SUNDERLAND superstar Ben Forster is returning to the West End in one of theatre’s greatest musicals.
The Millfield actor, who shot to fame after winning ITV show Superstar, will tread the boards in Evita when it reopens the refurbished Dominion Theatre in London.
He will be reunited with the musical powerhouse partnership of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Agustin Magaldi – Eva Peron’s first love – in one of their defining pieces of theatre.
The former Thornhill School pupil will star alongside Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow, who plays Che, and rising star Madalena Alberto, who portrays Argentina’s iconic First Lady, for a limited run of 55 performances.
Ben said: “It is a huge privilege to take on such a fantastic part and in such a brilliant show.”
Evita will open on September 16 at the Dominion Theatre which has undergone refurbishment.
Ben, whose family still live in Sunderland, won rave reviews as the lead role in a UK arena tour of rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar alongside former Spice Girl Mel C and DJ Chris Moyles, a part he won thanks to wowing judges on the 2012 Superstar show.
The following year he continued in the role when it toured Australia before bringing it back to the UK.
In between these tours, Ben starred as Brad Majors in the reinvented 40th Anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s classic hit The Rocky Horror Show which brought him back to his home theatre, the Sunderland Empire.
Ben moved to London when he was 16 after winning a scholarship to the prestigious Italia Conti Academy. He went on to forge a successful career in the West End, while often finding time to return home to his close-knit family on Wearside.
Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the spiritual leader of the nation.
It features well-known tracks including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.