Alex trained at Rose Bruford.
He has worked with the Globe Theatre five times to date, in productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Othello, King Lear, and a six-month tour of Much Ado About Nothing around South America and the US. He led in Straight White Men at the Southwark Playhouse in Autumn 2021 to great acclaim.
Alex’s other theatre credits include the titular character in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Harold Pinter Theatre, after touring the show throughout the UK. He played John Wilkes Booth in Sondheim’s Assassins at Nottingham Playhouse and The Watermill Theatre, and Belsha in The Visit with Lesley Manville, directed by Jeremy Herrin at the National Theatre. He featured in Alice in Wonderland, The Beggar’s Opera, The Tempest, and Much Ado About Nothing at Storyhouse Chester. Other stage credits include productions at the Watermill Theatre, with PunchDrunk/National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and Greenwich Theatre, and most recently leading roles in Robin Hood at Regent’s Park and Jules and Jim at Jermyn Street.
His work on screen includes Mr Sloane and The Borgias for HBO, Romeo & Juliet for the National Theatre/SkyTV/PBS.
Alex recently appeared in the feature film The Son with Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern.
Jules and Jim
Reviews for Jules and Jim at Jermyn St
‘Mugnaioni (so impressive in Southwark Playhouse’s 2021 production of Straight White Men) portrays a bold fellow who likes to give the impression that he can handle a glass or two of absinthe, only to let us glimpse his vulnerability as time passes.’
‘well-performed show with Collings and Mugnaioni sharing a devoted camaraderie’
The Gretchen Question
Alex opened in The Gretchen Question, a new production co-created by Melly Still and Max Barton, featuring live music by Second Body and design by E. M. Parry. Staged outdoors at the Shipwright’s House in Deptford, Gretchen was very well-received.
Guardian – 4*
Straight White Men
Alex led in the commended production of Straight White Men at the Southwark Playhouse in 2021. His portrayal of Jake was singled out for praise by industry and national press alike.
Romeo and Juliet
Alex played Paris in the National Theatre-produced film Romeo and Juliet, alongside Jessie Buckley, Josh O’Connor and Tamsin Greig.
Alex played Belsha in The Visit at the National Theatre in 2020.
Reviews for Assassins
- “The contrast between Alex Mugnaioni’s loquacious thespian Wilkes Booth and Ned Rudkins-Stow’s repressed time bomb of a Lee Harvey Oswald is one of the show’s highlights.” What’s on Stage
- “A superb multi-talented cast, nearly all playing instruments, carry this production on its jaunty wave.” Morning Star Online
- “Played with great clarity by Alex Mugnaioni” Pocket size Theatre
- “It’s both glorious and frightening, the small stage absolutely bursting with talent.” The Stage
Alex will be performing in Assassins, a Nottingham Playhouse and Watermill Theatre co-production.
Watermill Theatre 26 Sept – 26 Oct
Nottingham Playhouse 30 Oct – 16 Nov
Reviews for Captain Corelli's Mandolin
- “It’s a rich and ambitious piece of theatre.” Time Out
- “[Rona Munro’s] stripped-down version retains an appropriately epic sweep” The Stage
- “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin would satisfy any desire for watching epic stories on a smaller scale.” What’s on Stage
- “Alex Mugnaioni’s cheerfully quixotic Corelli” The Telegraph
- “[The Mandolin] is played live on stage by Alex Mugnaioni (Corelli) who is a superb player, not only when accompanying songs, but also by his rendition of a Vivaldi mandolin concerto” London Theatre 1
- “This production is as much about the horror and powerlessness of war as it is about romance – and, in the end, it is the former that it captures best.” The Guardian
- “This is powerful storytelling and Still’s production plays as sweetly as Corelli’s treasured instrument.” The Reviews Hub
- “A vivid and tumbling dramatic presence with strong musical elements, from inventive director Melly Still and adaptor Rona Munro.” Evening Standard
- “This is theatre at its best, taking an impossible task of an epic book and presenting it in an emotionally engaging, visually stunning and totally absorbing way, with a faultless ensemble cast.” West End Wilma
- “A thoroughly enjoyable interpretation, this production is a vivid retelling of a classic and a real treat for the senses” The Upcoming
- “You’ll be rewarded with something only a stage production can do – enfold you, enliven you and leave you enriched and enlightened.” Muddy Stilettos
- “The result an epic production: it is not a slave to the book, and the confines of the theatre mean it cannot possibly be, but it successfully creates its own identity as a powerful and compelling piece of theatre.” Time and Leisure
- “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin may seem to be a gorgeous oasis of escapism. But with its grumbling empathy, its endless reserves of resilience and hope, it also shows that, no matter how troubled the changing world, there is nevertheless compassion, beauty and merriment to be found in the most unexpected of people and places, if only we are open-hearted enough to look for them.” A Younger Theatre
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Alex will play the titular character in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Much Ado About Nothing Reviews
Reviews are coming in for Much Ado About Nothing at Chester!
- “Her match, however, comes not in the form of chauvinistic stud, but in Mugnaioni’s bolshy but blithering Benedick. His performance is simply exquisite. Superb comic timing, beautiful interpretation of Shakespeare’s prose and on top of this, one of the most hilarious physical performance’s you’ll see in a long time. He really is horribly in love.” The Reviews Hub
Made By Storyhouse
Alex has joined the in-house company of actors and will be spending the summer in Chester at Storyhouse and the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. He will be playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing from July 6 to August 25
Reviews are in for Alice In Wonderland
Reviews are in for Alice In Wonderland, with Alex Mugnaioni as the Mad Hatter.
