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GO:THEATRE:MILKY BAR KID HAS PIRATES IN HIS SIGHTS.

Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

YO, HO HO, me hearties. Hollywood movie star Johnny Depp isn't the only swashbuckling pirate on the high seas.

The skull and crossbones will soon be flying over landlocked Coventry as classic adventure yarn Treasure Island comes to the city stage.

The Belgrade Theatre is offering buccaneers and buried treasure in their Easter holiday family show and Midlands actor Antony Eden is preparing to splice the mainbrace and weigh the anchor playing young hero Jim Hawkins.

"It's great fun," he says taking a break from rehearsing an energetic swordfight. "It's very lively and fast moving. The action never stops. It's just a great story."

Worcester-born Antony started appearing in school productions when he was about five and was travelling over the country as the Milky Bar Kid when he was nine.

"I saw an advert for auditions in my mum's paper and persuaded my parents to take me along," he remembers with a smile. "I think more than 2,000 applied and I was a bit shocked when I was successful. I was the Milky Bar Kid for about three years."

Antony had to dye his brown hair blond for the part and wear glasses and says he was very popular among his friends because he always had boxes of chocolate bars around.

"I couldn't face Milky Bars for about a year afterwards," he confesses with a grin.

The 25-year-old nephew of Tears for Fears singer Roland Orzabal went on to study English and drama at university before going to drama school.

He has appeared on television in Kevin's Cousins and The Bill and in the West End in the musical hit Les Miserables.

Now based in London, he recently went to Spain with a production of Macbeth and is looking forward to making his Coventry debut in Treasure Island.

"My parents are very supportive and come and see everything I do," says Antony. "They'll be coming to see Treasure Island and it's going to be a great production. Pirates are all the rage at the moment with movies like Pirates of the Caribbean.

And his plans for the future? "I want to be a pirate one day and not a humble cabin boy," he laughs. Treasure Island runs at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, from March 30. Tickets from 024 7655 3055.

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D18303; SWASHBUCKLER: Antony Eden as Jim Hawkins and (top right) in his days as the Milky Bar Kid
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Date:Mar 12, 2004
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