Halifax actress Emma Williams goes from Truly Scrumptious to Zorro's Latin lover in new West End show

MUSICAL star Emma Williams is heading back to London's West End in a swashbuckling action adventure that brings to life the legend of masked hero, Zorro.

Emma, 25, will play the role of Luisa, Zorro's love interest, in the multi-million pound musical, which features leading musical theatre star Matt Rawle, whose past roles have included Che in Evita, as the sword-wielding crusader of justice.

Highlights of the show, which opens at the Garrick Theatre on July 15, will be the most authentic flamenco ever danced on the British stage, choreographed by Spain's acclaimed Rafael Amargo and the pulsating Latin American rhythms of the famous musical group, the Gipsy Kings.

Emma's parents, Gordon and Joan Williams, who live in Illingworth, Halifax, said they had already bought tickets for the show, directed by Christopher Renshaw.

"It promises to be a great musical and we're looking forward to it. We'll be there on press night and then probably pop down again later on," said Joan.

Emma, a former pupil of North Halifax Grammar School recently returned to her home town of Halifax to perform at the Victoria Theatre with the Halifax Symphony Orchestra for a charity concert. "It was lovely to see her back on home territory.

Now she is involved with this show we know she'll be busy and we aren't going to see her for a while," she added.

Emma's most recent London stage credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, when she shared the stage with internationally renowned Welsh operatic baritone Bryn Terfel.

She was recently a guest on Elaine Paige's Radio Two show and now has a growing CV of musical starring roles.

Her first taste of the West End came in 2002 when she landed the role of Truly Scrumptious in the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at just 19, on the London stage.

The followed further successes with leading roles in the smash hit productions Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll, Batboy The Musical and Promises Promises, based on the 1960s Billy Wilder comedy The Apartment, in which Emma recreated the role of Fran Kubelik, made famous by Shirley MacLaine.

Her career has also included TV with appearances in Marple, based on the books of Agatha Christie and the BBC's hit drama Bleak House, based on the famous novel by Charles Dickens.

More recently she played Christine Keeler in A Model Girl, based on the 1963 John Pro-fumo scandal and starred in the Madonna role in the musical Desperately Seeking Susan, which closed early.

Zorro, which has recently toured regional theatres, is headed by John Gertz and Adam Kenwright with New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende, serving as creative producer.

Allende's 2005 bestseller Zorro: A Novel is the classic tale of the original Zorro legend and was an inspiration for the musical.

Created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley, the iconic character Zorro is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy caballero and master swordsman living in Spanish California, who defends the people of the land against injustice.

The character has featured in film, live action, TV animation, books, comic and even in a soon to be released Nintendo Wii game.

Two blockbuster films, Mask of Zorro in 1998 and Legend of Zorro in 2005 were made for the big screen and featured Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones as the lead roles.

The new musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic, all set to the red hot music of the Gipsy Kings. Now she is involved with this show we know she’ll be busy and we aren’t going to see her for a while,” she added.

Emma’s most recent London stage credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, when she shared the stage with internationally renowned Welsh operatic baritone Bryn Terfel.

She was recently a guest on Elaine Paige’s Radio Two show and now has a growing CV of musical starring roles.

Her first taste of the West End came in 2002 when she landed the role of Truly Scrumptious in the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at just 19, on the London stage.

The followed further successes with leading roles in the smash hit productions Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll, Batboy The Musical and Promises Promises, based on the 1960s Billy Wilder comedy The Apartment, in which Emma recreated the role of Fran Kubelik, made famous by Shirley MacLaine.

Her career has also included TV with appearances in Marple, based on the books of Agatha Christie and the BBC’s hit drama Bleak House, based on the famous novel by Charles Dickens.

More recently she played Christine Keeler in A Model Girl, based on the 1963 John Pro-fumo scandal and starred in the Madonna role in the musical Desperately Seeking Susan, which closed early.

Zorro, which has recently toured regional theatres, is headed by John Gertz and Adam Kenwright with New York Times best-selling author Isabel Allende, serving as creative producer.

Allende’s 2005 bestseller Zorro: A Novel is the classic tale of the original Zorro legend and was an inspiration for the musical.

Created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley, the iconic character Zorro is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a wealthy caballero and master swordsman living in Spanish California, who defends the people of the land against injustice.

The character has featured in film, live action, TV animation, books, comic and even in a soon to be released Nintendo Wii game.

Two blockbuster films, Mask of Zorro in 1998 and Legend of Zorro in 2005 were made for the big screen and featured Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones as the lead roles.

The new musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with extraordinary aerial acrobat- ics, spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic, all set to the red hot music of the Gipsy Kings.