Marc Pickering stars as Garcia in Zorro The Musical which opens at Charing Cross Theatre on Tuesday 12 April, with previews from 2 April, and runs until 28 May.
Set in the sizzling heat of 1805’s California, a pueblo is under attack from its autocratic leader. When the danger is at its greatest, a masked crusader appears from nowhere and saves lives. Who is he? Will he be their champion?
The famous red-hot tale of the masked hero, El Zorro, fighting for justice and freedom is told in an immersive, thrilling and headily sensual new production. With zealous, ‘get-on-your-feet’ music, featuring international hits by Gipsy Kings including Bamboleo, Baila Me and Djobi Djoba, alongside original music to express a fresh new tale of love, hope and courage.
You’re starring in Zorro The Musical at Charing Cross theatre, what can you tell us about the show?
Well, it’s an immersive, actor musical theatre version of the classic legend of Zorro. With fights and dancing and all things gypsy!
What was it about the musical that made you so keen to be a part of it?
I’m very excited to be involved and be amongst it and jam to the Gipsy Kings music and share our story with an audience
Tell us a little more about your character, Garcia?
He is the Sgt of the Army and personal dogsbody of Ramon de la Vega who has become the new Alcade of Los Angeles. Ramon runs the pueblo with an iron fist, much to Garcia’s disapproval. Garcia is for the people and wants everyone to be happy, he has a good heart but isn’t strong enough to stand up to Ramon. He falls in Love with Inez, who tries to give Garcia the courage he needs. He’s really fun to play, a bit of a puppy who gets his chance of redemption
How does this role differ to roles you’ve played in the past?
I haven’t really had to do a straight Spanish accent before so this was a bit of a challenge for me, but I generally play these comedic roles in theatre.
The show features music by the Gipsy Kings, how would you describe the music in the show?
Full of passion, its energetic, vibrant, guitar led and an eclectic mix of Spanish and English brought together with Rumba rhythms. It’s so good to dance to.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see Zorro The Musical?
If you are a fan of the old Zorro tale then you will love this show, the fact its immersive and led by a group of actor musicians makes this production one of a kind!