Studio Guest: Clarke Peters

Mastermind was joined by actor Clarke Peters, known for his roles in ‘The Wire’, ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Holby City’, Jericho, ‘Death in Paradise’ ‘Midsomer Murders’ and more,  talking about the return of his award winning jazz musical ‘Five Guys Named Moe’. 

Mastermind | Saturday 28th October | 9-11am


Five Guys Named Moe, will extend its run at The Marble Arch Theatre until Saturday 17th February 2018, due to overwhelming popular demand.

Currently raising the roof in previews since the opening on September 14th, Five Guys Named Moe is playing at the brand new Marble Arch Theatre which has been custom built for the production.

First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, Cameron Mackintosh brought it to the West End where it played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway and around the world. Clarke Peters’ (The Wire, Treme, Person of Interest, Porgy and Bess, The Ice Man Cometh) career defining musical features the irresistible hits of trailblazing ‘King of the Jukebox’ Louis Jordan, including Early In The Morning, Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry. The soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and early r ‘n’ b is performed live on stage by The Funky Butt Club Band.


Clarke Peters has a long-established and wide-ranging career in theatre, television, radio and film. And his directing debut of a children book: BUD, NOT BUDDY, last week at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, was a huge success. His many stage credits include: Shakespeare in the Park-King Lear, David Mamets Race, Chicago and The Iceman Cometh in New York as well as, in London, As a Royal National player: Guys & Dolls, Ma Raineys Black Bottom and Mourning becomes Electra. The original Porgy in the Gershwins Porgy and Bess, Driving Miss Daisy, Kiss of theSpiderwoman, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues in the Night and, of course, the hit jazz musical Five Guys Named Moe also written by Clarke.   Other theatre includes Othello at the Sheffield Crucible the home of his directing debut of “Blues for Mr Charlie” followed by “King,the miusical” in the west end. You’ll appreciate that the decades of stage, radio, television and film work are too numerous to list here.Yet…

Clarke’s films include Spike Lees Red Hook Summer,Notting Hill, Mona Lisa, Bad Education, Marley andMe, Freedomland, The Benefactor, Endgame: Mandelas– The Prison Years and Nativity!

Clarke is also well-known for his very varied and popular television career which includes, amongst numerous successful performances, regular appearances in The Wire, Tremé, Jericho, The Divide, Chance and The Corner.. He has also guest-starred in Jonathan Creek, Holby City, Underground, Show me a hero, Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, True Detective, Memphis Beat, London Spy,Damages, Life on Mars,Law and Order – Trial by Jury and Person of Interest. And yet to be aired Life on earth and The Deuce.

At present developing a documentary on the history of Tap for the BBC and tracing Doo Wop.