South Shields dancer fulfills her dream with role in West End show

Kate Gray next to the show's promo poster.
Kate Gray next to the show's promo poster.

A talented South Tyneside dancer has achieved her childhood dreams by landing a part in a top West End show,

Kate Gray will be appearing on stage in the capital’s production of the Roald Dahl classic Matilda.

We’re all so proud of Kate.

Angela Kenrick, Kate’s mum

The 21-year-old from Centenary Avenue, in South Shields, is currently the first understudy for the character of Lavender – book-loving Matilda’s best friend – and is in the ensemble for six other parts in the show.

Her mum Angela Kenrick said: “We’re all so proud of Kate, it’s what she’s always want to do since she was little and now she’s got the part in such a popular show. We all couldn’t be happier, she’s worked so hard for this.”

Kate, a former Harton Technology College pupil, started dancing at the age of eight and performed with the Suzanne Stuart School and clocked up a number of awards.

When she was 16 she was awarded a three-year scholarship worth £36,000 with the Cambridge Performing Arts College.

She then went on to tour Europe and the Middle East as Tico in Dora the Explorer between 2013.14.

In 2014, Kate had the chance to work behind the scenes when she was assistant choreographer for Kiss Me Kate, which was performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse in London.

And last Christmas she appeared in Nantwich’s pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Ms Kenrick is now making plans to see her daughter in action on stage at Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.

Ms Kenrick said: “Kate is currently in rehearsals now and the new cast release date is scheduled for September 15.

“Then I am planning, hopefully to go down for opening night .”