Scarborough star Ben is back for musical

Ben Ellis
Ben Ellis

SCARBOROUGH West End star Ben James Ellis is on his way back to the town to play a lead role in a musical.

Ben, who was in Hairspray, will play the role of Norman in Dreamboats and Petticoats when it arrives at the Futurist next year.

“It’s great that I will be in the show when it gets to Scarborough,” said Ben.

He is currently on tour with the musical, written by Birds of A Feather creators Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks, and will spend next month and into the New Year in the West End version at The Playhouse.

He previously starred in the show, again in the West End, opposite Tony Christie.

“The Futurist is such a vast space and I am really excited at the prospect of appearing there,” said Ben who has seen shows at the venue but never performed there.

“The Futurist is a valuable asset for Scarborough. Calendar Girls sold out there earlier this year which just goes to show how good it is for the town.”

He described his character of Norman as a less cool version of the Fonz. “He tries to be laid back but just doesn’t quite manage it – but you can’t help but like him,” said Ben.

Ben returned to the Scarborough stage earlier this year when he performed in a special production for Chris Wilby who retired as executive director of the Scarborough YMCA in February.

Ben started performing at the YMCA in St Thomas Street where he appeared in pantomimes and other shows.

His career took off when appeared in Any Dream Will Do on BBC 1 as Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber looked to cast a revival of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

From there he starred in Hairspray with Michael Ball. His portrayal of Link Larkin earned him a theatre award.

Stints in pantomime with Paul Nicholas in Hull and Craig Revel Horwood in Crawley followed.

He turned his hand to serious theatre, appearing in Brendan Behan’s The Hostage.

l Dreamboats and Petticoats is at The Futurist from Monday February 27 to Saturday March 3.