Sheffield actor Roger Bingham comedy premiere

Roger Bingham in the title role in Albert by  Janice Sampson , presented by Front Door Theatre at the Lantern Theatre, June 13-18
Roger Bingham in the title role in Albert by Janice Sampson , presented by Front Door Theatre at the Lantern Theatre, June 13-18

SHEFFIELD actor Roger Bingham takes the title role in Albert, a comedy being premiered by Front Door Theatre at the Lantern Theatre this week.

It is written by Janice Sampson who set up Front Door with fellow actors who met while performing in community theatre at the Crucible and had their first production at the Lantern last year.

“When I was in Enemy of the People at the Crucible Janice was playing one of the citizens,” explains Bingham. “She has since set up the group and written a few plays and emailed me to say would I be interested in doing Albert? I have to admit I wasn’t that enthusiastic having done eight plays in the last two years and was looking to do more TV and film.

“Albert is a man in his sixties, which I am, and he has been a widower for 10 years and never gone anywhere. He decides to sell the family silver to pay for a trip to see his brother in America. It begins with me recording a video for the family in case the plane crashes and I don’t come back.

“So it starts with a soliloquy as I make the recording in which I confess certain things I have done wrong in the past.”

Soon there is a coffin on stage as Albert’s severed arm turns up and the family assume he is dead. So then they start listening to the recording he has left behind and are in for some surprises.

“I get sent quite a few scripts and you think, oh well this is OK. But this wasn’t like that,” says Bingham. “We are doing it as a try-out with three performances at the Lantern and then there’s the possibility of a tour in the autumn.”

Albert is at the Lantern Theatre from tonight, Thursday, June 14, to Saturday, 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.