Actor to sacrifice his locks for charity on last night of show

Jack Massey performing in David Copperfield
Jack Massey performing in David Copperfield

A charity champion who has signed up to the Brave the Shave campaign is holding on to his hair for the sake of his art.

Jack Massey is among thousands of people across the country who has pledged their support for the fundraiser.

But he won’t be feeling the effects of the razor until August 15 because he needs to play a hirsute fisherman in David Copperfield.

Charles Dickens described the character of Daniel Peggoty as a generous and truly good man. Daniel not only adopts his orphaned niece (Emily) and nephew (Ham) but supports MrsGummidge the widow of his business partner and one of Dickens’ most memorable comic characters.

So on August 15, in tribute to Daniel and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Jack, of Holymoorside, Chesterfield, will be having his head shaved by Rebecca Hainsworth, who plays Clara Copperfield.

Rebecca, who lives in Grindleford, is cast in the role of David Copperfield’s mum in the production by Denys Edwards Players at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield, next week.

The cast includes Sue McCormick from New Whittington, Chesterfield, playing Betsey Trotwood, the great-aunt of David Copperfield.

Thomas Ferris, 12, from Gleadless, plays the young David Copperfield.

The show opens on Tuesday, August 11, and runs until Saturday, August 15. Performances are at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.

Tickets cost £13 with concessions £11 for Tuesday and Wednesday performances only, from Sheffield Theatres box office, call 0114 249 6000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk