In our new weekly feature, we take one of our favourite theatre-makers and ask them a few of their favourite things.

First up is Michael Xavier, star of the WhatsOnStage Award nominated Sound of Music and soon to be appearing in the The Pajama Game from May.

So Michael, what is your favourite.....

Place to hang out in London?

Sophie's Bar & Grill (great food, atmosphere and clientele).

TV Programme?

Breaking Bad (best TV made in years! Acting, directing, writing, lighting… It ticks every box for me.)


There are SO MANY but I like a restaurant near me in Kensal Rise called Bawarchi. They do the best curries there and are very friendly. I would order Garlic chilli chicken, pilau rice and sag paneer. I'm salivating now!

Holiday destination?

Grand Cayman (in the Caribbean is beautiful) but going to Thailand soon so I think I may have a new favourite.

Theatre to perform in?
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. Regardless of the weather it has an atmosphere like no other theatre in London. When the weather is good it is glorious. When it's bad it's atmospheric. You can't go wrong. If you've never been please buy a ticket for the coming summer season. You won't be disappointed. I've been so privileged to work there twice now and hope to continue working there my entire career.

Theatre to visit?
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The history and grandeur of that theatre can't be beaten. Plus all the names that have tread those boards over the years make it inspiring. The stage is enormous and the auditorium the most beautiful sit in.

Who is your favourite Playwright?
There are a few for several reasons but I love the style and detail of David Mamet. His characters are usually so troubled and he creates a magical shift of power throughout each play. It's thrilling to watch his work (as it's not just cerebral).

Role that you have played?
Oliver in Love Story. A wonderful musical written by Howard Goodall and Steven Clark which was beautifully directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. The role of Oliver goes on an enormous journey from adolescent wealthy brattish-ness (just made that word up I think) to a man who has to cope with his wife's (Emma Williams' fantastic portrayal of Jenny) terminal illness. A beautiful show that should've ran longer in the West End.

Come on our hosted WhatsOnStage Outing on 8 May and get a top-price ticket, free programme and access to our exclusive post-show Q&A with the cast all for £34.50