Ruthie blazes a trail for a starry line-up coming to revamped festival
West End leading lady and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall has been announced as one of the headline attractions at the renamed and refreshed Fowey Festival of Words and Music which takes over the town in May.
The actress and singer, who has starred in all the most popular stage shows over the past 25 years, including Les Miserables, Chicago and Oliver!, will present Ruthie's Intimate Evening, taking the Fowey audience on a musical journey through her career.
The annual arts extravaganza, formerly known as The du Maurier Festival, is set in the Cornish harbour enclave where celebrated writer Daphne du Maurier made her home and found inspiration for some of her most popular books.
"The festival has a long tradition of bringing top quality writers, musicians, comedians and celebrities to Fowey," says festival director Jonathan Aberdeen, who promises that an impressive rollcall of additional big-name acts and personalities will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
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"They really love Fowey and the quirky charm of the Festival and its tented village. There's really is nothing like it in the entire South West and that's what makes it so special."
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra will also be showcasing the jazz big band sound.
Music will make way for laughter in the company of two of Britain's brightest young stand-up comedians, Seann Walsh, described as "this generation's Dylan Moran", and Devon-born rising star Josh Widdicombe, who has played support to big names like Stephen Merchant and Alan Carr.
Duchy Opera will be opening Baron Herzog's Box of Operatic Delights, in which the audience will be treated to all-time greats from operas ranging from Carmen to The Marriage Of Figaro – a show that is an ideal introduction for those who may think opera is not for them.
Among the other event announcements in the pipeline are an audience with prolific Devon writer and War Horse creator Michael Morpurgo, and a live recording of BBC Radio 4's Any Questions with Jonathan Dimbleby.
Originally run by Restormel Council, the festival is now organised by an independent charitable company, supported by a patrons and an army of willing volunteers.
Tickets are now on public sale for the four evening shows mentioned above. Watch this space for more exciting line-up revelations.
Fowey Festival of Words and Music runs from Wednesday to Saturday, May 8 to 18. For ticket release details, prices and booking arrangements, visit www.foweyfestival.com, call 01726 833847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.