Christmas comes early as Will’s back on home turf

Please find attached an image from Northern Stage's The Glass Slipper showing Ella Humbleton (played by Laura Riseborough) and Prince Hubert (played by Will Featherstone, who grew up in Ponteland).'Photo credit: Peter Skelton
Please find attached an image from Northern Stage's The Glass Slipper showing Ella Humbleton (played by Laura Riseborough) and Prince Hubert (played by Will Featherstone, who grew up in Ponteland).'Photo credit: Peter Skelton
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AN actor who grew up in Ponteland is glad to be home for Christmas after being chosen to play royalty at a Newcastle theatre.

Will Featherstone is stepping up to the challenge of providing Prince Hubert with the right sparkling ingredients for the production of The Glass Slipper over the festive season.

He moved north from Bristol when he was two years old and went to Darras Hall First School before attending the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.

The 25-year-old’s parents still live in Ponteland and he is currently staying with them while he takes part in the family play.

He said: “It’s a dream come true to return home for Christmas to play Prince Hubert and perform with the rest of this wonderful cast.

“It has been the best Christmas present ever – apart from getting a pair of goalkeeping gloves when I was aged eight.

“With productions like The Glass Slipper, your sole aim is to provide heart, fun and magic. That’s the best job in the world for an actor.”

Mr Featherstone has had a passion for the performing arts since his teenage years and although he studied Medieval and Modern Languages (French and German) at Cambridge between 2004 and 2008, it was at university where he ended up doing more acting as he studied for his degree.

Following a year abroad studying at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris before he graduated, he decided to try to forge a career in this field.

The London-based actor did a training programme at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and he says his proudest acting achievement to date was doubling as Romeo and Algernon in Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest, which opened last year’s season at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

The Glass Slipper, which is being performed at Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, is a funny and charming rendition of one of the world’s most told and best-known classics and it also features live music and original songs.

The play, set in 18th Century Newcastle, takes a glimpse inside the life of Ella Humbleton — a talented, hard-working and independent-minded young woman with a great sense of adventure.

A whirlwind journey awaits her that involves meeting a prince, sumptuous outfits and stunning locations.

Of his current role, Mr Featherstone said: “Hubert is by no means your average Prince Charming; shy, geeky and in many ways completely inept. He must also be empathetic, wonderful and strangely heroic.

“I also seem to spend a lot of my time being dragged around the stage by various different women and that’s fun too.”

The Northern Stage production will be running until January 7. For more information and to book tickets, telephone 0191 230 5151 or visit www.northernstage.co.uk