Budding actor Lewis to star in Great Expectations

Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Lewis McBean is to tread the boards in a London-based production of Great Expectations.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Lewis McBean is to tread the boards in a London-based production of Great Expectations.

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A BUDDING actor is delighted to have won himself the main part in a London theatre production.

Hartlepool’s Lewis McBean will play the part of Pip, in Great Expectations, alongside a cast of other teenagers and young people from up and down the country.

The 18–year–old applied for a place in the show, which is run by Project Youth Music Theatre UK, and beat off stiff competition from 2,000 other hopefuls.

He then took part in another round of auditions which saw him crowned the show’s main part.

The production will be staged at The Rose Theatre, in Kingston, London, from August 29, following two weeks of intense auditions in the capital.

Lewis, a student at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, and a former pupil of Rossmere Primary School and Manor College of Technology, said he was delighted to have been offered the role.

He said: “I was amazed that I got the main part, I couldn’t believe it.

“I got told that the person who last had this part is currently performing in the West End so I don’t know whether I should be nervous or excited or what!”

He added: “My family are all really happy about it as well and they are all coming down to watch me in the show.”

Lewis, who lives with his mum and dad Colin and Tracey McBean, in Calder Grove, Rossmere, has also got a place at Guildford School of Acting, in Surrey, where he will complete a BA Honours degree in musical theatre for three years.

Patrons there include actress Penelope Keith, who starred in the Good Life, and actress Dame Maggie Smith, who played McGonagall in the Harry Potter films.

Lewis has also got to raise £1,500 to cover the costs of training for the show, which is carried out by West End producers and choreographers.

Anyone who would like to sponsor him should contact him on lewis686@live.co.uk