MT alum, Carly Mercedes Dyer: The Stage 25!


We’re absolutely thrilled to see Musical Theatre alum Carly Mercedes Dyer feature in The Stage 25: Theatremakers to watch out for in 2022 and beyond!

Since graduating from ArtsEd’s School of Musical Theatre, Carly has added a string of West End shows to her CV – Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing, Memphis, Chicago, The Lorax (at The Old Vic) and Hedestown at The National Theatre.

She starred as Anita in West Side Story at The Leicester Curve, and Erma in Anything Goes at The Barbican last year. She most recently played Cassie in A Chorus Line at Leicester Curve.

Carly was nominated for the award by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, who said:

“Carly Mercedes Dyer is a wonderful performer with an exceptional range of roles in her career to date. Indeed, she practically stole the show as Erma in our production of Anything Goes at London’s Barbican this summer – holding her own against hugely experienced performers like Sutton Foster and Robert Lindsay.

The critics agreed. The Times, Guardian and Evening Standard all praised her performance in the show. The Stage’s Tim Bano said she didn’t just steal the scenes, she “plunders and ransacks them”. Broadway World praised the “piercing comedy genius” throughout her performance, most notably in her number Buddie, Beware, which, according to the Financial Times “brings down the house”.

We have to say, we agree with the critics and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Carly!

Photo: The Stage / Will Haub