Paul to tread boards in special showpiece

Reporter: Iram Ramzan
Date published: 09 June 2017

A LEADING British stage actor from Chadderton is starring in a special one-off performance that is coming to Oldham.

Paul Hilton (46) appears in the National Theatre Live production of Peter Pan, which will show at the Odeon in the town centre tomorrow at 2pm.

Captured live at the National Theatre, Peter Pan is a recorded performance of JM Barrie's much-loved tale about a free-spirited young boy who never grows up.

The role of Peter will be played by Oldham lad Paul. His career has taken him to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the National Theatre and the Royal Court.

He also studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

But his performing career all started at North Chadderton School where the drama group and teacher Colin Snell put him on the road to success.

His dad David still lives in Ashdene Close, where Paul was born. His mother Dorothy died just over a year ago.

David said: "I am proud of him - he's done a lot.

"The people he studied with have also gone to big things.

"This performance was more poignant for him because Peter Pan is about losing your parents.

"It was rather traumatic for him."

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