Frances Ruffelle back on stage

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Frances Ruffelle, who represented the United Kingdom at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, is set to apepar in a new musical show in London.

Schwarz Stories, featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, will star Frances for four weeks from 7th November to 3rd December. Stephen Schwartz is the writer responsible for music from shows such as Godspell, Wicked and Children of Eden, and Frances, who had a strong background in musical theatre well before she was selected to represent the United Kingdom in 1994, will be well at ease with the genre.

From Les Mis to Dublin
Frances made her mark in Cameron Mackintosh's Les misérables, creating the role of Eponine on London's West End and New York's Broadway, and winning a clutch of awards for the portrayal. In 1994, the BBC selected Frances to sing all eight of the Song for Europe entries aimed for the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. This October, she joined fellow Eurovision Song Contest stars Michael Ball (United Kingdom 1992) and Colm Wilkinson (Ireland 1978) in an original cast reunion of the show.

Schwartz Stories is running from 7th November at the Islington Theatre in London, and you can find out more at this link , or by contacting the box office on 020 72261916.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site