Here comes Christmas! Ben Forster can't wait to bring Elf the Musical to the Lowry, Salford Quays

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IT’S August, the summer holidays are in full swing - and Ben Forster couldn’t be happier to discuss Christmas! For Ben will be starring in arguably the biggest seasonal show of the year when he brings Elf the Musical to the Lowry for six weeks from the end of November. This will be the first full season for the show outside London’s West End and Ben has effectively cornered the market playing Buddy. He took on the role for the show’s inaugural run in Plymouth and Dublin and then moved with the show into the Dominion Theatre. IT’S August, the summer holidays are in full swing - and Ben Forster couldn’t be happier to discuss Christmas! For Ben will be starring in arguably the biggest seasonal show of the year when he brings Elf the Musical to the Lowry for six weeks from the end of November. This will be the first full season for the show outside London’s West End and Ben has effectively cornered the market playing Buddy. He took on the role for the show’s inaugural run in Plymouth and Dublin and then moved with the show into the Dominion Theatre. “It does feel like I’ve got a split personality,” he said. “Last time when I finished in Elf, a week later I was in Phantom and that was weird. “At least this time I’ll have a break after Phantom to get my head round it and I do know what I’m going into. “But I love the show. It allows me to behave like a child for six weeks. But it’s mental. The set is on split levels and I am running up and down all the time. I remember last time I was so fit by the end of the run but I needed a holiday.” “It does feel like I’ve got a split personality,” he said. “Last time when I finished in Elf, a week later I was in Phantom and that was weird. “At least this time I’ll have a break after Phantom to get my head round it and I do know what I’m going into. “But I love the show. It allows me to behave like a child for six weeks. But it’s mental. The set is on split levels and I am running up and down all the time. I remember last time I was so fit by the end of the run but I needed a holiday.” “Then I saw the details for Superstar and thought I should give it one more push. “Some actors can be quite snooty about a show like Superstar but it is all about trying to get a break. Through one show you can be seen by several million people, you can’t achieve that on the stage. “You just use the opportunity to make your life better.” For all his amazing success, Ben admits that in the theatre, you never stop learning. “I feel lucky,” he said. “I have had such varied opportunities. I’ve done comedy in the Rocky Horror Show and Elf and tragedy in Jesus Christ Superstar and then got to do something so big and grand as Phantom. I learn from every job. “When Andrew Lloyd Webber asked me to do Phantom it was after he had seen me in Evita and although I’m 36 now, it showed me that I can still keep learning and improving and developing new skills. “Some actors can be quite snooty about a show like Superstar but it is all about trying to get a break. Through one show you can be seen by several million people, you can’t achieve that on the stage. “You just use the opportunity to make your life better.” For all his amazing success, Ben admits that in the theatre, you never stop learning. “I feel lucky,” he said. “I have had such varied opportunities. I’ve done comedy in the Rocky Horror Show and Elf and tragedy in Jesus Christ Superstar and then got to do something so big and grand as Phantom. I learn from every job. “When Andrew Lloyd Webber asked me to do Phantom it was after he had seen me in Evita and although I’m 36 now, it showed me that I can still keep learning and improving and developing new skills. Elf the Musical, the Lowry, Salford Quays, Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, January 7. Details from 0843 208 6005 or www.thelowry.com

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