After graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1990 Hadrian created the role of Mr Beebe in SNAP Theatre Company's touring production of "A Room with a View". This was followed by his first West End engagement, as The Policeman in "Me and my Girl", where he also understudied and played the roles of Gerald and Parchester. As he was finishing his contract there he joined the company of "Miss Saigon" at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, playing a Marine and eventually playing the role of Captain Shultz. He segued from this into the company of "Les Miserables" playing Brujon and understudying and playing for over 50 performances the lead role of Jean Valjean.
Next came the UK tour of "Evita" where he understudied Peron, playing opposite Marti Webb on several performances. After this finished he came back to the West End in Gale Edward's highly acclaimed production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", playing several ensemble roles and understudying King Herod and Annas. "Doctor Dolittle" was next, at the then Labatt's Apollo, playing Charlie the Fisherman, and Understudying Straight Arrow and General Bellows.
Hadrian next toured in "Jesus Christ Superstar", firstly as Annas in the International tour, and then as King Herod in the UK tour. This was followed by "Romeo and Juliet" at the Piccadilly Theatre, and then he created the role of Marvin in the multi award-winning production of "Jerry Springer the Opera", firstly at the Royal National Theatre, and subsequently at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End. As part of the Ensemble of "Jerry Springer" he shared the 2004 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical. Towards the end of his time in "Jerry Springer" Hadrian took over the role of Warmup Man/Satan, opening the show with David Soul as Jerry, before he left to join the company of "The Producers"at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where he played Mr Marks, and understudied Max Bialystock, Roger De Bris and Franz Liebkind, also touring with this production across the UK.
Drury Lane was now becoming Hadrian's 'second home', and he went back there to play the Knife Grinder in Cameron Mackintosh's production of "Oliver!", starring Rowan Atkinson. On several occasions he also played the role of Mr Brownlow.
The chance to see a bit of the world took Hadrian to Toronto next, as Major Shelley in "The Secret Garden". Hadrian's next role was as Inspector Collins in Phil Wilmott's production of "Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be" at the Union Theatre. This was followed by the UK tour of "Oliver!", once again for Cameron Mackintosh. It was whilst touring with "Oliver!" that Hadrian was offered the opportunity to be in the feature film of "Les Miserables", playing one of Thenardier's regular drunkards! ( Look out for him in Thenardier's Inn!). Working with Tom Hooper, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe etc was a pretty big ambition fulfilled!
Hadrian can next be seen onstage in "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre where he will be playing the part of Joseph Buquet. Performances for him begin September 2nd.