Interview: Michael Pread, High Society
80s heartthrob Michael Pread talks to Mark Rees about performing in his favourite venue, the Wales Millennium Centre. For more great celebrity interviews check out the latest issue of Swansea Life, out now.
"When I was younger, I remember the terrestrial TV premier on colour TV. This spellbinding novelty - colour TV!
"My mother kept telling me, 'this is a really good film', invited her friends around, and they all got dressed up for it."
Little did Michael know at the time that, many years later, he would have a starring role in the very same show in a UK tour that will stopping at the Wales Millennium Centre this March.
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"It's the best theatre in the country" says Michael of the venue where he will be starring as Dexter Haven, the role originally made famous by Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story.
"It's beautiful to look at from the outside, and backstage it's so well thought out. It's like they asked people, "what would be on your wish list for a perfect theatre?", and then made it."
A cross between the play by Philip Barry and the more famous musical starring Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, the adaptation aims to capture the gripping storyline of the original, while retaining the timeless genius of Cole Porter's music.
"Invariably, when you shoehorn songs into an established play, you have to lose some of the story. But our director felt she wanted to keep it faithful," Michael explains.
And Michael, who originally found fame in the 80s on TV shows such as Robin of Sherwood and Dynasty, is loving his time on stage.
"I don't mind talking about my past. I'm very proud of Robin of Sherwood. They gave me a clapperboard as a memento, and I've still got the boots as well... I must have nicked them!
"But there is no denying that there is something special when you have to tell a story right now on stage. Occasionally, it can be magical."
High Society will be at Wales Millennium Centre from Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 March, 19.30