A talented actor is determined to seize the ‘biggest opportunity of his life’ after securing a place at a prestigious theatre school, which has produced household names like Michael Ball and Brenda Blethyn.
Andrew Fletcher, from Alnwick, is relishing the prospect of starting his one-year course at the Guildford School of Acting in September and hopes it will prove a launch pad for an esteemed career in the arts.
And the delighted 23-year-old will bring the curtain down on his 12-month stint with a performance on the West End stage – in front of industry agents and producers.
“I have worked really hard so it is a great honour and privilege for me to be accepted and I can’t wait to get started,” said Andrew, who is also an accomplished singer.
At the end of the course, Andrew will be part of a showcase performance in Guildford, as well as at London’s Criterion Theatre. A fine display in the West End could prove to be his big break.
He said: “The showcase performance will demonstrate what we have learnt and there will be television workers, casting agencies and show producers there.
“The opportunity to showcase my talents to a wider audience and to people in the industry is a great opportunity – the biggest of my life.
“Primarily, I’d love to be involved in stage productions, but TV work would be great”
The former Duchess’s Community High School pupil honed his skills locally with Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre and Alnwick Stage Musical Society. “It was great experience,” said Andrew, who was also nominated for a National Operatic and Dramatic Association award for his portrayal of cowboy Curly McClain in Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society’s performance of Oklahoma! in 2014.
Andrew has performed in professional productions at venues such as Newcastle’s Northern Stage, and Tyne Theatre and Opera House.
Last year, he graduated with a first-class acting degree from Newcastle College. He recently worked on the set of ITV detective series Vera and is on the books of North-East-based agency, Fox Casting.
The Guildford School of Acting has a reputation for excellence in training for actors.