Ruthie Henshall in Marguerite

Ruthie Henshall

Ruthie Henshall the four times Olivier Award nominated singer, dancer and actress appeared on the BBC Breakfast couch this morning to promote the world premier of Marguerite.

Ruthie earned her first professional credit in the Cascade Review at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, aged 19, before stamping her mark on London’s West End in the late 80’s and early 90’s for her role in Cats, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables as Fantine.

Her first starring role came in the 1993 London production of the Broadway smash Crazy For You at the Prince Edward Theatre which earned her the first of her four Olivier Award nominations. In 1994 her starring role in She Loves Me won her the Olivier award for best actress in a musical. She has since starred in a string of London’s top shows including reviving her role as Fantine in the 10th anniversary performance of Les Mis, Oliver and Chicago.

Ruthie now takes the title role in Marguerite, a collaboration between Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre) and the Oscar award-winning musical legend Michel Legrand and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer (Les Misérables). Marguerite is mistress to a high ranking German officer who falls in love with a piano player half her age. Their dangerous love affair is set out against the background of Occupied Paris.

Marguerite

Marguerite takes inspiration from La Dame aux Camélias, a book by Alexandre Dumas, one of the most widely read French authors in the world. The lead character Marguerite Gautier is based on Marie Duplessis, the real life lover of author Dumas.



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