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THE BOY IN THE DRESS: Young St Albans starlet takes to the stage

 Published on: 11th December 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A teenager from St Albans took to the stage and performed in front of Robbie Williams and David Walliams in the opening night of The Boy in the Dress in November.

Asha Banks, 16, is currently sharing the role of Lisa James, a fashion-savvy friend of the main character, Dennis, with two other young actresses.

David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy story of the star striker and fashion lover Dennis comes to the stage for the first time in a musical adapted by former Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) writer-in-residence Mark Ravenhill, with new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

Speaking to St Albans News, Asha said: “The opening night was the most incredible experience. To perform in front of Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and David Walliams was a huge honour, and something I’ll never forget. The songs are amazing, every one of them could be a hit record.

“The show is brilliant, and the kids absolutely love it, but it’s also very popular with grown-ups too as it is so funny but very moving as well.

“And the central message is that it is okay to be different: everyone should be free to be who they are, which I love.”

The Boy in the Dress runs in the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire until March 8, 2020. For tickets, visit

Photo courtesy of Manuel Harlan

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