Snowman star Archie is a real high flier

Archie Durrant, nine, is to star in a West End production of The Snowman
Archie Durrant, nine, is to star in a West End production of The Snowman

A nine-year-old dancer is set to take the West End by storm this winter as he stars in The Snowman stage show.

Archie Durrant, of Mawsley, plays the boy in the theatrical adaptation of the classic Raymond Briggs book.

A 1982 animated film version of the book, featuring the classic tune Walking in the Air, sees the boy and his snowman friend flying to meet Father Christmas.

Archie, a keen dancer, will be winched into the air as part of the show, as he helps recreate the scene.

The show, based on the book and the subsequent film, is being performed at the Peacock Theatre between late November and early January.

Archie, a pupil at the Starlight Dance and Musical Theatre School in Kettering, will be sharing the role with two other youngsters.

He will then go on tour to Birmingham, Southampton and Nottingham, a run which finishes at the beginning of February.

Despite his young age, he has already performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Disneyland, and he also starred in a television advertisement for Kellogg’s cereal earlier this year.

“I am not afraid of heights – I have got to be on a harness up high, and I get to go in a sidecar,” said Archie as he explained which parts of the production he was most looking forward to.

He added: “I have got so many people behind me and they are looking forward to coming to watch.

“When I found out I had got the part, I was amazed.

“I knew I had given it my all because I came out feeling like a zombie.”

Archie also paid tribute to the principal of Starlight, Jacc Batch, for his help and support.

He said: “I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it wasn’t for Jacc.”

Mr Batch said it was the first West End role for someone in his Starlight talent agency, which was launched in April.

He added: “Archie works very hard. He’s very talented in everything he does.”