Premiere of the Zorro musical

New musical Zorro is having its world premiere in Eastbourne prior to a West End run.

Zorro, with music by the Gypsy Kings, is being launched at the Congress Theatre from March 4-8.

The musical re-tells the legendary story of good versus evil with extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic, with the authentic colours of traditional flamenco, choreographed by world famous flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo and performed by some of the world's foremost flamenco dancers.

Director Christopher Renshaw (We Will Rock You, The King and I) leads a multi award-winning creative team in this production featuring a new score by Latin music sensations the Gipsy Kings and includes some of their biggest smash hits; Bambeleo, Baila Me and Djobi Djoba.

This spectacular, epic new production features a cast of 30, including some of the West End's leading musical theatre performers.

Matt Rawle takes the title role of Zorro. Matt's West End credits include Miss Saigon, the title role in Martin Guerre and as Che in the hugely acclaimed production of Evita.

Adam Cooper stars opposite him as Ramon. Previously a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, Adam famously took the lead role in Matthew Bourne's male Swan Lake before branching into musical theatre starring in On Your Toes, Singin' in the Rain and more recently as Sky Masterson in the West End hit Guys and Dolls.

Aimie Atkinson, the winner of the BBC Voice of Musical Theatre 2006, makes her major musical debut as Luisa.

The Congress Theatre is undergoing extensive modifications in order to accommodate the show's breathtaking visual effects and aerial stunt work.

The cast and creative team arrive at the south coast's largest theatre three weeks before the show opens for final rehearsals prior to opening night on March 4.

Evening performances will be at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from 14.50-28.50, call 01323 412000.