Benjamin Purkiss takes the stage in London’s Zorro The Musical on April 2

Previews begin at the Charing Cross Theater for the return of the newly revamped production.

Newly reinvented Zorro the musical begins previews on April 2 at the Charing Cross Theater in London with the return of Benjamin Purkiss as Diego and Zorro. Production begins April 12.

Set in 1805 California, the musical follows the return of masked folk hero Zorro from Spain to battle his country’s autocratic ruler. The immersive production features songs from Gipsy Kings, including “Bamboleo”, “Baila Me” and “Djobi Djoba”, as well as flamenco dancing and Cante jondo singing.

The cast of Zorro the musical. Top row: Pete Ashmore, Ajjaz Awad, Amy Bastani, Isobel Bates, Ben Boskovic and Matthew Bugg. Middle row: Paige Fenlon, Alex Gibson-Giorgio, Matthew Heywood, Maxwell Griffin, Jessica Lim and Phoebe Panaretos. Bottom row: Jessica Pardoe, Marc Pickering, Benjamin Purkiss, Stylianos Thomadakis and Hannah Woodward.

The cast also includes Alex Gibson-Giorgio as Ramon, Paige Fenlon as Luisa, Pete Ashmore as Don Alejandro, Phoebe Panaretos as Inez, and Marc Pickering as Garcia. Returning to the company, Amy Bastani, Isobel Bates, Ben Boskovic, Matthew Heywood, Jessica Pardoe and Stylianos Thomadakis are joined by new ensemble members Ajjaz Awad, Matthew Bugg, Jessica Lim, Hannah Woodward and Maxwell Griffin.

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Zorro includes book by Helen Edmundson and Stephen Clark, music by Gipsy Kings, original music by John Cameron, lyrics by Stephen Clark and orchestrations by Nick Barstow. Christian Durham directs alongside a creative team consisting of choreographer Cressida Carré, music director Barstow, set and costume designer Rosa Maggiora, sound designer Andrew Johnson, lighting designer Matthew Haskins and fight director Renny Krupinski. Jane Deitch is casting director and Chris Matanlé is general manager.

The production is presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and John Gertz in association with Zorro USA, LLC with Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane and Linda Bernardi. The previously announced return engagement follows a 2020 run at the Hope Mill Theater in Manchester which was cut short.

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