A TALENTED Malvern actor has spoken of his excitement at playing the role of one of his favourite music stars in his home town.
Dean Elliott, who currently lives in West Malvern, will take to the Malvern Theatres stage on Friday (October 3) as Paul Simon in a story dedicated to one of music’s finest double acts in history – Simon and Garfunkel.
The show, which has appeared in the West End, tells the story of the famous duo from growing up as best friends to their ultimate rise as multi-million pound stars taking the world by storm with their own brand of music.
Award-winning actor Dean, who previously played the life of Buddy Holly in Buddy The Musical, is joined by a strong and talented cast using huge projection photos, original film footage and features a band performing their range of hits.
American duo Simon and Garfunkel were regarded as one of the most popular artists of the 1960s and were viewed as icons of the decade’s music scene alongside the Beatles.
Speaking to the Observer, Dean, who also works as the show’s promoter, said he was thrilled to be performing in Malvern.
“I know Malvern like the back of my hand and although originally from Worcester it feels like home for me,” he said.
“Malvern Theatres is stunning and I have been knocking on their door since putting the show together and they have finally accepted it which is great. It’s nice to the show is of a high calibre to be able to go into Malvern.
“We’ve got about 130 dates all over the UK but this particular show in Malvern is a highlight for me and our drummer Josh Powell who is also from the Malvern area.”
Dean said he was proud to see audiences pack in to see the show and be so intrigued about the duo’s story.
“The show’s been a real success so far,” he added.
“It’s not a tribute with two people singing songs, we’ve got a full band of musicians and West End performers who take people on a journey of their lives and the background scene of when they were playing in the 1960s. It’s quite nostalgic and takes people down memory lane.”
Tickets for Friday’s show, starting at 7.45pm, cost £20.72 and are available by visiting www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or by calling 01684 892277.