INTERVIEW: In conversation with Antony Costa, who says he ‘can’t wait’ to perform in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 14:01 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 10 April 2017

A Judgement In Stone

A Judgement In Stone

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Antony Costa may be best known for being a member of one of the most successful boybands of the noughties – but tonight (Monday) he is turning his hand to acting, performing in A Judgement In Stone at The Playhouse.

The high street venue is welcoming producer Bill Kenwright’s latest production which stars the former teenage heartthrob, who made his name in Blue, alongside former Coronation Street baddie Andrew Lancel.

Lancel played Frank Foster in the popular television soap and has returned to the spotlight for another dramatic show.

This psychological thriller, by Ruth Rendell, follows the story of Eunice, who struggles to fit in socially.

She joins an exceptionally wealthy family as their housekeeper and the very reason for her awkward personality unravels in a tale of cold-blooded murder which happened on Valentine’s Day.

The shocking revelations which are continually revealed showcase a lifetime of deceit, despair and not to mention intense cover-ups.

In an exclusive interview with the Mercury Costa said he loves being in this part of the country and is excited to get underway ahead of the cast’s week-long stay at the West Country venue.

He said: “I love it here in Weston, I have some friends who live close to here so I am able to stay with them. I really hope it stays sunny as it just lovely when the sun is shining. But I can see some clouds creeping in now I am here.

“I have been here before with shows so I know Weston as much as the next person, but I am really happy to be here.”

A Judgement in Stone will be bringing a touch of murder to The Playhouse.A Judgement in Stone will be bringing a touch of murder to The Playhouse.

This is Costa’s first taste of straight acting, with his previous stints in Blood Brothers and Boogie Nights both calling on his undeniable singing talent to add to his performance.

But he said it is a challenge he is relishing and while it can be hard to stave off the boyband image, he is just happy to be doing what he loves.

Costa told the Mercury: “It has been great so far and I am learning a lot from the other actors. I actually love it. It is a development in my career and I am just delighted to be a part of it.

“It was a natural progression for me and if people like it then great, and if they don’t well that is OK too.

“I jumped at the chance to be a part of this show and touch wood so far it has been a really positive response. It is a really great ensemble show so I am very chuffed with how it is going.

“I just want to be working and I am doing what I want to be doing. It is sometimes difficult for singers to get into acting but there are a number of success stories. Look at Kym Marsh and Shayne Ward, you forget they were on the X Factor and in a band but they are both doing so well on Coronation Street.”

The 35-year-old is halfway through the show’s tour, with another four months still ahead of him.

He said: “I will have been with this great company for eight months and that to me, is pretty great.”

A Judgement In Stone will be at The Playhouse, in High Street, from tonight (Monday) until April 15 with performances at 7.30pm each night and 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

Tickets, priced £26.50-29.50, are available by calling 01934 645544, or online via www.theplayhouse.co.uk


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