Will Miles prepares for curtain up at Northampton

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A YOUNG lad from Long Buckby will be taking on a leading role in a brand new musical staged at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton.

Will Miles, 11, who has just finished at Long Buckby Junior School and recently started at Guilsborough School, will be playing a role in The Go-Between, a show which comes to the Royal stage between November 2 and 19.

Explaining his role, Will said: “I play a character called Leo who is visiting his best friend Marcus, who is quite upper class.

“He gets to know Ted the farmer and Marion and he is asked by the two of them to pass messages onto each other as they are having an affair. He really loves Marion and will do anything for her.

“It is very much a coming of age story as well and he gets more confident as his character develops throughout the show.”

A passion for the arts runs in the family as his elder brother Matty starred in The Years Between staged at the same theatre earlier in the year while his oldest brother Greg, 20, is a musician and currently on tour with Pauline Black and the Selecter.

But this is not Will’s first time at the Royal and Derngate. At the tender age of eight, he played the title role in the musical Oliver staged by the Northampton Musical Society which took place on the Derngate stage.

More recently, he has appeared in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Royal and is a member of the youth theatre in Northampton.

Will said: “It was great performing Oliver because it was very full on but this is full on in a very different way.

“On the Derngate stage, it is so massive that you can’t actually see anyone in the audience however when you are on the Royal, it is a lot smaller and you can see people in the audience, so it will be a bit more nerve wracking.”

He will be in 11 shows and is sharing the role with Guy Amos from Oxfordshire. He says rehearsals have been going well.

Will said: “Rehearsals have been a lot of fun.

“There have been times when it has been really serious but we have had the chance to try out a lot of things.”

And the acting bug has clearly bitten him as it is a career he would like to pursue when he is older.

He added: “I love acting, it is great fun and would love to do more of it.

“I would love to be in loads of films when I am older.

“Either that or I would like to be a musician, I can play the piano really well and percussion instruments so we shall see what happens.”

But he is hoping for a big turn out for people to come and see The Go-Between.

Will added: “I really think people should come and see this show because I think it is going to be really good.

“It is a brand new musical with some really great songs, it is going to be fantastic night.”

Tickets for the show at the theatre’s Royal stage cost between £12 and £23 and are available by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

To see an interview with some of the cast in rehearsals, visit here for a video interview