ROSEMARY ASHE Joins Cast of The Union Theatre's 'DAMES AT SEA'

ROSEMARY ASHE Joins Cast of 
The Union Theatre's 'DAMES AT SEA'

Rosemary's wealth of theatre roles include "Carlotta" in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, "Felicia Gabriel" in The Witches of Eastwick  at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, "Miss Andrew" in the original London production of Mary Poppins  opposite Laura Michelle Kelly, "Madame Thenardier" in Les Misérables , Yum Yum in The Metropolitan Mikado, Widow Corney in Oliver!  at the London Palladium, "The Beggar Woman" in a concert version of Sweeney Todd  alongside Bryn Terfel and Philip Quast  at London's Royal Festival Hall
Ashe earned an Olivier Award nomination for her role in "The Witches of Eastwick"

The Union Theatre Presents
In association with Jameson House Productions
By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

A musical pastiche of the golden age of Hollywood 
By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

Book & Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise

Director Kirk Jameson,   
Choreographer Drew McOnie,
 Musical Director Richard Bates
Designer Kinsley Hall
Lighting Designer Steve Miller
Produced by Sasha Regan for The Union Theatre

Ian Mowat as The Captain
Rosemary Ashe as Mona Kent
Gemma Sutton as Ruby
Claire Marlowe as Joan
Daniel Bartlett as Dick
Alan Hunter as Lucky
Anthony Wise as Hennessey

Sasi Strallen, Meg Gallagher , Natalie Kent, Joshua Tonks, Matt Gillett, Jonny Godbold
In the early 1930’s a Broadway musical is in rehearsal. It is a lavish spectacle, the vision of eccentric director/choreographer/producer Hennessey to keep spirits high in amongst the depression –suffering New Yorkers. Mona Kent is the star of the show, a temperamental diva whose tears and tantrums are the stuff of legend. Joan is the wisecracking chorus girl who, during the course of rehearsals re-kindles her romance with former boyfriend Lucky, a sailor. Fresh from Utah arrives Ruby, a bright but naïve dancer with talent and ambition. She falls for Dick, another sailor and aspiring songwriter after they discover a shared history back in Utah.

There’s good news for Ruby when she is given a part in the chorus but bad news soon follows as the company learns of the planned demolition of the theatre. In a desperate attempt to keep the show alive Dick and Lucky persuade the Captain of their ship to allow the show to be stage there.

Mona recognises the Captain as a former boyfriend but is soon found by Ruby kissing Dick. Ruby is upset but is reassured by Dick of the misunderstanding. The show is almost ready, the ship has been turned into a makeshift theatre and then… Mona gets seasick. After she is unable to perform all turn to Ruby who, at the last minutes, in true Hollywood style, steps in and saves the day.

George Haimsohn, Jim Wise and Robin Miller originally wrote Dames At Sea as a sketch. It was a spoof of the large-scale film musicals of the 1920’s and 30’s by such Hollywood greats as Busby Berkley. Ruby was based on the Ruby Keeler types of these films. After a positive start the sketch was lengthened to a 50 minute musical and, in a case of life imitating art, one of the leads dropped out, to be replaced by the then new and unknown Bernadette Peters. Entitled Dames At Sea, or Golddiggers Afloat, it was stage by Robert Dahdah at the Caffe Cino in 1966. 

Performances 27th July to 20th August at The Union Theatre
Tuesday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 2.30pm
Press Night 29th July @ 7.30pm