Frances Ruffelle

Boom Bang-a-Bang Punk

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Frances Ruffelle

I was very honoured that the BBC asked me to represent the UK in the 1994 Eurovision, though I will admit, I was nervous to say yes and actually I did say "Nooooooo." So they then sent the famous songwriter Don Black to persuade me to do it. It worked.

You Can't Have an Orgasm Every Time You Walk on Stage

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Frances Ruffelle

You can't have an orgasm every time you walk on stage. This line from the script is sitting with me. I think Piaf did give the audience everything every time she walked onto the stage. To play her and to be in the character I must do the same.

Sun, Sea and Scripts

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 05.04.2013 | Home
Frances Ruffelle

I am about to embark on one of the most challenging roles of my life: playing Edith Piaf. I have been learning nine of Edith Piaf's songs in French and languages have never been my forte. So the French is a challenge, let alone the fact that my role is in every scene.

Is 'Off' The New 'On' in the West End?

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 12.03.2013 | Home
Frances Ruffelle

Here in London musical theatre lovers have been enjoying catching obscure musicals produced in small London playhouses. Such opportunities these days to go see shows you wished you could have seen on Broadway or shows that only had short runs here in London or in New York.

Hey Old Friend

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 13.02.2013 | Home
Frances Ruffelle

Between learning French lyrics (Piaf) and attending premiere of a French novel (Les Mis) I managed to get coveted tickets to see Stephen Sondheim's 'Merrily We Roll Along' at one of my favourite theatres in London, The Menier Chocolate Factory.