Hi Ricardo. What is your favourite trait your character in Zorro has and is it something you try to embody in your everyday life?
Well my favourite trait is his horsemanship and swordsmanship but if I tried to embody that in my everyday life I would probably go to prison! But seriously, I love the romantic figure of Zorro and what he stands for in terms of justice and freedom and I try to do my best in raising my kids in that way... minus the cape and the mask... of course!
What is the most exciting moment in Zorro - musically or dramatically?
There are a few. But I think I will enjoy getting my teeth sunk in the last scenes, especially the “Señor” song and scene. *Spoiler Alert* just after Inez is killed. It’s a beautifully heartbreaking moment with a very passionate and moving score.
If you could go back in time and revisit a moment from your career what would you love to observe as an outsider?
Good question! A couple of my auditions I suppose. It’s an actors curse to live with choices we make on the spot, and I would find it interesting to see and hear the reactions of a couple of audition panels to my performances. Not to change the result, but to hear their thoughts. Although, there is a moment in my career that I would have loved to have watched live: The handover ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games to London, when I sang alongside the cast of We Will Rock You, live on BBC1 and broadcast worldwide. Maybe not so much a fly on the wall but more a person in the crowd ??
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given and now swear by?
Enjoy every moment as it comes. Don’t rush anything in life. I use this advice every day. In every performance. Everywhere.
Zorro is at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 23 February
Interview: Abigail Assock