Marilyn gained an English Literature BA (Hons) and a Diploma in Drama from Manchester University. Upon graduating she embarked on a career as an actress/singer by working in Derby as part of their Theatre-in-Education and Studio companies. This was followed by spells working in rep at Crewe, touring the country with many other companies and enjoying stints in the West End before beginning a long, if sporadic, association with Fascinating Aïda. With the group from its’ genesis in the early 1980s until ‘86 making only brief appearances in 1989 and 1995, Ms. Cutts returned, in the guise of super-hero, as a permanent member in 2000 having completed a run in Toronto playing Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver.
As a member of Fascinating Aïda Ms. Cutts’ numerous credits include not only tours of the UK but also Australia; the recording of two cds and one video; appearances on TV programmes such as Wogan, The Bob Monkhouse Show, Saturday Night Live, TVAM, After Hours and the BBC documentary Forty Minutes as well as the Radio shows Start the Week, Stop the Week and Loose Ends.
Regionally Ms. Cutts has performed in productions of Anyone Can Whistle, The Red Balloon, Nymph Errant and Goodnight Mr Tom; played the title role in Piaf; appeared at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich as the Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods and Lady Capulet in Romeo ana Juliet; worked with the Bristol Old Vic playing Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: The Musical. She played a variety of roles in the Original Stephen Joseph Theatre production of Honk! in Scarborough before reviving the characters for the RNT’s national tour. Other UK tours include Lady Raeburn in Salad Days and Conchita in Copacabana.
In London, Ms. Cutts has appeared in numerous plays including Design for Living and See How They Run as well as musicals; Godspell, Oliver, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, What a Performance, Showboat and in 2000 she played Queen Exilona in La Cava. Naturally her association with Fascinating Aïda has also led her to tread London’s boards many times.
In the world of Opera, Ms. Cutts has performed in Cosi Fan Tutte and played Annina in La Traviata which was, incidentally, also filmed for German TV. Most recently she returned to The Music Theatre London to play Mistress Quickly in Falstaff.
Most recently she has been spotted touring the country playing Mrs Potts in Disney’s highly successful, and magical, adaptation of Beauty and The Beast after completing a run with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their productions of Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. Having concluded working with Ms. Dillie Keane, Ms. Adèle Anderson and Mr. Russell Churney on the first UK leg of the Fascinating Aïda’s farewell tour; One Last Flutter, Marilyn Cutts was seen playing Vi Moore in the new national tour of Footloose: The Musical followed by a tour as Nancy in The Shell Seekers.
Currently, Ms. Cutts is appearing as Mme de Rosemonde in Adam Cooper’s new dance drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Elsewhere in the the theatre world Ms. Cutts has worked for Equity, is a reader for one of the most experienced theatre producers in the UK and has recently been appointed a Trustee of the Theatres Trust.