Joanna Riding stars in Kneehigh’s new musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Joanna Riding. Photo: © Roy Tan

Joanna Riding. Photo: © Roy Tan

Multi Olivier award-winning Joanna Riding will return to Shaftesbury Avenue this spring in a new stage adaptation of French cult classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Joanna’s long and accomplished career in musical theatre most recently saw her star as Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Other stage musical credits include Me and My Girl (1993 Olivier award winner), Carousel for the National Theatre, My Fair Lady (2003 Olivier award winner), The Witches of Eastwick (2001 Olivier award nominee) Guys and Dolls (1997 Olivier award nominee), A Little Night Music and Oh What a Lovely War, Lady Be Good, The Wizard of Oz and Martin Guerre.

She has also appeared in a number of plays including  Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat at the Royal Court, Blithe Spirit for the Theatre Royal Bath and in the West End, An Ideal Husband, Hobson’s Choice and The Happiest Days of Your Life for The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Portrait of Dorian Gray for the Lyric Hammersmith and My Mother Said I Never Should and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Chichester Festival Theatre.

TV work ranges includes Holby City, Doctors, Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is, The Royal and Midsomer Murders.

Produced by the Kneehigh theatre company (Brief Encounter), this new production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Gielgud Theatre from 5 March is directed by Emma Rice and will also star cabaret artist Meow Meow and Broadway’s Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening).

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