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Photos: The Seagull at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre

June 25, 2015 

First  look at Janie Dee in The Seagull at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre

Photo’s of Regent’s Park Open Air theatre production of The Seagull starring Janie Dee have been released. Celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre commissioned this new version by Torben Betts to mark the 120th Anniversary of Chekhov’s original play.

Starring Janie Dee as Irina Arkadina, the cast includes Sabrina Bartlett as Nina and Matthew Tennyson as Konstantin. They are joined by Tara D’Arquian as Natasha, Lisa Diveney as Masha, Tom Greaves as Yakov, Colin Hoult as Simon Medviedenko, Fraser James as Ilia Shamraev, Lisa Palfrey as Paulina Andreevna, Ian Redford as Peter Sorin, Alex Robertson as Boris Trigorin and Danny Webb as Eugene Dorn.

The Seagull plays a limited run at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre until 11 July 2015.

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce full casting for The Seagull

May 11, 2015 

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announce full casting for Anton Chekov’s The SeagullThe Seagull Open Air Theatre 2015

Full casting for Regent’s Park Open Air theatre’s production of Anton Chekov’s The Seagull starring Janie Dee, Sabrina Bartlett and Matthew Tennyson has been announced today.

Janie Dee will star as Irina Arkadina, with Sabrina Bartlett as Nina and Matthew Tennyson as Konstantin. They will be joined by Tara D’Arquian as Natasha, Lisa Diveney as Masha, Tom Greaves as Yakov, Colin Hoult as Simon Medviedenko, Fraser James as Ilia Shamraev, Lisa Palfrey as Paulina Andreevna, Ian Redford as Peter Sorin, Alex Robertson as Boris Trigorin and Danny Webb as Eugene Dorn.

To mark the 120th Anniversary of Chekhov’s original play, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have commissioned a new version by Torben Betts to be directed by Matthew Dunster.

The Seagull will run at the Open Air Theatre from 19 June 2015 until 11 July 2015.

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JANIE DEE in Ah, Wilderness!

March 27, 2015 

JANIE DEE  as Essie in Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic

Janie Dee

Janie Dee

Janie is a multi-award winning actress, singer and musical theatre performer.

Her work on stage has earned her the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actress Awards for the leading role in Comic Potential in the West End and on Broadway as well as the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. She has worked extensively with writer and director Alan Ayckbourn, originating the roles of JC 333 in Comic Potential, Joanna in House and Garden and Amanda in Dreams from a Summerhouse and Peter Hall has directed Janie in Much Ado About Nothing, Betrayal and Design For Living.

Lead roles in classic West End musicals include: Cats, My One and Only (Olivier Award Nomination), Mack and Mabel, and audiences outside London have been able to enjoy her performances in many shows including her starring role as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! at the Curve Theatre, Leicester for which she received a TMA UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical this year.

She is a leading light in the resurgent cabaret scene and regularly champions new musical theatre writing. Her screen credits include Me and Orson Welles, Harold Pinter: A Celebration and Dare to be Wild. Her television credits includes: In Love With Shakespeare, Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room and House of Cards. Recent dramatic roles include: Blithe Spirit opposite Angela Lansbury and Charles Edwards, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off at The Old Vic and in the West End, and Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW at the Royal Court, which earned her a fourth Olivier nomination. This year she is due to play Mrs Henderson, in the Theatre Royal Bath production of Mrs Henderson Presents.

The cast of Ah, Wilderness! includes Georgia Bourke, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha.

Janie Dee to star in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath

March 6, 2015 

Janie Dee and Emma Williams to star in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath.

Baz Bamigboye reports Janie Dee is to star in the Theatre Royal Bath production of Mrs Henderson Presents. The musical is based on the film starring Judi Dench as Mrs Henderson, a society grand dame who put on nude revues at Soho’s Wyndham’s theatre between the World Wars. In the film the late Bob Hoskins played her right-hand man Vivian Van Damm, with Kelly Reilly as Maureen, the young woman Mrs Henderson helps. Emma Williams is to play the role of Maureen with further casting to be announced.

