"Behind The Iron Mask" with Sheila Ferguson


"Behind The Iron Mask" with Sheila Ferguson

A new musical Behind The Iron Mask, starring Sheila Ferguson and Robert Fardell will open at the Duchess Theatre 2 Aug 2005, following previews from 20 July 2005.

Music, lyrics and original idea are by John Robinson with book by Colin Scott and Melinda Walker. It is directed by Tony Craven, designed by Nicolai Hart Hansen, lighting by Tim Mascall, sound by Mark Dunne & The Orchestrator and Musical Director is Alasdair MacNeill. It is produced by GBM Productions Ltd.

In 1669 in bizarre and mysterious circumstances, an unknown man was secretly masked and imprisoned for life by Louis XIV of France. He died in 1703, having been in four different jails, but in the custody of Monsieur St Mars the same jailer. The Prisoner was allowed the best of everything and given anything he desired other than human companionship; but he was not allowed to discuss his identity or the reason for his imprisonment. St Mars was sworn to secrecy in fear of death. Due to the indiscretion of the Jailer, a Gypsy becomes entrapped in the relationship between the two men.

Sheila Ferguson (The Gypsy) was the lead singer of The Three Degrees. She took part in TV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ last November. Her West End stage credits include: "Always" (1997) & Soul Train (1999) both at the Victoria Palace Theatre & Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2003.

Robert Fardell (The Prisoner) played Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miserables’ at the Palace Theatre. His film credits include ‘Lord of The Rings’, ‘The Mummy Returns’, Star Wars ‘The Phantom Menace’, ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’. Other stage roles have been in ‘Evita’ and ‘Heathcliff’ with Cliff Richard.

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