Richard’s walk­ing

Star chan­nels his in­ner John Tra­volta for dance role

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BE­FORE tak­ing on his cur­rent tour­ing theatre role, for­mer Ca­su­alty star Richard Win­sor had to learn to walk.

Not just any old one-foot-in­front-of-the-other walk, but the most dif­fi­cult walk ever seen on the film screen.

This is a walk that sym­bol­ises swag­ger, the be­lief that any­thing is pos­si­ble – the side­walk walk of John Tra­volta in Satur­day Night Fever.

Now, Richard is set to bring his walk, and in­deed his dance moves to Glas­gow when he plays the part of Tony Manero in Satur­day Night Fever, the stage mu­si­cal.

But how can an ac­tor from Not­ting­hamshire de­velop a Brook­lyn brio?

How can hope to con­vince a King’s theatre au­di­ence he is a disco de­ity?

It turns out Richard in fact trained at the Cen­tral School of Bal­let and has starred in sev­eral Matthew Bourne pro­duc­tions.

And as for pro­duc­ing a lit­tle of the cock­i­ness Tra­volta re­vealed 40 years ago?

The ac­tor and dancer grins as he ad­mits he has used his spe­cial pow­ers sev­eral times in the past.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing at wed­dings where I did get a lit­tle cir­cle around me,” he re­calls. “This hap­pened in the clubs a few times as well.

“And I have to ad­mit it was lovely to get the at­ten­tion.”

Richard, who also played the lead in 2010 movie Street­dance, where bal­let met club dance, says it’s fan­tas­tic to be able to re­veal a clas­si­cal styles in a mod­ern con­text.

“Yes, it’s great to sur­prise peo­ple.”

Fe­male peo­ple, Richard? Were you cat­nip to the ladies who sur­rounded the dance floor?

“I’m not sure about cat­nip,” he says, smil­ing.

What the role re­quires, he ac­knowl­edges, is an ef­fort­less charm.

Did he reach into his own char­ac­ter for the con­fi­dence?

“I’ve got an el­e­ment of it,” he says, grin­ning. “I’m an ac­tor. But for me it was about find­ing the rhythm and flow of the piece it­self.

“Yet, I never imag­ined I’d be step­ping into Tra­volta’s shoes. I love the chal­lenge how­ever and I’ve al­ways had a huge re­spect for him.”

He adds; “John Tra­volta’s per­for­mance in the film Satur­day Night Fever was what got me danc­ing as a kid. The disco scenes, his solo, his very mas­cu­line en­ergy, in­spired me.”

Satur­day Night Fever was a world­wide suc­cess story, the tale of the sul­try New Yorker who finds re­demp­tion in dance, where he meets a woman ca­pa­ble of cop­ing with his ar­ro­gance.

The film was so dark it had to be edited be­fore be­ing given a 12 cer­tifi­cate in the UK.

“Tony, we learn, goes on this jour­ney. And even though he has the charisma and charm, he’s not re­ally a nice per­son to those around him.”

“He sort of gets away with it

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