West End stage still beckons for Grantham youngster

Jake McDonald-Pike.

Jake McDonald-Pike.

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An 11-year-old’s dream to become a West End star has received a huge boost, after successful auditions for the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In May the Journal reported how Jake McDonald-Pike from Springfield Road secured an audition to play Billy Elliot, and although the Grantham youngster did not progress to the final rounds he clearly made an impression.

Shortly afterwards the casting director contacted Jake to ask if he wanted to try for another West End role - Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane.


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