Dean lights up the West End

Dean McCullough. INNT 51-605con
Dean McCullough. INNT 51-605con

GLENGORMLEY teenager Dean McCullough is enjoying the exciting lifestyle of a West End theatre star in a lavish production of ‘Cinderella’ at London’s Richmond Theatre.

Dean is part of the ensemble cast and an understudy for Buttons and Prince Charming in the 70-show run of the pantomime happening over a month.

He has been performing to packed-out audiences twice a day alongside comedienne and actress Jenny Eclair, 80s TV favourite Gary Wilmot and two “show-stealing” ponies.

“It is a real challenge,” said Dean. “Being the understudy means I have to be ready at a moment’s notice to step into either character and know their next line if they are unable to continue.

“But it is a fantastic way to learn and I absolutely love it - I just have to hope someone throws a sickie and hopefully when my mum is in,” he joked.

“The show is really busy, it never stops, but it is the two Shetland ponies that steal the show. They are the real divas of the whole production and the audiences love them.”

Dean is currently studying at the prestigious Laine Theatre School which has trained some of the biggest household names in the entertainment world, and he was the first man from Northern Ireland to be awarded a scholarship for his studies there.

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