Guys and Dolls (1995)

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May 24-28, 1995

Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter. Broadway

The first time Tom Hiddleston ever acted on stage, he was 13 years old. It was a school production of Guys and Dolls, and while the actor would go on to become a peerless Marvel villain and Tumblr-breaking dreamboat, it was not exactly the beginning of a future in musical theater.

"I played the guy that [the female lead] Sarah dances with in Cuba, and Sky Masterson gets jealous and smashes a bottle over his head or something," Hiddleston told BuzzFeed News at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, laughing at the memory.  BuzzFeed

Hiddleston, 28, discovered acting aged 13 when he arrived at Eton.

I really felt like I'd found what I wanted to do. Acting offered tremendous freedom because it allowed me to break all the rules under the cover of character – you can go a bit mad and swear and smash things up, all in the name of theatre.'

By day, young Hiddleston was scholarly and responsible but on stage he let it all out, playing everything from a hoodlum in Guys and Dolls to the vengeful Orestes in Electra (performed in the original Greek).  Standard