Les Miserables star from Lowton rubs shoulders with Russell Crowe and Michael Ball at film premiere

Keith Burns (front) with mum and dad Brian and Veronica and Cineworld Leigh manager Steph Mortimore (right) who provided VIP treatment for them on the opening night of the screening of Les Miserables.

Keith Burns (front) with mum and dad Brian and Veronica and Cineworld Leigh manager Steph Mortimore (right) who provided VIP treatment for them on the opening night of the screening of Les Miserables.

First published in News

FOR nearly 30 years Keith Burns has performed on theatreland's most famous stages.

But back home in Lowton the 50 year-old actor and singer, who played Enjolras, Marius and Montparnasse in the hit musical Les Miserables, has been taking a lesser but no less enjoyable stage role.

"I've enjoyed being involved with Lowton Amateur Dramatic Society with their production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears although I was only pulling the curtain backstage," said high tenor Keith, who is staying with his parents, Brian and Veronica Burns at their home in Canaan.

Before visiting Lowton he was with other Les Miserables cast members at the London premiere of the film version of the show, rubbing shoulders with pal Michael Ball and meeting Russell Crowe.

He has appeared in Cats, Miss Saigon, The Rocky Horror Show and Carmen and Jesus Christ Superstar in addition to appearing in films and television but a great moment he recalls involved no less than movie mogul Steven Spielberg.

"I was Thuy in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane when a knock came on the door and the stage manager said 'there's somebody here who'd like to meet you, he can't believe that the person playing Thuy is a white guy!'

"I couldn't believe it when Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw stepped in!" said Keith, who attended All Saints School, Golborne and St Aelred's, Newton-le-Willows.

Currently enjoying a rest away from the limelight revealed: "I might have to go back on Blood Brothers' national tour for the cash!"

Keith, who has a younger sister, Tracey and an older brother, Brian, took mum and dad Brian, 76, and Veronica , 73, to last Friday's opening night of the film version of Les Miserables on screen at Cineworld, Leigh.

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