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Harry, 10, will share the stage with Jason Donovan

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

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A Lincoln youngster will star alongside Jason Donovan during the Manchester leg of the UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical.

Ten-year-old Harry Marcus is following in his father's footsteps as his dad - actor turned producer Jamie Marcus - starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals Aspects of Love and then opposite Elaine Paige in Sunset Boulevard in the West End.

Harry, who played Benji when Priscilla enjoyed a run at Hull New Theatre last October, has been selected to revive his role on February 17-22 at the Palace Theatre Manchester.

In Hull, Harry performed alongside Noel Sullivan, who was a member of the group Hear'Say, and soap actor Richard Grieve who, amongst other roles, used to be in Australian soap Neighbours.

But in Manchester Harry will be sharing the stage with another, even bigger, former Neighbours star.

Harry revealed: "It's a pretty big deal. It's exciting because I saw Jason Donovan on Children In Need on the television and was looking at him thinking 'I'm going to play alongside him'."

His father, Jamie, who runs Jamie Marcus Productions, said: "After Harry performed in the show in Hull they said they thought Harry was fabulous and we thought 'maybe they say that to all the boys'.

"But we had an e-mail the following week saying they wanted Harry to come back and play the part at the Palace Theatre Manchester alongside Jason Donovan, who is coming back into the show for this tour and will be the lead playing Harry's dad.

"The story is based around Jason's character Mitzi travelling across Australia to see his son. He is a drag act that teams up with two friends to travel from Sydney to Alice Springs in an old bus named Priscilla."

There's a chance Harry has opened the door to even bigger parts in the future as well.

Mr Marcus added: "That was Harry's first audition, trying for the role of Benji in Hull, and the casting director said 'you must audition him for Charlie in the West End'."

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical is being performed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and is directed by Sam Mendes. Harry is now waiting to hear if he has got the part and is down to the final four.

Despite his success, Harry, who won a scholarship to Lincoln Minster after auditioning for the choir, is still in two minds about his future: "I enjoy it but one of my other hobbies, when I am not performing, is playing football – my other great passion. I really do love sport."

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