Our Patron

Message from Michael Jibson, Olivier Award-winning actor.

“In 1994 my mum asked me if I wanted to be involved in Hessle Theatre Company’s production of ‘Oliver!’ at the Hull New Theatre. I played Dodger, my brother played Oliver, and that’s where it all began for me – I was hooked! It became part of the foundations of the career I have today. I went on to be a part of Hessle’s youth productions, including ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘Grease’ and subsequent Hull New Theatre productions including ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Hello Dolly’ and ‘South Pacific’ and was a proud member of the Concert Party. I remained a member until I was eighteen, when I left Hull to train at the Guildford School of Acting in 1999.”

“I owe my old friends in Hessle a lot and thank you for helping me find my tribe and shaping who I am today. I truly believe that local theatre is the most important and accessible connection to the arts that we have. Long may Hessle Theatre Company continue to be one of the premier local theatre companies in the North of England. I’m very honoured to have been asked to become a patron and I send everyone my best wishes for Hessle’s forthcoming productions!”


Michael is an actor, writer, director and voiceover artist. In 2018 he won an Olivier Award for his performance as King George III in Hamilton at The Victoria Palace, London. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting and with the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) – he is also a patron on the NYMT.

FILM: 1917, Last Night In Soho, An Extra July, Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Beauty & The Beast, Les Miserables, The Riot Club, The Bank Job, The Fifth Estate, Hunter Killer, Good People, Hammer of the Gods, The Darkest Day, Panic Button, Devils Bridge, Cemetery Junction, Flyboys, and the BAFTA CYMRU winning The Lighthouse – funded by the BBC Films, The BFI and S4C – which Michael also co-wrote, produced and starred in.

TELEVISION: The Crown (Netflix) The Essex Serpent (Apple TV) No Return (ITV) Four Lives (BBC) A Discovery Of Witches (SKY) Cobra (SKY) The Alienist (TNT/Netflix), Isolation Stories, Quiz, Honour, Trauma and DCI Banks (ITV), Myles Standish in Saints & Strangers (National Geographic/Sony), The Barking Murders, Burton and Taylor, Father Brown and Victoria Wood’s Tubby and Enid (BBC), A Discovery of Witches (SKY) and Phamer McCoy in Emmy Award winning US miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel) with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.

THEATRE: Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre) Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Roots (Donmar Warehouse), Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms), Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange Theatre), Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory), the lead role of Pinkie Brown in Bright Rock (Almeida), A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible), Our House (Cambridge Theatre) Lawrence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. The Canterbury Tales (RSC), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Painter in The Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Instagram & Twitter @mikejibson
website www.michaeljibson.co.uk