Review: An Intimate Evening with Ruthie Henshall, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, July 27

Ruthie Henshall

Ruthie Henshall - Credit: Archant

Opening with a terrific bluesy version of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, the Suffolk singer entertained the packed theatre with ease.

It was an extraordinary journey through the West End and Broadway star’s career, packed full of fantastic songs that have defined her life on and off the stage.

As you’d expect from somebody of her stature, each was sung flawlessly with great backing from her three-man band.

Henshall is a magnetic performer, she has an everywoman appeal; effortlessly engaging with her audience.

We were roaring with laughter as she shared stories about the legendary Lionel Bart’s cheese roll cravings, dodgy wigs, playing doomed characters, a literally show-stopping brain freeze, Fantine’s marvellous resurrection during a Les Miserables mishap and many more.

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Closing with a rip-roaring version of All That Jazz from Chicago, the evening was over too soon.

I’ll certainly never hear the word Woking again without getting a little hot under the collar either.

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Wayne Savage

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