A MUSICAL theatre performer from High Wycombe has been named as a contestant in the upcoming series of the MAMMA MIA: I Have A Dream. 

Marcellus, 36, will compete against six other contestants on ITV1 and ITVX which starts on Sunday, October 22 at 6pm.

The show is set in Greece where 14 of the nation's most talented musical theatre hopefuls will compete to play the lead roles of Sophie and Sky in the West End production of MAMMA MIA!.

Hosted by radio DJ Zoe Ball, each week the constants will be put through their paces by four judges, Alan Carr, Jessie Ware, Samantha Barks and Amber Riley.

Creator and global producer of MAMMA MIA!, Judy Craymer, will be on hand to offer her expertise to the judges, who'll be tasked with making tough decisions, in their search to find the next West End superstars.

Each week contestants will be whittled down, culminating in a dazzling live grand finale in London’s West End where two winners will take it all.

Bucks Free Press: Marcellus

Marcellus from High Wycombe is one of the contestants starring in the show.

He said: "Appearing on the show for me feels like a career highlight. It feels like such an achievement and I’m so excited to show that to the world.

"I made a decision in 2016-17 to never work unless it was performing. I said that if I love it that much, if I want it to work then I’m going to go in. I’ve been performing ever since, sometimes on, sometimes off, but I keep going.

"I’ve had a strong career so far being in musical theatre and plays in so many diverse roles and great shows.

"The journey has been amazing for me but I’ve never quite reached the peak of where I want to be yet.

"That for me would be playing a leading role on stage, on screen, both.

"I’m so grateful for where I am but I feel like this could be a big break for me."

When asked what his favourite ABBA song was, he responded ‘Voulez-Vous’.

"It is the baddest and the best, it’s electrifying, it’s soul, it’s everything," he said.

Marcellus is hoping to play the role of Sky as it would be a great achievement to get a leading role.

He said: "It would be a great achievement for me but more importantly, I want to inspire others to never give up on their dreams."