ACTOR and musician Tim Clarke plays band leader Mark Minton in The Glenn Miller Story at the London Coliseum, which opens today, Friday.

Tim, 59, comes from Marthall, and also plays the saxophone and clarinet in a big band concert which forms part of the show.

The show stars Tommy Steele as the legendary band leader, and runs until August 18.

“It’s very exciting to be part of the show, and it’s great to be working with a legend such as Tommy Steele,” said Tim.

Tommy Steele was Britain’s first rock ‘n roll star, and the inspiration for his career was American band leader Glenn Miller.

And so, 60 years on, Tommy Steele returns to the London Coliseum to salute his idol in a new musical celebration, which features the authentic sounds of ‘In the Mood’, ‘Moonlight Serenade’, ‘Little Brown Jug’, ‘Pennsylvania 6-5000’, ‘Tuxedo Junction’, ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ and many more.

The life, fame and untimely death of the big band leader whose music defined an era is celebrated in The Glenn Miller Story.

The London Coliseum is the home of the English National Opera.