Gloria Obianyo

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.  Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic, Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre alongside Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo and starred in The Girl From The North Country in the West End and Toronto. Most recently she performed in The Living Newspaper at the Royal Court Theatre, and she starred in the critically acclaimed Paradise by Kate Tempest at the National Theatre. Her sensational performance in that role earned her first prize in the Ian Charleson Awards. She will lead in The Clinic at the Almeida in September.

Film and television includes Good Omens forBBC/ Amazon and in the feature film High Life, appearing alongside Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, and most recently the feature film Dune.

WINNER – First prize, Ian Charleson Awards 2022



The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre

Gloria will lead in The Clinic at the Almeida this autumn, Sat 3 Sep – Sat 1 Oct.

The Clinic is a fiercely political and lyrical play by “seriously exciting new talent” (Evening Standard) Dipo Baruwa-Etti(An unfinished man, The Yard), written during a twelve-month residency with the Almeida as part of the Channel 4 Playwrights’ bursary.

This world premiere, directed by Monique Touko (Fair Play, Bush Theatre), is a tense and transfixing portrait of a woman with a hunger for change, a family on fire and how to rise from the ashes of a broken world.

Ian Charleson Awards

Gloria won first prize in the Ian Charleson Awards 2022. Her sensational perfomance in Paradise was recognised as the best performance on stage from an actor under 30 in a classical role. ‘She never put a foot wrong’.

Ian Charleson Awards

Gloria has been shortlisted for the Ian Charleson Awards for her superb performance in Paradise.

Gloria Obianyo Stars in Paradise at The National Theatre

  • Lesley Sharp as Philoctetes bestrides the stage. However, her towering performance is matched by Gloria Obiyano as Neoptolemus who gives as good as she gets in the battle between the two of them to get their way. LondonTheatre1
  • Neoptolemus harnesses his own grievances to reel the warrior in — an excellent Gloria Obianyo shows a pup maturing into a wolf. The Sunday Times
  • Lesley Sharp owns the stage as Philoctetes, rollicking around like a wheeler dealer who revels in their own legend. Also excellent is Anastasia Hille as Odysseus, all drawling machismo, and Gloria Obianyo as Neoptolemus, buttoned up and dutiful. Evening Standard
  • Sharp, is clearly having the time of her life.She is ably matched by Obianyo, whose nervy, naive Neoptolemus makes for an ideal foil.
  • Obianyo is incredible, straight-backed and earnest in the face of Anastasia Hille’s suitably wily Odysseus. “This will be the making of me,” she mutters, trying to convince herself as much as us. The Arts Desk

The reviews are in for Gloria'sperformance in GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

  • Gloria Obianyo is magnificent, however, as Marianne, making the transition from girl to womanhood as she fights off the attention of a well-meaning elderly man who wants to marry her. Her voice is stunning — shades of Nina Simone. THE TIMES
  • Also excellent is Obianyo, who sings an incandescent version of Tight Connection To My Heart, the first song that features the company’s glorious chorus, her voice resonating gorgeously in the lower registers. It was so wonderful that the audience wanted to applaud. NOW TORONTO
  • …an exquisite Gloria Obianyo ONSTAGE TORONTO
  • The part of ­Marianne ­turbo-charged Shelia Atim’s career in 2017 but Gloria Obianyo is here just as good. She can convey volumes of sadness in a single phrase and sings with wrenching power. EVENING STANDARD

Antony and Cleopatra Reviews

Reviews for Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre are in:

  • “The supporting performances satisfactory across the board shift into realms of excellence: Katy Stephens’ Agrippa, Tim McMullan’s Enobarbus and Gloria Obianyo’s Charmian.” The Telegraph
  • “The stage at the Olivier is huge but this production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy is as big as it and as spectacular.” The Times
  • “Very entertaining: slick, stylish and action packed” Time Out
  • ” Simon Godwin doesn’t put a foot wrong in a three and half hour production that is intriguing, witty, passionate and at times thrilling.” British Theatre Guide
  • “Simon Godwin’s modern-dress version gives it a contemporary sheen, but also a more propulsive cinematic flow, too” London Theatre
  • “Compassionate, politically astute and psychologically perceptive.” The Stage
  • Anthony & Cleopatra combines the epic and the intimate.” The Reviews Hub
  • “The supporting cast is commendably strong.” The Guardian

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 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

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.