Finding lead actor is not so elementary for Players group

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Belper Players enlisted a great Victorian detective to help find a great Victorian hero for their latest production.

The amateur dramatics society is staging a version of Charles Dickens’ classic, Nicholas Nickleby, in the town in the run-up to Christmas but needs someone to play the lead role.

To help find their star their very own Sherlock Holmes, was in Belper’s Market Place during the Farmer’s Market on Saturday 14 July, looking out for the ideal Nicholas.

Larry Waller, who is directing the production, said: “We ‘re looking for a young man in his late teens. That is all we have to go on, so we were grateful to Mr Holmes for taking on this case.

“This will be a very exciting production with around 60 characters, so it’s a great chance for anyone interested in acting to come and have a go.

“As you can imagine with a play on this scale, there will be lots to do behind the scenes too, so we’d love to hear from anyone who wants to help out.”

Nicholas Nickleby will be performed at the Strutt Centre in Belper from Tuesday December 4 to Saturday December 8, with an additional matinee on the Saturday.

Anyone who wants to get involved is invited to come along to casting meetings which are happening at The Lion Hotel on Thursday July 19 and The Strutt Centre on Monday 23 July.