Gloria trained at Rose Bruford on the Actor Musicianship course.
Her theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Grinning Man at the Bristol Old Vic, The Wild Party at The Other Palace, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse and doubled as Olivia and Sir Toby Belch in Kelly Hunter’s production of Twelfth Night at the Almagro Festival in Spain. Most recently she performed in Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic
Gloria will next be seen in Good Omens on Amazon and in the feature film High Life, appearing alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.
She is now performing in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre alongside Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo
Antony and Cleopatra
Gloria has been cast in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre alongside Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo
Fanny and Alexander Reviews
Reviews for Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic are in!
- ” The production offers a fast-moving family saga and dispels the myth of Bergman as a monastic gloom merchant” The Guardian
- “Although some scenes are played word for word from the original, they slightly alter the themes, speed up the action, and add some much-needed humour. The result is engrossing and rewarding” Whatsonstage
- “This is a touching family drama, and a profane hymn to dreamers, players and tellers of tales” The Stage
- ” Stephen Beresford’s version – directed by Max Webster – goes out of its way to avoid turning into a sedentary, sciatica-inducing nightmare” The Telegraph
- “The second act, as the mother discovers the co-dependent relationship she has found herself in and the extent of her mistake, is undoubtedly powerful stuff, as gripping as it is gruelling to watch.” London Theatre
- “This sumptuous stage representation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic movie from 1982 may last for 3½ hours including two intervals but effortlessly holds the attention as drama after drama impacts on the Ekdahl family in Uppsala Sweden a little over a century ago.” British Theatre Guide
- “In the end, the luxuriant staging and the sheer force of Bergman’s concluding message — that ‘there is no shame in deriving pleasure from this little world’ and that we mortals cannot hope to understand everything under God’s sun won me round” The Daily Mail
Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic
Gloria will join the cast of Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic from 21 Feb – 14 April 2018.
Gloria Obianyo in 'High Life'
Gloria will next be seen in the feature film “High Life” alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche
Gloria Obianyo in 'Twelfth Night'
Gloria just completed playing her duel roles of Olivia and Sir Toby Belch in ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival in Spain.
The production received rave reviews and plaudits.
Gloria Obianyo in 'Twelfth Night'
Gloria joins the cast of Twelfth Night at the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival in Spain.
Gloria plays both the role of Olivia and Sir Toby Belch in the production, which is directed by Kelly Hunter, and performs on the 25th of July.
Reviews in for 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui'
The reviews are in for Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, in which Gloria plays the roles of Flake and Hook.
- ‘Gloria Obiyano – who was for my money, the best thing in the recent revival of musical The Wild Party – impresses in a number of smaller roles.’ Natasha Tripney, The Stage
- “The most fun I’ve had in the Donmar for a couple of seasons…director Simon Evans efficiently handles to both evoke the spirit of Brecht’s theatrical methods complete with audience participation and anachronistic songs that give it flair and the necessary detachment that consistently reminds us of its theatricality.” Dom O’Hanlon, London Theatre
- “This slangy, modern and irrepressibly lively adaptation by Bruce Norris… utilises a fine ensemble directed by Simon Evans and turns all expectations upside down.” Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide
- “This is a superb ensemble effort…Lucy Eaton’s Dockdaisy and Gloria Obianyo’s Flake are differently memorable.” Simon Jenner, Fringe Review
Gloria Obianyo at the Donmar Warehouse
Gloria Obianyo is joins the cast of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, playing from April 21st – 17th June 2017.
Four star reviews for 'The Wild Party'
Reviews are in for Drew McOnie’s The Wild Party, in which Gloria plays one half of the D’Armano Brothers duo.
