Game of Thrones star backs Pittsburgh Irish theatre

Shelley Marsden

King Joffrey Baratheon, in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is one nasty piece of work. But the actor that plays him, Jack Gleeson, clearly isn’t.

Gleeson, 21, was in Pittsburgh to help raise funds for the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, spoke at a book singing at Barnes & Noble of using his fame to help a good cause.

He said: “It’s nice for me to be able to use my celebrity in a way that can promote good theater,” Gleeson said. ‘I’m happy to support it.”

The theater’s artistic director Alan Stanford, who was familiar with Gleeson from the Gate Theatre in Dublin, where he cast him as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, told local website Triblive: “Now he plays the young man everyone wants to kill!”

Stanford said Gleeson’s visit helps raise public awareness of world class artistic venues in Pittsburgh.

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