OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde The Musical arrives at Mayflower Theatre next week.

EastEnders’ Rita Simons, UK representative in the Eurovision Song Contest Lucie Jones, and Bill Ward, star of Coronation Street and Emmerdale, appear in a major new UK tour of the smash-hit Broadway and West End musical Legally Blonde The Musical, which runs in Southampton from Tuesday to Saturday.

Legally Blonde is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Based on the Reese Witherspoon film, Legally Blonde The Musical earned seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk Award nominations during its Broadway run. In the UK it was nominated for five Olivier Awards winning three including Best New Musical, and was nominated for eight Whatsonstage Awards, winning four including Best Musical.

Rita Simons (Paulette Bonafonte) is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders. She has also appeared on TV in Mile High as Hannah, Dream Team as Julie and London’s Burning. Rita was the subject of a major documentary film Rita Simons: My Daughter, Deafness and Me.

Lucie Jones (Elle Woods) is currently playing Maureen in the 20th anniversary UK tour of Rent. Her previous theatre credits include Molly in Ghost and Cosette in Les Miserables.

Bill Ward (Professor Callahan) is best known for his work on two of the country’s leading soaps. He has just finished three years in Emmerdale, playing farmer James Barton. Previously, he played the builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, also for 300 episodes. He was murdered by his partner in both soaps in some of the biggest storylines ever seen.

Legally Blonde runs from Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets: 023 8071 1811 or online at

See inside for Rita Simons' take on the pink fest...