Talented schoolboy is The Go-Between

Harrogate's Jake Abbott, far right, and Edward Cooke, second from left with fellow cast members John Cairns and William Mercer. (TGB01)
Harrogate's Jake Abbott, far right, and Edward Cooke, second from left with fellow cast members John Cairns and William Mercer. (TGB01)

A TALENTED young Harrogate schoolboy is to take the starring role in a major production in Leeds.

Eleven-year-old Jake Abbott of St John Fisher Catholic High School will appear in The Go-Between at West Yorkshire Playhouse from next weekend.

Jake has been given the leading role of Leo Colston in this new British musical drama co-produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Live and Royal & Derngate Northampton.

It has been adapted from the classic novel by LP Hartley by playwright David Wood OBE and composer Richard Taylor as a play with songs written for a solo piano.

Directed by Roger Haines, the production receives its world premiere at the Playhouse on September 9 launching its Autumn Winter 2011 season and runs in the Courtyard theatre until October 1.

This great opportunity Jake arose when each theatre held open auditions to find four local boys to appear in the two roles of Leo and Marcus.

The production tells the story of 12-year-old boy Leo who spends the summer of 1900 at the home of his affluent friend Marcus Mosely.

As the summer progresses, he unwittingly becomes the messenger in a secret love affair between upper class socialite Marion Maudsley and tenant farmer Ted Burgess in a sequence of events which change his life forever.

Richard Taylor is a composer and lyricist who has worked in opera, theatre and television. Richard wrote the original stage musical adaptation of Whistle Down the Wind for the Edinburgh Fringe in 1995, which has subsequently become a worldwide hit.

For tickets costing: £17- 27 (concs available), telephone 0113 213 7700 or visit www.wyp.org.uk