Actor Jack hits the big time on the West End stage

Jack Greaves
Jack Greaves

Former Alnwick Youth Theatre and Alnwick Academy of Dance student Jack Greaves is making his West End debut this week.

Jack is an understudy for the cast in the Royal Shakespeare Company musical production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, with music and lyrics written by Tim Minchin.

The role is a dream come true for Jack, who wanted to be an architect before playing the role of Riff in a Duchess’s Community High School production of West Side Story changed his mind.

He said: “It feels amazing to be part of a West End show, this is what I’ve been working for and I still can’t believe I’m actually going to be in Matilda. It still hasn’t really hit me yet.”

Jack trained professionally at the Alnwick Academy of Dancing and starred in a production of Fame in the Alnwick Youth Theatre.

He managed to gain a place at the prestigious Music and Arts Bird College where he studied musical theatre until earlier this year.

Jack’s role in the show is known as a swing.

He said: “Basically, you are a cover for all the ensemble parts in a show. I cover nine parts in total, so if ever anyone was off ill or on holiday I would cover that role for the duration of their time off, so it’s not an easy job at all.

“It is hard because of the sheer amount of information you have to take on board.

“You’ve got to be in every rehearsal for every part you cover.

“One of the scariest, but most exciting parts is that you might be called on half-way through a show and have two minutes to get ready and then you’re on.”