From Child Star to Business Man: The Face Behind DramaClasses.biz
The couple behind DramaClasses.biz, leading nationwide directory of performing arts schools, are revealing to the public their successful past careers enriched in theatre and the arts. Richard and Lynn Beaumont met and married in 1996, while touring in Ben Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and years later decided to go into business together and establish DramaClasses.biz.
Together the Beaumont’s have in excess of 70 years’ experience in the arts, which renders them experts in the field. They have run their own theatre company and youth theatre for nearly two decades and decided to build a business based on their joint knowledge of theatre and performing arts. It is this knowledge and first-hand experience which is accountable for their successful transition into entrepreneurship, separating DramaClasses.biz and its expertise in the arts apart from its competitors.
Mr Beaumont began working in the profession at the tender age of four, and went on to star in a wide range of films and television programmes. His most famous appearance as a child star was playing Tiny Tim in Scrooge (1970) opposite Albert Finney. At the age of nine, Richard became the youngest recording artist ever at that time, recording a song written by Lee Reed and leading him tipped for millionaire success by the age of 15!
Richard Beaumont, co- founder of DramaClasses.biz, said, “I come from a family steeped in theatrical history – my Great Grandfather was a one-legged ventriloquist, my uncle owned prominent theatres in the West End, and my Mother Sally Barnes hosted The Beatles’ first ever TV appearance.”
As Mr Beaumont grew from a child star into an adult performer, he made the move into musical theatre. After meeting Lynn 18 years ago, the talented duo set up their own drama school and theatre company, and have been writing, producing and performing ever since. Focusing heavily on comedy, their flagship production ‘Entertainment My Arts’ has been on tour and enjoyed a short run in the West End receiving wide acclaim. Blag Youth Theatre followed shortly after, which now boasts three branches and over 250 children taking part in drama classes.
Lynn Beaumont, co-founder of DramaClasses.biz said, “We launched DramaClasses.biz in 2007 after we decided that paper advertising was a waste of time and money and needed some way of advertising our drama school. We then decided that all schools would benefit from this one-stop shop, so decided to make advertising for schools easy and affordable. With our knowledge of the arts we offer schools a premium service with expert advice. Since the launch the website has gone from strength to strength and now has 1300 schools all over the UK listed with us.”
During their extensive, varied and busy careers, Mr and Mrs Beaumont even found the time to have a child and named her Charlotte Happy.
Mrs Beaumont added, “We never forced it on her but it seems like Charlotte was destined to follow in our footsteps – she has been a successful TV actress since 2010 appearing in TV and Film. She played Chloe Latimer in the award winning series of Broadchurch and last year travelled to America to film the much anticipated film Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean. She is currently filming and you will see her next year in the long running drama Waterloo Road.”
For more information about DramaClasses.biz and how they help local performing arts schools, visit http://www.dramaclasses.biz/
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About DramaClasses.biz: With a huge directory of nationwide drama schools, classes and workshops available to browse, DramaClasses.biz is making it easier for people to source high-quality acting training and performance studies all over the UK.