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Corrie’s Jim takes a whole new direction

CHARLES Lawson will be a familiar face to many Corrie fans - he’s been playing Jim McDonald on and off for the past 20 years.

CHARLES Lawson will be a familiar face to many Corrie fans - he’s been playing Jim McDonald on and off for the past 20 years.

But away from the bright lights of Weatherfield, he’s appeared on stage many times. The Solihull News caught up with the Irishman to talk about his latest role, in the stage adaptation of Rain Man.

“I’ve known Neil [Morrissey, who is also appearing in the show] for 30 years and he asked me if I fancied going on tour. I’d just spent time in Educating Rita and this seemed very different.”

The play is based on the film of the same name - starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, although Charles admits he’d never seen it.

“I suppose that means I came to it fresh,” he said. “It’s a good show, with some good people involved.”

And as someone who has spent time treading the boards and in front of cameras, does Charles have any preference between film and TV?

“Well theatre is where we all get started. Youngsters these days just want to be famous it seems and have no idea about stagework, which is a great shame.

“They just want to appear on the cover of OK magazine - when Neil and I started it was about learning your craft and practising your stagework.”

But what lies ahead for Charles once he’s finished his run in Rain Man?

“I’ve got quite a few projects coming up - I’m going to be going up to Scotland at Christmas to do a show and I’m also going over to Canada for a movie. And somewhere in between I suppose there should be a trip back to the cobbles...”

Rain Man will be at the Wolverhampton Grand between November 2-7. Tickets are available from the box office on 01902 42 92 12 or www.grandtheatre.co.uk .

 

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