Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Faye Returns to the Marlowe Theatre!

Later today Shrek the Musical UK Tour kicks off it's three week stay in Canterbury.

If you've been following Faye's career and reading the blog you'll know that this will be her third visit to the recently rebuilt Marlowe Theatre.

The old theatre closed in March 2009 for redevelopment and a was replaced with a stunning new state of the art building which holds 1200 people on 3 levels. It was officially opened opened to great celebration by HRH The Earl of Wessex in October 2011.

The estimated cost of the build was £25.6 million and it included a landscaped riverside walk which connects the Marlowe directly to the banks of the River Stour.

It's a truly spectacular venue in a very beautiful and historic City.

Faye first arrived at the Marlowe Theatre in June 2012 during her first tour of the UK playing Elle Woods in what is probably my all time favourite musical, Legally Blonde.

Although I saw that incredible show 14 times at various venues, it was actually 6 month's later in December 2012 that I made my first trip to Canterbury, to see her play Princess Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty pantomime.

Her main reason for taking the role might well have been the opportunity to once again share a stage and spend the festive season alongside her new boyfriend Gareth Gates, but it really was a fantastic show. In fact I enjoyed it so much I overcame blizzard conditions to go back and see it for a second time in January.

This is Kent
Gareth's soulful pop voice is complemented by the polished musical voice of Faye Brookes who stars as Beauty. She has the youthful looks and mellifluous tones of a young princess.

Public Reviews
Faye Brookes is every inch the leading lady in the title role as she returns to Canterbury fresh from her recent success in the Legally Blonde tour.

I actually had to phone the theatre last week and I spoke to a very helpful employee who remembered Faye from her previous visits. He was very much looking forward to welcoming her back to the Marlowe and seeing her play Princess Fiona in Shrek.

Although it's nearly 200 miles from my home in Bristol, the Marlowe is one of my favourite theatres and I'll be heading up the M4, M25, M20 & M2 to see the show on Friday; hoping to catch up with Faye for a brief chat after the show.

Shrek The Musical is at The Marlowe Theatre from 11th Feb to 1st Mar *BOOK NOW*

Faye no doubt has many happy memories from her previous visits to Canterbury and I hope her current stay is every bit as enjoyable.

No comments:

Post a Comment