The press on Alex:
- “As Alice travels through Wonderland, we see some hugely enjoyable theatre, such as the courtroom scene and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that seems particularly manic and is hosted by Alex Mugnaioni, a Hatter who is deliciously deranged.” Dave Jennings, British Theatre Guide.
- “One of the joys of having a large rep cast is seeing your favourite actors in a range of roles, thus Alex Mugnainoi, the sinister Macheath from The Beggar’s Opera is the sassy /insane Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland. The Chester Blog.
Reviews for Alex Mugnaioni in 'The Beggar's Opera'
Reviews are in for The Beggar’s Opera, with Alex Mugnaioni as Macheath.
The press on Alex:
- “The ensemble cast are excellent, with splendid performances from Daniel Goode, Jonathan Dryden Taylor and Alex Mugnaioni as Peachum, Lockit and Macheath” Four Stars, Nigel Smith, The Stage.
- “Alex Mugnaioni is magnificent as Macheath (aka Mack the Knife, although the Brecht/ Weill song rightly does not feature here), strutting around the thrust stage like Adam Ant and Captain Jack Sparrow’s love-child, oozing sex appeal and charisma from every pore. He’s the sort of character women want to be with and men want to just be, although Macheath’s seedier side might make some think twice about that. Make no mistake, Mugnaioni is the star of this show, and every time he’s off stage you find yourself waiting for him to come back.” Steve Stratford Reviews.
- “Alex Mugnaioni delivers a wonderful Macheath, one of the Peachums best workers and knows how to treat the ladies. Magnaioni owns the stage in this role, the character we later discover during a fight scene, is Mack the Knife. He has fantastic charisma and sings with a lot of passion.” Four Stars, Damian Riverol, North West End.
- “Alex Mugnaioni is mesmerising as protagonist Macheath, carrying his dubious promises and debauchery with a swaggering vitality and just the right amount of vulnerability.” Four stars, The Reviews Hub.
Alex in Storyhouse Chester's inaugural season
Alex Mugnaioni will play Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera and The Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland at Storyhouse Chester’s inaugural season this summer.
The season begins with The Beggar’s Opera on 11th May 2017.
Alex Mugnaioni in 'The Taming of the Shrew'
Alex Mugnaioni joins the cast of The Taming of the Shrew, at Shakespeare’s Globe, as part of the Globe’s Playing Shakespeare programme.
The show runs from 28th February – 15th March.
Reviews in for 'Sleeping Beauty'
Reviews are in for Bill Buckhurst’s Sleeping Beauty, with Alex Mugnaioni as the Prince of Nerds/Prince of Nerves.
The press on Alex and Sleeping Beauty:
- “Sharp, funny, pacy and energetic…There’s a lot that sets this apart from standard Christmas fare” 4 stars, Mike Rowbottom, The Stage
- “Alex Mugnaioni was hilarious as the Prince of Nerds” 4.5 stars, Mary Scriven, Reviews Hub
- “A geeky Prince of Nerds and a Prince of Nerves (Alex Mugnaioni)…filled with humour, fun and is astutely and inventively directed” Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide
Alex Mugnaioni in 'Sleeping Beauty'
Alex Mugnaioni is cast as the Prince of Nerves/Prince of Nerds in Bill Buckhurst’s production of Sleeping Beauty at the Watermill Theatre.
Reviews for Alex Mugnaioni in 'Twelfth Night'
Alex played Malvolio in Bill Buckhurst’s Twelfth Night, as part of the Globe Theatre’s long-running education programme in partnership with Deutschbank.
The show played for school-age children and for the public from 1st – 19th March at the Globe Theatre.
The press on Alex in Twelfth Night:
Alex Mugnaioni in 'Much Ado About Nothing'
Alex Mugnaioni played Don John and Dogberry in Max Webster’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, with the Globe On Tour.
The production toured of the UK, South America and the US, where it ran its final performance in November 2015.
The press on Alex in Much Ado About Nothing:
- “In particular, Alex Mugnaioni’s performances as both villainous Don Jon and village idiot Dogberry were flawless. His hilarious version of the night constable gave the light relief needed in the melancholy second half.” Eleanor Busby, Cambridge News
- “Dogberry who is expertly given the comedian treatment by Alex Mugnaioni.” Helen Brown, British Theatre Guide
- “Alex Mugnaioni is a dashing Dogberry, leading this band of players with gusto (ciao Cornwall) and big gestures and draped in a faded Italian flag, and is hissingly horrible as the villain Don John” – Jenni Balow, The Cornishman
- “Praise must go to Alex Mugnaioni’s transformation from the genuinely sinister and laconic Don John in the first half to the buffoonery of Dogberry in the second, this latter performance providing the biggest laughs of the play with his original Brandian inflection on the classic clown.” – Dan Hall, Daily Info Oxford
- “The standout performance here was Alex Mugnaioni whose pantomime villain Don John was silkily malicious, but even better was his farcical fool Dogberry who stole every scene he was in. This was due in no small part to his physical humour, which involved at one point slamming into a pillar, and his audience interaction in having the whole theatre chanting that he was an ass.” – David Trimble, The Tribe Online