Janie Dee is currently rehearsing for Ah, Wilderness! at The Young Vic and will later this year play Arkadina in The Seagull at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 19 June 2015.

Mrs Henderson Presents is directed by Terry Johnson, with lyrics by Don Black and music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain.
The production runs from 14 August 2015 until 5 September 2015 at the Theatre Royal Bath – fingers crossed it will transfer to the West End.

Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic

February 10, 2015 

Ah, Wilderness! starring Janie Dee and George MacKay at the Young Vic

The great American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play is a funny and poignant account of family life and teenage tribulations in 1906 Connecticut. A staple in the US but rarely performed in the UK it was written in 1933 almost as a prelude to his wrenching, autobiographical A Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Ah, Wilderness plays for a strictly limited run at the Young Vic theatre from 12 April 2015 til 23 May 2015.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Natalie Abrahami, with design by Dick Bird, costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, light by Charles Balfour, sound by Ben Ringham and movement by Ann Yee.

CAST

The cast includes Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha.

Georgia Bourke plays Muriel, making her professional stage debut. Her film credits include Jane Eyre, Girl Like Me and Reign of the General. Georgia’s television work includes Silent Witness and Hollyoaks.

Janie Dee makes her Young Vic debut playing Essie. Her other theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (West End); NSFW (Royal Court); Noises Off (Old Vic & West End); Cats, Cabaret, Showboat (RSC at the London Palladium); Carousel (National Theatre) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance; Much Ado About Nothing, Design for Living (Theatre Royal, Bath) and Betrayal (Theatre Royal, Bath and West End) . She worked extensively with Harold Pinter and Sir Alan Ayckbourn, winning the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential (West End and Broadway). Film credits include Me and Orson Welles, Harold Pinter: A Celebration and Dare to be Wild. Her work for television includes: In Love With Shakespeare, Death in Holy Orders and The Murder Room and House of Cards.

George MacKay plays Richard. He makes his Young Vic debut in Ah, Wilderness! following his first professional stage role in The Cement Garden at VAULT Festival 2014. Nominated as one of the EE BAFTA Rising Stars in 2014, George’s recent film credits include PRIDE, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now and For Those in Peril.

Martin Marquez plays Nat. Making his Young Vic debut,  his previous theatre credits include Blasted (Sheffield Theatres); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); From Here to Eternity (West End); Mother Courage and her Children, Anything Goes, Love’s Labours Lost (National Theatre); The Iceman Cometh (Old Vic); and Cleansed (Royal Court). Television credits include Vera, Twenty Twelve and The Whale.

Eleanor McLoughlin makes her Young Vic debut playing Norah. Previous stage credits include Planter’s Island (Saint Martin’s Studio Theatre) and Playboy of the Western World (Millbank Theatre). Her film credits include Forgotten Man and Ghost Runner.

Dominic Rowan plays Sid. He most recently appeared at the Young Vic as Lopakhin in Katie Mitchell’s production of The Cherry Orchard, and previous credits for the theatre include A Doll’s House (West End and BAM in New York), and After Dido. Other theatre credits include Medea, Happy Now?, Iphegina at Aulis (National Theatre); The Village Bike (Royal Court); Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe); and The Misanthrope (West End). Television credits include Henry IV, The Restless and Law and Order UK (four series).

Susannah Wise plays Lily. She first appeared at the Young Vic in A Doll’s House. Other theatre credits include Hero and Where Do We Live (Royal Court); Blurred Lines, The Hush, The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre); Three Sisters and Festen (West End). Susannah’s television credits include Derek, Jo, Phone Shop, Camp X and Babylon.

