Dunmow actor set to make West End debut

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Regents Park Open Air Theatre - Credit: Archant

A TALENTED young actor has taken a step closer to stardom after being booked to perform in a show in the West End.

Gus Barry will make his West End debut in May

Gus Barry will make his West End debut in May - Credit: Archant

Gus Barry, 12, will perform in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre from May 16 to June 15. The theatre has a capacity of more than 1,200.

It is the latest in a long line of productions the Helena Romanes School pupil has appeared in, which includes a feature film and supporting role alongside David Tennant.

Gus, pictured, said: “I was really excited when I heard I’d got the part. I can’t wait to perform outside.”

Rehearsals began last week for the production, which is directed by three times Olivier winner and Open Air Theatre artistic director Timothy Sheader, and has been adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel.

Gus has been hot property since he signed with the Top Talent Agency, one of the biggest in the UK, last year. He has already starred in feature film Deadly Intent, and has recently finished filming in The Escape Artist, a BBC One series in which he plays Tennant’s son, to be screened later on this year.

Gus is one of three young boys sharing the role of Jem in Mockingbird, and will be performing alongside Tony Award-winning American actor Robert Sean Leonard, best known for playing Dr James Wilson on the hit TV series House.

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Warren Bacci, director of Top Talent Agency, said: “It is amazing to see how well Gus is doing. I am so proud of him and I know his parents are too. This is only the beginning for him.”

Top Talent agency are on the lookout for more raw talent and are holding auditions across the UK in August, in their Summer Search for Top Talent.

If you think your child could tread the boards like Gus, then apply online at www.toptalentagency.co.uk to be emailed more information about the auditions.