Royal Shakespeare Company actor Nick Holder, who will be visiting The Regent Theatre between 16-20 April with the RSC’s The Winter’s Tale, is looking for local cycling enthusiasts to help him train for a charity cycle ride.
Nick, who plays the Young Shepherd in RSC’s touring production, is preparing for The London Revolution - a gruelling two day 180 mile cycle taking place in London on 18 and 19 May. During his time in Stoke-on-Trent, and when he is not on stage, Nick needs to cycle between two and four hours a day to ensure he is in tip-top condition for the big ride.
Cycling in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Nick has worked extensively with the RSC, the National Theatre, and has appeared in TV shows such Holby City, EastEnders, and films including Anna Karenina and Evita.
Nick Holder said: “I’m a massive cycling fan. I follow all the big races, like the Tour de France. Last year, in an attempt to get healthier I thought I’d actually start riding myself, so I bought an Italian racing bike, and entered myself in to The London Revolution ride. I have to ride 100 miles on the first day on a route that takes in some iconic London landmarks, and then a further 80 miles on the second day, when I’ll get to cycle around Box Hill, one of the OIympic road race locations.
“I actually entered the ride before I knew I’d be touring round the country with The Winter’s Tale, but I’m not one to shirk a challenge, so I’m looking forward to performing at night, and then fulfilling my training schedule during the day. What I’m looking for in each of the six towns and cities the show is visiting are local cycling enthusiasts who would be happy to get in touch with me in advance to advise me on good cycling routes, and maybe cycle with me whilst I’m in the area.”
The Winter’s Tale runs at The Regent Theatre between Tuesday 16 and Saturday 20 April. Tickets can be purchased at The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting their website.