CHESTERFIELD: Tom Hargreaves on tour in musical 9 to 5

Tom Hargreaves, actor, formerly of Clowne
Tom Hargreaves, actor, formerly of Clowne

Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living, sang superstar Dolly Parton in the classic movie.

Three decades on, the film 9 to 5 has inspired a new musical and given one of its performers, who cut his teeth in north Derbyshire, his first taste of life on the road.

Tom Hargreaves grew up in Clowne and was a member of Inspirations Theatre Company before studying at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts school in London.

Performing as a member of the ensemble of We Will Rock You in Germany launched his career in 2008 and last year he was in The Wizard of Oz in London.

His current role will bring Tom, 27, to Sheffield next week and Nottingham in June.

He said: “It is really fun and great to be in a musical that has never been done before because because you can make it your own.

“I play Dwayne, the husband of Doralee who Dolly Parton played in the film,” he said. “Dwayne has flowing blonde hair so I have to wear a wig and have a Texan drawl. I only have a couple of lines to say - I sing more than I speak. It is not a big part but I am working my way up the ladder.”

Real-life is mirroring art as Tom cosies up to Amy Lennox, who plays Doralee. The pair have been an item for seven months, getting together before the show opened in Manchester in October. Tom said: “We met each other through the job. We spent a lot of time together rehearsing and it just blossomed.”

A punishing schedule sees the performers on the road until August, visiting theatres as far north as Aberdeen and as far south as Brighton every week. Tom said: ”It is exhausting. We are yo-yoing up and down the country. We have every Sunday off but are usually travelling to the next city.

“I am looking forward to coming to Sheffield Lyceum - it is nice to come back to a theatre where I saw shows when I younger and see what it is like backstage.

“My mum (Chrissy Smith) is bringing a coachload from Bolsover Drama Group to see the show atNottingham Theatre Royal.”