Super Trouper’s on his way home

Michael Beckley, Richard Standing and Keiron Crook in MAMMA MIA! International Tour, credit Brinkhoff & M�genburg
Michael Beckley, Richard Standing and Keiron Crook in MAMMA MIA! International Tour, credit Brinkhoff & M�genburg
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For most fans of Mamma Mia, the role of Harry Bright will forever be associated with Colin Firth’s performance in the musical movie.

Now one former Preston actor is stepping into the Hollywood star’s shoes as the international tour of the hit musical comes to Lancashire.

Keiron Crook, from Walton-le-Dale, is currently thrilling audiences in Basel, Switzerland, before heading back home when the tour moves onto the Blackpool Opera House to begin its exclusive summer season.

Having also thrilled fans in Korea, 42-year-old Keiron is looking forward to being back on home turf.

He said: “It will be great to be back in Lancashire.

“Being in Seoul was really interesting but pretty challenging, with the language and all.

“During the show there we would have giant screens with subtitles on them either side of the stage which was pretty funny when you’d have a joke in the script.

“You’d hit the punchline and it would be a couple of seconds before the audience reacted and caught up with us.”

Keiron caught the acting bug when he appeared in a Walton-le-Dale High School production of Gregory’s Girl, playing Gregory.

He said: “My mum, Norma, was a dancer and wanted me to follow in her footsteps with tap and ballet and all that but, I pulled a face.

“But when I was given the part in Gregory’s Girl I just thought, yes, this is what I want to do.

“My dad, Brian, wanted me to go to uni and get a proper job but I stuck at acting and here I am.”

The married dad-of-one moved to London in 1993, to begin his professional training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and has had a successful theatre career with roles in UK tours of High Society, The Sound of Music and The Phantom of the Opera to name but a few.

He now lives in Leyton Buzzard with his son, Archie, and wife, Zoe.

Keiron said: “Touring can be quite difficult but Archie is five years old now so he’ll get on Skype when I’m away and he and Zoe came out to Korea to see me, which was pretty good.”

• The Summer season of the Mamma Mia International tour runs at the Blackpool Opera House from June 20 to September 14