A classic for Jack

Jack Armstrong as David Copperfield
Jack Armstrong as David Copperfield

BUBWITH youngster Jack Armstrong has been treading the boards since the grand old age of four years old.

So, at just 11 years old, he is already something of a veteran and is looking forward to taking a leading role in the upcoming production of the Dickens classic David Copperfield at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Opening on 21 February and running until 25 February, the York Stage Production will see Jack play the young David Copperfield for the first half of the show, then narrate scenes performed by an older Copperfield in the second part.

Jack, a Woldgate College pupil, has future ambitions to become a West End star - or an action film hero - and has been acting in his spare time after first joining a stage school at four years old.

He said he is looking forward to playing David Copperfield in a show that will see the Rowntree stage transformed into a world full of puppets, donkeys, music and invention.

“I have always loved acting, especially the musical theatre side of it,” said Jack. “You do get worried about forgetting your lines, but once you’re on stage it doesn’t seem to matter anymore. You can’t beat that buzzing feeling get when the audience claps you - or hopefully they clap you!”

Jack has starred in several productions at York Grand Opera House including his debut in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat aged just six years old.

He quit stage school so that he could spend more time performing but would like to go to a drama college when he finishes his GCSEs in a few years time.

Jack also enjoys playing for Pocklington under-12 rugby team in what spare time he has.

Tickets to David Copperfield start at £9 with evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. They are available from York Theatre Royal Box Office and the show forms part of the celebrations to mark Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday.