Calder Valley Youth Theatre will have a very special guest in the audience when they perform Cats - actor and mountain adventurer Brian Blessed.
Brian appeared in the original cast when the show was performed in London’s West End in 1981, playing Old Deuteronomy, and said he is delighted to have been invited to the Calder Valley Youth Theatre’s show at Halifax Playhouse.
“Cats was my most favourite role in a musical and I am really excited to be invited back to Halifax to see the performance by Calder Valley Youth Theatre.
“I loved playing Old Deuteronomy on the stage in the West End and I am delighted I have been invited back to Halifax.”
He will be in the audience at The Halifax Playhouse on opening night on Wednesday, November 14.
Brian has been a star of stage and screen since the 1960s when he first appeared in TV’s Z Cars.
Since then he has had major success appearing in shows like Black Adder, Doctor Who, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and as Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon.
His unique voice has lent itself to some of his finest roles on stage including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, King Lear, Hamlet and Henry V and most recently he has been the voice of Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig.
He has also climbed some of the worlds highest mountains including Mont Blanc in The Alps, Kilamanjaro in Tanzania and Aconcagua in South America. During his attempt of Mount Everest in 1991 he climbed higher without oxygen than any other man of his age before having to turn back to save another climber’s life.
Cats runs from November 14 until November 17 with performances every night at 7.15pm plus a matinee on the Saturday at 2.15pm. Tickets cost from £10 and can be booked online at www.cvyt.co.uk.