The press on Gloria and The Wild Party:
- “the D’Armono Brothers, a black sibling/lover dancing duo whose seamless synchronisation and faint, unsettling ambiguity are conveyed with mesmeric power here by Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea.” 4 stars, Paul Taylor, The Independent
- “…the entire cast thrills and chills…Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea as a young gay male couple…thrilling” 4 stars, Mark Shenton, The Stage
- “A particular treat are the synchronised, slow-shuffle moves of a pair of young black performing ‘brothers’, Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea. Their number “Uptown”…is a highlight.” Holly Williams, What’s On Stage
- “…the real show-stealers are Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea as the possibly incestuous D’Armano brothers – the gender cross-casting of this double act adding fascinating layers to the work’s exploration of social taboo-breaking and fluid or invented identity. The pair are loose-limbed, slick and sinuous, punctuating the action with their superb synchronicity; when that’s challenged by an interloper, the bodily expression of their rift is striking.” Marianka Swain, The Arts Desk
- “…crackles with exuberance and danger…” Gary Naylor, Broadway World
- “The Brothers D’Armano (played by Genesis Lynea and Gloria Obianyo) are flawless from start to finish, with each movement choreographed and placed perfectly. Not to mention, they just look so good!” Bethany Dickinson, A Younger Theatre
- “…strong work from Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea as ‘brothers’ Oscar and Phil.” Tom Wicker, TimeOut
- “…the whole cast is rivetingly committed…” 4 stars, Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
Gloria Obianyo in 'The Wild Party'
Gloria Obianyo joins the cast of Drew McOnie’s The Wild Party.
Gloria will play one of Phil D’Amarno in the production, at The Other Palace (formerly St James’ Theatre), from 11th February 2017.
Reviews in for 'The Grinning Man'
Rave reviews are in for new musical The Grinning Man, at the Bristol Old Vic.
The press on The Grinning Man:
- “blackly comic brilliance” 4 stars, Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
- “wonderfully weird…defies theatrical convention by simultaneously keeping its hand on its heart and its tongue in its cheek.” 4 stars, Michael Billington, The Guardian
- “Ambitious and strikingly designed”, Natasha Tripney, The Stage
- “the cast offer very fine and powerful singing voices across the board…As a theatrical performance – the combination of so many diverse talents to deliver a show to an audience – it’s simply beautiful…undoubtedly destined for bigger things”, Toby O’Connor Morse, Bristol 247
- “the best British score in years…It’s a heady mix: political, playful and profound. All smiles.” 4 Stars, Matt Trueman, What’s On Stage
- “hugely exciting and engrossing…superbly cast…I loved it, I really did.” There Ought To Be Clowns
- “weird and wonderful…the cast are creating such a buzz…a dark delight.” 4 stars, Patrick Marmion, The Daily Mail
- “an outrageous and rumbustious mix of love story, parable, puppetry and pounding score that might have stepped straight out of a Tim Burton fantasy movie.” 4 stars, Jeremy Brien, Musical Theatre Review
Gloria Obianyo joins cast of 'The Grinning Man'
Gloria Obianyo joins the cast of Tom Morris’ The Grinning Man.
The production plays at the Bristol Old Vic, previewing from 13th October 2016.
4 star reviews in for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'
Reviews are in for Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
The press on Jesus Christ Superstar:
- “…the cast is stunning…” 4 Stars, Tim Bano, The Stage
- “this first face-to-face encounter with the show has been a long time coming. And doesn’t disappoint…in the closing stages…you’d swear that this show, and not The Phantom of the Opera, is the one they’ll be playing millennia hence.” 4 Stars, Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
- “a gritty new Jesus Christ Superstar that might just be the finest musical this venue has yet produced.” Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
- “If you need any reminding how skilled British musical actors have become in recent years, this is an evening to persuade and cheer: the ensemble is terrific, and there’s not a weak link…An expected and considerable pleasure that really rocks.”, 4 stars, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
- “…this cast of excellence…Fresh, inventive and bursting with glitter — the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre once again delivers theatre to rival anything that’s come before.” 4 Stars, William J Connolly, Gay Times
- “…a production the like of which I have never seen before.” Carrie Dunn, Broadway World
- “The ensemble…dance furiously throughout…as vibrant and potent a production of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical as was possible.” Fergus Morgan, Exeunt
- “…the lively ensemble…attacks each number with vigour…vivid and compelling” 4 Stars, Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
- “…a revival you cannot miss.” Camilla Gurtler, A Younger Theatre
Jesus Christ Superstar plays at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 27th August 2016.
Gloria Obianyo in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'
Gloria joins the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, her first professional production since drama school.
Gloria plays an ensemble role, and is 1st cover Mary, in the production, which is directed by Timothy Sheader, and runs from 15th July – 27th August.