Q&A: Marry Me A Little @ The Barn

Fresh from storming the barricades of Britain’s Got Talent, ROB HOUCHEN (Les Miserables, Light in the Piazza, Candide) joins his castmate CELINDE SCHOENMAKER (Phantom of the Opera, Rocketman, Light in the Piazza) and Musical Director ARLENE MCNAUGHT (Six, Little Miss Sunshine) to talk about a new revival production at the Barn Theatre of Sondheim's Marry Me A Little.

As part of this year’s 2020 Theatre Recovery Season, the Barn has brought together this talented pair, last seen together in The Light in the Piazza (Los Angeles Opera and Royal Festival Hall), to appear in MARRY ME A LITTLE from 16 October to 8 November. Here, they tell us more about the production and why Sondheim and musical theatre lovers have every reason to be excited.

Marry Me a Little is a double-hander revue featuring Sondheim songs pulled together to tell the story of a couple and their tale of love, loneliness and survival. Some might say it is a musical for our times… Have your experiences over the past months informed or affected your interpretation of these roles?

Rob: When I was approached for this, I initially thought because Covid has taken over our entire lives, it will have a Covid take on it: two people stuck in the apartments, they can’t get out etc... But instead, we are not making it about Covid in our piece, because you don’t need to! This is just going to be a totally relatable story about a couple that aren’t together anymore and telling their individual stories. But living through this pandemic has meant we have had hours of conversations about how these times have affected us and our relationships. What makes us happy? And what is important to us now? How do you find that happiness on your own? A lot of that is reflected in this show.

Arlene: I see it from a music perspective and there is so much in th