Actor returns to his old stomping ground

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A former Fylde coast acting student will return to the area to star in the opening production of Lytham Hall’s outdoor theatre season.

Aaron Charles learned his trade at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s School Of Creative Arts, graduating in 2013.

And next month he will be back to star as Mr Rochester in Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s production of Jane Eyre.

Aaron, 23, said: “My time in Blackpool was a formative experience in my life and a thorough training for being a professional actor.

“I enjoyed the teaching and the people very much.

“Our date at Lytham Hall comes right at the start of a two-month summer tour which takes us the length and breadth of the country and I am hoping to see a few familiar faces in the Lytham audience.”

During his three-year degree studies, Aaron, who now lives in Southampton, took part in college shows produced by Sarah Stone, Michael Holdsworth and Anthony Dalnas.

The role of the sinister Mr Rochester has attracted some of the biggest names in stage and film versions of Charlotte Bronte’s most popular novel including Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, William Hurt and, most recently, Michael Fassbender.

However, Aaron is looking forward to the chance to bring the role to life in Lytham, as an excellent professional opportunity.

Rehearsals are underway in Lincoln, and he’s enjoying the process – particularly playing opposite Eliza Jade who is cast as Jane Eyre

“It will be a great challenge for me, but it is a wonderful adaptation for the stage by Laura Turner and the whole cast of six have gelled well together,” Aaron said.

“We are really looking forward to getting the show on the road soon and I am sure that we will not visit a better venue than Lytham Hall.”

During the past five years, the Grade-I listed Georgian mansion has become recognised as a stately and spectacular backdrop for touring performances.

* Jane Eyre, Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Lytham Hall, Sunday, June 14. Visit www.chapterhouse.org for tickets.