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Horse-play for talented duo

Jason Langley and Alex Sims at the New London Theatre, Covent Garden. Both play roles in the production of War Horse.

Jason Langley and Alex Sims at the New London Theatre, Covent Garden. Both play roles in the production of War Horse.

 

A Fylde pair will leave thousands of theatre-goers a week wowed with their parts in the production of a West End smash-hit.

Former ArnoldKEQMS Lytham students Jason Langley and Alex Sims have key roles as actor and director in the world-famous show War Horse, which launched in London this week.

The story, turned into a hit movie in 2011 by film director Steven Spielberg, tells the tale of a young man who enlists to serve in the First World War after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry.

Jason, whose family home is in St Annes, plays the role of Cpt James Nicholls.

The 29-year-old, who has appeared in Doctors, The Bill and World Without End said: “It’s such a massive show. There are so many theatrical aspects to it.

“In terms of theatre, it is the biggest I have done, playing to 1,000 people each show, eight times a week.

“I play Nicholls, who convinces the central character, Albert, to let me take his horse to use on the battlefields.

“As well as working on stage, I also have a part in the puppetry department, guiding horses around the stage – I love the challenge.”

Alex, who splits his work as director between the West End production as well as the touring show, auditioned Jason for his role.

The 38-year-old, whose family home is in Clarence Avenue, Cleveleys, said: “So many people work in our production. It’s a great story.

“I auditioned Jason for the show and cast him as Nicholls.

“When we audition, we are looking to find people to do all the elements of the show, such as the puppetry. We are very lucky to have him.”

The production, now in its sixth year, is expected to continue for at least 12 months at the New London Theatre in Covent Garden.

The touring show – which features Lytham actor Sean McKenzie – is currently in Dublin.

 

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