adviser Lee

While Lee Johnson heads up the successful Simply 1 Financial Services Ltd, for him, there just ain’t no business, like show business!

Back in his school days, Lee always enjoyed theatre, drama and all things acting. Most notably, he helped to write and even produce performances for his college.

Putting his acting to one side, Lee began focusing his attention on training to become an adviser and setting up a successful advice firm. However, he just couldn’t keep away from the bright lights of the stage, and decided he wanted to get back into amateur dramatics. After leaving London and heading to Norfolk, Lee became involved with the local production company.

Since 2014, Lee has been in a string of successful plays and even the odd musical. The first, in 2017, was the colourful, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Lee was more than a little shocked when he landed this role, as he doesn’t rate his singing voice. However, that didn’t stop him from taking part in another musical the following year, staring in The Producers, adapted from the film of the same name.

Not wanting to push his luck a third time, Lee confirmed that he has now retired from musicals. But, despite his own doubts when it comes to his musical skills, Lee loves to be on stage and to entertain, in whatever form that may be.

In his own words, ‘It’s the closest you can get to being a kid again and playing dress up – who wouldn’t want to do that all the time if they could!’

Not content at stopping there, Lee has gone on to take several professional acting courses over the years to hone his skills and hopes one day that he can move into acting professionally, at least on a part-time basis to start with.

Earlier this year, Lee was part of the cast of Towards Zero, a play based on the book by Agatha Christie. Lee played Neville Strange, who’s a suspect in the brutal murder of Lady Tressilian.

The European premiere, at The Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, was heavily attended by the Agatha Christie fan club as this was the first time the play, as written by Christie in 1945, has been performed. The script was lost following it’s only staging in Martha’s Vineyard in the US, in 1945.

When it comes to the theatre, Lee finds the whole experience of walking such a fine line between success and failure with a live show a real thrill. He’s already got more shows lined up for next year, as he’ll be performing in The Enchanted April at the Great Hall Norwich.

We wish you all the best of luck Lee. It seems only fitting we say it – break a leg!


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