Kris Manuel biography Kris Manuel is a London-based actor and dancer. He is well-known for his portrayal of Ruhrgold in Starlight Express. He has been a part of several popular West End musicals and theatres, including some of the longest-running musicals and people's favourites, such as Phantom of The Opera, Matilda The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, and more. He is also a percussionist and soloist and has performed in several concerts. Training: Kris received his training from the Royal Academy of Music (postgraduate Musical Theatre course) and Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (musical theatre diploma) under Karen Rabinowitz and Mary Hammond's tutelage. Theatre: Kris Manuel has performed in many highly popular and critically acclaimed productions during his extraordinary career. His theatre credits include Ruhrgold and understudy of Rusty in Starlight Express, Sir Despard in Murgatroyd in Ruddigore, Fairy Queen in the all-male Iolanthe, Lou and understudy to Bobby C, Joey, Gus and Chester in Saturday Night Fever (UK tour), Wyatt and understudy to the three Rhythm Kings in Crazy For You, Ensemble in R.A.W. (Rhythm At Work) (European and UK tour) and Peter Pan the Musical. Other Credits: Kris Manuel was the lead vocalist n Hooray for Hollywood (Monte Carlo Sporting Club); and soloist and dance captain in Elton John and Ray Cooper.