Tom Felton Gets Advice from Daniel Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis for West End Debut

So far, it’s been a great year for Tom Felton. Aside from the beloved televised reunion with the cast and crew of the Harry Potter movies, Tom appeared in a film called Save the Cinema, in which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s National Film Awards, competing against Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) for his role in Kenneth Branagh’s (Gilderoy Lockhart) Belfast. And that was just the start of the year. Later this month, Tom will be appearing as Guy Fawkes in a new attraction that combines virtual reality and live-action theater, called The Gunpowder Plot. And starting today, Tom is making his West End debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Criterion Theatre in London, England. Recently, Tom, alongside his costar Mandip Gill, appeared on BBC One’s The One Show to promote the play.

Following his introduction, hosts Lauren Laverne and Jermaine Jenas quickly congratulated him on his Best Supporting Actor nod and inquired if he’s the type of person who would prepare his speech in case he wins, to which he pretended to reach into his inside jacket pocket as if to practice his speech with them. Humbled by the nomination, Tom confirmed that “if you do see [him] up there, then [he’ll] probably be winging it.”

Getting down to business, Tom provided a synopsis of his and Gill’s roles in the play.



Seguing from Gill’s belief in ghosts, the hosts asked about how Tom is feeling about his West End debut. Providing some incredibly charming anecdotes about how his mother used to bring him to audition in London, Tom expressed both his apprehension and his excitement. Since Daniel Radcliffe has had a prolific stage career, Jenas asked if Tom received any advice from Daniel. Tom confirmed that he did consult with Daniel and even spoke to Matthew Lewis, another stage veteran, who provided some pragmatic advice.



Of course, one does not simply talk to Tom Felton and ignore the fact that he played the beloved Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. Segueing into the Potter films, Laverne inquired about Tom’s now-infamous audition story in which he tried out for a role without having read any of the Potter books.



As usual, Tom was charming, providing plenty of quips to keep the hosts laughing. Later, he took to Twitter to celebrate his appearance on the show with a cute photo of his dog keeping him company as he watched.



2:22 A Ghost Story is currently playing at the Criterion Theatre. For those theater aficionados in and around London, tickets are available to purchase now.

What sort of advice do you think Daniel gave him? Will you be seeing Tom onstage? Let us know in the comments.


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Adam Poncharoensub

"Hogwarts is my home!" is a phrase that I've uttered more times than any sane person should (and my long-suffering friends can attest to it.) For as long as I can remember, I've always found myself escaping reality into the wizarding world to feel at peace. Instead, I'm more likely wandering the suburbs of South Florida shouting choice "Harry Potter" and Batman quotes at unsuspecting victims.