Get Carter: Hebburn star Victoria comes home for stage version of gangster classic

Actors Kevin Wathen who plays Jack and Victoria Elliott who plays Margaret/Glenda in Northern Stage's adaptation of Get Carter.
Actors Kevin Wathen who plays Jack and Victoria Elliott who plays Margaret/Glenda in Northern Stage's adaptation of Get Carter.

Hebburn star Victoria Elliott is returning to the North East for a stage adaptation of a famous film.

The actress, who played Denise in the BBC Two sitcom, penned by Hebburn comic Jason Cook, is set to star as Margaret and Glenda in Get Carter.

Victoria Elliott, front row second from right, in Hebburn alongside writer Jason Cook and South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey.

Victoria Elliott, front row second from right, in Hebburn alongside writer Jason Cook and South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey.

The gritty story of Newcastle’s underworld gang culture will run at the city’s Northern Stage from February 12 to March 5, before going on a national tour.

The story has been adapted by Torben Betts from Ted Lewis’s novel Jack’s Return Home and was made famous by the 1971 film starring Michael Caine.

It follows London gangster Jack Carter, who travels back to his hometown to discover more about his brother Frank’s supposedly-accidental death.

Victoria said: “I’m really excited.

The writer Torben has done a really incredible job of it and he continues to as it changes in rehearsals. Everyone should come and see it.

Victoria Elliott

“It’s very iconic and this is a brilliant adaptation.

“The writer Torben has done a really incredible job of it and he continues to as it changes in rehearsals. Everyone should come and see it.

“I had seen the film before but it had been years, so I watched it again just before the first workshop.

“What really struck me was how two-dimensional the women are – they’re portrayed as sex objects.

“It was in the 60s, which was a misogynistic era, but we’ve all got a nana or a great aunt and know that women in the 60s were just as outspoken and wonderful as they are today.

“But the writer and the director, Lorne Campbell, have worked really hard to update the women in the play, not making them more modern exactly, but updating the portrayal, so the characters are more complex and diverse and much more interesting and satisfying to play.”

Victoria has appeared at Northern Stage before in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

She said: “I’m excited to be back and to be back in the North East. I’ve been hooking up with Jason Cook too and we’re hoping to do something together again.”

Tickets cost from £12. To book, go to www.northernstage.co.uk or call 0191 230 5151.