Sword fighting and more in Flamenco fiesta coming to Potters Bar

Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]

Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]

Alastair Woodgate

A swashbuckling spectacle of foot-stomping, skirt-twirling and sword fighting is coming to the stage in Potters Bar.

Green Room Productions brings the musical Zorro to the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters BarGreen Room Productions brings the musical Zorro to the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar

The thrills and excitement of the legendary masked hero Zorro have kept readers, film-goers and audiences enthralled for almost 100 years.

That exhilaration will be brought to life on stage at the Wyllyotts Theatre next month in a lavish production set to the pulsating and passionate Flamenco beats of the world-famous Gipsy Kings.

More than 40 movies and countless TV series have been based on Johnston McCulley’s pulp fiction hero Zorro since his first appearance in 1919.

Now the stage musical is making its way to Potters Bar as acclaimed local theatre company Green Room Productions brings Zorro: The Musical to the Wyllyotts Theatre from Tuesday, November 7 to Saturday, November 11.

Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]

“This is a show that will appeal to so many people for so many different reasons,” said Green Room Productions chairman Alastair Woodgate.

“If you like the music of The Gipsy Kings, if you’re a fan of superheroes, if you love Flamenco, if you’re intrigued by illusions and if you enjoy a bout of swashbuckling swordplay, then you’ll love Zorro.”

Rehearsals are well under way for the production.

In addition to mastering the passionate and evocative music of The Gipsy Kings, the company is learning Flamenco dancing, illusions and sword fighting.

Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]

The sword fighting skills are being taught by Roger Bartlett of Fights4Stage.

Roger is an Equity registered fight director and has worked on shows for the National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse, and the Theatre Royal Bath.

He is also resident fight director for the Abbey Theatre in St Albans.

Roger said: “The cast of Green Room’s Zorro have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the swordplay and fight sequences.

Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]Members of Green Room Productions in rehearsals for swashbuckling musical Zorro at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar [Picture: Alastair Woodgate]

“Their enthusiasm is infectious and together we’re creating some visually exciting scenes.”

Alastair added: “When I saw the West End production a few years ago I knew it was a show that Green Room should bring to the Wyllyotts stage.

“It’s insanely enjoyable and a refreshingly different show that will set feet tapping and blood racing round the theatre.

“It has great heart yet the joy of this musical is that it never takes itself too seriously.”

Performances are nightly at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

• For tickets, call the box office on 07531 122206 or email tickets@greenroomproductions.co.uk

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