‘It felt like going on a speed train’

Starring Ray Quinn, Faye Brookes and Les Dennis, Legally Blonde is at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from June 19-30.
Starring Ray Quinn, Faye Brookes and Les Dennis, Legally Blonde is at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from June 19-30.
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Blonde, pink and covered in sparkles – Legally Blonde is arriving at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from June 19-30.

A 2001 box office hit, the original film, starring Reece Whitherspoon, follows Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner.

She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.

Made into a Broadway production in 2007, Legally Blonde: The Musical opened in the West End in 2009 and went on to win three Laurence Oliver Awards, with this being it’s first national UK tour.

Playing the role of Warner is X-Factor runner-up and actor Ray Quinn. He says: ‘I just went to see the show and I was desperate for an audition. When the tour came around I was so excited because I really wanted to be part of it.

‘It’s very addictive! I’m still singing all the songs four months in. It’s just so different to what I normally do because he’s quite mean. I’m having a great time.’

He adds: ‘It felt like going on a speed train when I first started.’

Ray plays Elle’s boyfriend Warner, who leave her for Harvard. Speaking about his character, he says: ‘Warner is a bit of a spoilt rich kid and knows what he wants to do, but he’s got a good heart. He just doesn’t know where he wants to go.

‘The way I play him is I try to win the audience back a lot of the time, so it makes it a bit more fun. It’s a bit different to what I’d normally do, playing the bad guy.’

On tour until July, he’s looking forward to coming to Southampton, as it’s not far from his home in Poole.

Ray says: ‘It isn’t too far away for me to go, so I’ll commute it and I absolutely cannot wait. I’ve got a baby on the way and I’m looking forward to being home with the wife and making sure she’s fed!

‘I’ve got a month off during the summer but I’m also doing pantomime in Poole this year, which will be great, I’ll be able to walk to work! It’s going to be the most amazing time.’

Tickets cost £17.50 to £42.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.