Kate Ayres

Kate is no stranger to the stage having acted, danced and sung in, choreographed, and directed, numerous pantomimes, plays and musicals over the years including, Singin’ in the Rain. Her first lead came when she was cast as Laetitia in her school’s production of Arthur Sullivan’s, The Zoo. In 1998 she came to study at Durham University and took part in both her college and the University musical societies where she also played trombone in the pit orchestra, as well as in the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.

On graduating, she moved to Norfolk and for nine years was a member of four local musical societies before she moved to Milton Keynes and joined Company MK, performing as a soloist in their yearly concerts and taking a lead in the musicals. In addition, she was a soloist with Heart and Music, a thirteen-strong group of singers who performed concerts to raise money for charity.

In 2015, Kate emigrated to the United Arab Emirates as Director of Museums to the Government of Ras Al Khaimah. Here, she was asked by the Ruling Sheikh to perform in a private concert at his Jebel Jais mountain palace, the highest mountain in the UAE.

Her favourite roles have been: Maggie Hobson, Hobson’s Choice; Cinderella, Into the Woods; Judy Turner, A Chorus Line; Miss Berta, Acorn Antiques; Francisca, West Side Story; Patsy, Crazy for You; Martha, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; A Soul Singer, Jesus Christ Superstar; and Mimi, a Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls, twice.

Twenty years after first coming to Durham, she returned last year. This is Kate’s first show with DMTC and she is thrilled to have been cast as a chorus principal (six weeks after giving birth to her first baby!). Despite Evita being the first musical that she’s not been a dancer in, she can’t believe that she still has a number of quick changes!