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Rachel bewitches in new magical play touring England

A new production starring a Bury St Edmunds- born woman is bringing magic, mayhem and music across the country.

Rachel Heaton, who grew up in Bury and attended County Upper School, is touring England in a production of The Worst Witch.

The play which is coming to Cambridge and Norwich tells the tale of Mildred Hubble who attends a school for witches. Rachel plays Mildred’s teacher Miss Hardbroom.

Rachel Heaton as Miss Hardbroom, right, with Danielle Bird as Mildred Hubble. Picture: Manuel Harlan.
Rachel Heaton as Miss Hardbroom, right, with Danielle Bird as Mildred Hubble. Picture: Manuel Harlan.

She said: “The play is based on the Jill Murphy books but is a brand new story written especially for the stage, with all the same characters you know and love from the books.”

Rachel, who lives in Brighton, was involved with drama clubs while at County Upper School and in Suffolk Young People’s Theatre, after which she studied at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London.

The tour kicked off last Tuesday in Sheffield and will be performing at Cambridge Arts Theatre tonight.

The tour then moves through Hull, Derby, Canterbury, Dartford, Southampton, Malvern, Leicester, Salford and Plymouth before coming to Norwich between April 16 and 20.

Rachel, 45, added: “There’s something on offer for everyone, adults and kids. There are lots of characters that children will recognise and there’s also a few laughs in there for the older crowd. The feedback has been good as well.”

The show boasts trapeze routines, dances and a live band.

Previously Rachel has starred in CBBC show In 2 Minds and BBC programme, Doctors.

Her other theatre work includes The Odd Couple in Frinton summer theatre.

Rachel said: “It was really good that I got this job – it’s what I have trained to do and it’s my first love. It’s so brilliant working with all the cast everyone in it are so well crafted. It is amazing to see the characters from the books that I loved as a child, to see them come to life is so magical.”

Rachel Heaton. Picture: Manuel Harlan.
Rachel Heaton. Picture: Manuel Harlan.

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