Actor makes his stage debut 22 years after stepping in theatre

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A NORTH Tyneside actor will make his stage debut this month, 22 years after first stepping through the stage door of the theatre.

Phil Dixon, from North Shields, has been an active participant in local amateur theatre circles for over 25 years, and gained his Equity Card in 1994.

Since then he has appeared in numerous pantomimes and shows around the country, as well as making brief appearances on TV in Vera, United and Tracy Beaker Returns.

Now, he will be making his debut at the theatre when he appears as Rooster Hannigan in Newcastle Upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company’s production of Annie at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal later this month.

Despite first working at the Theatre Royal as a stage technician for the Pantomime of 1990/91 with The Krankies, Anita Dobson and the late Bernard Bresslaw, he has never performed in a full show on the stage at the 175 year old venue.

Phil said: “I did get a chance to make a brief appearance in the Pantomime Crew show in 2011, but that was only around ten minutes on stage.

“Playing the part of Rooster will finally be my chance to have my moment in the spotlight at what has to be one of the most iconic buildings in the north east.

“It will be such a buzz to finally get to perform on the stage there.”

Annie is at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from Tuesday, August 28, to Saturday, September 1.

Call 08448 112121 for tickets.