BEST known as troubled Steven Beale in Eastenders, Aaron Sidwell is no stranger to the stage and screen.
Now he is set to show his more lovable side as Jack in Carnaby Street, which is showing at Stoke’s Regent Theatre at 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday.
Set against the backdrop of London’s West End in the sixties, its iconic clubs, fashion and characters, Carnaby Street is the real musical story of a generation and follows Jack as he struggles as a band manager.
Sidwell said: “My character is a bit of a Jack the lad. He is a bit of a gopher in Carnaby Street and is in everyone’s pocket.
“Jack is absolutely determined to manage a band to success and when he sees a guy busking, he takes him to meet the band and he is the missing piece.
“He does get out of his depth at times trying to make the band more successful than he can deal with.
“The show is very funny and Jack goes from mishap to mishap.
“I have had to find a lot of the character on my own and we have been discovering things a long the way. I have enjoyed building the character up a lot.”
This is only the second time the show has been on tour and Sidwell was also in the first production in which he spent three months touring.
He said: “It has been really tiring but really good as well. It has been going down a storm.
“I am in Torquay at the moment and it has come alive here. I am now looking forward to bringing it to Stoke.
“Working with all the cast has been great and my girlfriend is in the show as well.
“It really is a super talented cast on the show.”
Sidwell’s acting career began when he was only 18 and has since seen him take on a host of television and theatre roles.
Although Eastenders made him a household name, Sidwell has also appeared in Loserville - The Musical, The Prodigals, Aladdin and Children of Eden.
He said: “Loserville was my favourite as it is a stunning show and an amazing character to create.
“Working on TV and stage are completely different. When you are on the stage it is live so you have to do so much more preparation.
“It is quite a fast show so you have to make sure you are vocally ready, not just for the singing part but the talking as well.
“If you do something wrong on TV it is fine, you just do another take. It is a much more relaxed working environment.
“The theatre is a lot more manic.”
After completing the Carnaby Street tour, Sidwell will be appearing in pantomime as Aladdin at Christmas.
He added: “In the new year we will see. It is very relaxed at the moment.”
Tickets for Carnaby Street at the Regent Theatre cost from £12.90 and are available at www.atgtickets.com/shows/carnaby-street/regent-theatre