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Ruthie Henshall
Following her training at Laine Theatre Arts, Ruthie Henshall joined the UK tour of A Chorus Line, playing Maggie. After making her West End debut in Cats, she joined the cast of Miss Saigon as Ellen. In 1991 she created the role of Aphra in Children of Eden. She then took over as Fantine in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre.

Her appearance in Crazy For You (nominated for an Olivier Award) at the Prince Edward Theatre established her as one of the most popular stars in the West End. Later roles included Nancy in Oliver! (London Palladium), She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre; her first Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), and Roxie in Chicago (voted the ‘Most Popular Musical Actress of the past 25 years’ by Theatregoers).

Appearances in New York included Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and the plays The Vagina Monologues and The Other Woman.

After three years in New York, she returned to London to star in Peggy Sue Got Married and from 2014-2016 Ruthie played the role of Mrs Wilkinson in the West End production of Billy Elliot. She created the title role in Marguerite, and was Elvira in Blithe Spirit.

In concert she has toured the UK, USA and Australia. Recordings include ‘The Ruthie Henshall Album’. Her book So You Want To Be In Musicals was published in 2012; in 2013 she toured the UK with her show ‘An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall’.

The Orchestra was delighted to return to many summer music festivals in 2018, appearing at Hampton Court Palace, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Kenwood House and Rochester Castle, to name a few.  Other high profile projects included two performances at Wembley Arena of a Game of Thrones programme to capacity crowds, a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the tercentenary of the Freemasons movement, and a sold-out performance also at the Royal Albert Hall with 2Cellos.

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