Marilyn

Opened 3 June 2009, closed 13 June 2009 at the Apollo Theatre in London

Award-winning choreographer Peter Schaufuss brings his new show Marilyn to London's West End for 11 performances only.

"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul" Marilyn Monroe

With a company of 15 dancers, choreographed and directed by Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award-winning Peter Schaufuss, Marilyn is a thrilling dance musical that tells the story behind the image of troubled Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, one of the biggest and most beautiful of stars from the golden age of movies. Featuring original music from Marilyn's movies and performances as diverse as "Happy Birthday, Mr President" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".

"I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else" Marilyn Monroe

"'Egghead Weds Hourglass' was a typical headline when screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and internationally revered playwright Arthur Miller made the mismatch of the century in 1956. Former ballet star Peter Schaufuss quite rightly makes this emotional maelstrom the centrepiece of his latest choreographic adventure, featuring his wife Zara Deakin digging her teeth into a peach of a role as Monroe. Schaufuss interprets the familiar story of Monroe's outer global stardom destroyed by inner demons with a sophisticated light touch and a variety of dance styles from vaudeville to balletic. Caroline Petter is gripping as the star's grovelling, rambling, schizophrenic mother who never leaves her daughter's manic imagination and whose madness Monroe assumes is her birthright... Deakin's performance is a masterpiece of understatement and good taste. Never attempting an impersonation, she has the look and feel of a thoroughbred; raunchy but tongue-in-cheek and always just this side of vulgar... A moving and entertaining performance." The Express on Sunday

Marilyn is the story of a childhood without a father and love; a schizophrenic mother who doesn't want her child to exist and even tries to strangle her as an infant; and an abused young girl who marries at 16 to avoid being sent to an orphanage. Marilyn's career as an actress was to span just 16 years but featured starring roles in such classics as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; How to Marry a Millionaire; The Seven Year Itch; and Some Like It Hot. She made a total of 29 films - 24 of them in the first 8 years of her career. However, the typecasting of her 'dumb blonde' persona limited her career prospects, and she made more headlines for her private life, including marriages to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. The final years of her life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have ever since been the subject of conjecture and wild conspiracy theories. In 1999, Marilyn was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

Peter Schaufuss' Marilyn in London at the Apollo Theatre opened on 3 June 2009 and closed on 13 June 2009.