Ashley Zhangazha plays Arthur. Ashley makes his Young Vic debut, his previous theatre credits include Hamlet (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild); Henry V (Nöel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage Season); Fences (Duchess Theatre); Belong and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); Richard II and King Lear (Donmar Warehouse); and Danton’s Death (National Theatre). Ashley’s television credits include Humans, Ordinary Lies and Lenny Goes to Town.

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Young Vic – 2015 season

February 6, 2015 

The Young Vic has announced details of its new season for 2015 including Rory Kinnear in The Trial and Romola Garai in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Highlights:

  • Natalie Abrahami directs Eugene O’Neil’s only comedy Ah, Wilderness! starring Janie Dee & George MacKay
  • Rory Kinnear stars as Josef K. in Richard Jones’ production of Franz Kafka’s The Trial
  • The UK premiere of Simon Stephens’ new play Song from Far Away directed by Ivo van Hove in a limited run
  • Joe Hill-Gibbins tackles Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure for Measure with Romola Garai as Isabella.
  • Dance and theatre combine in a new production of Macbeth co-directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin
  • In the Maria studio theatre: interactive theatre game World Factory and a rare revival of La Musica by Marguerite Duras

Ah, Wilderness!
12 April 2015 – 23 May 2015, Main House

Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play  is a funny and poignant account of family life and teenage tribulations in 1906 Connecticut.  A staple in the US but rarely performed in the UK it was written in 1933 almost as a prelude to his wrenching, autobiographical A Long Day’s Journey into Night.  Directed by Natalie Abrahami, with design by Dick Bird, costumes by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, light by Charles Balfour, sound by Ben Ringham and movement by Ann Yee. Cast: Georgia Bourke, Janie Dee, George MacKay, Martin Marquez, Eleanor McLoughlin, Dominic Rowan, Susannah Wise and Ashley Zhangazha

The Trial
19 June 2015 – 8 August 2015, Main House
Richard Jones directs a new stage adaptation of Kafka’s great novel The Trial written by Nick Gill and starring Rory Kinnear as the powerless victim of the system Josef K.  In his thirtieth year K. lives a waking nightmare. Visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime, K. is bewildered by spiralling layers of bureaucracy – and the more sinister motives which lurk beneath them. Design by Miriam Buether. Nick Gill’s new
adaptation, commissioned by the Young Vic, reveals a murky and dangerous world in which The Law’s word is final.

Song from Far Away
3 September 2015 – 19 September 2015
An original new play by Simon Stephens, directed by Ivo van Hove, is a poignant journey through grief and hope.  Returning home to Amsterdam after the death of his brother, a young man (played by Eelco Smits) attempts to reconnect with his sibling through a series of letters. New music composed especially for the production is by Mark Eitzel and design is by Jan Versweyveld (A View from the Bridge).

Measure for Measure
2 October 2015 – 7 November 2015, Main House
Romola Garai leads the cast in Joe Hill-Gibbins take on Shakespeare’s dark comedy of injustice, sexual politics and disguise. In a Vienna heaving with sex and corruption, even the authorities are up to no good. The Duke has left deputy Angelo to clean up the city’s reputation, whilst he observes in disguise. Abusing his power, Angelo forces young nun Isabella to choose between saving her brother’s life or breaking her vow of chastity.   Dramaturgy for Measure for Measure is by Zoë Svendsen with design by Miriam Buether. Costumes are by Nicky

Macbeth
26 November 2015 – 16 January 2016, Main House
Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin reunite to direct a new vision of Macbeth using dance and theatre in this
world premiere. Betrayal, jealousy and suspicion reign in Scotland as Shakespeare’s tragedy of the desperate desire for power is redrawn in an ambitious new staging.  Light for Macbeth is by Neil Austin and costumes are by Merle Hensel.

World Factory
11 May 2015 – 30 May 2015, Maria Studio
Delving into the murky history and contemporary reality of the garment industry, World Factory provokes a
conversation about consumer capitalism and ethical trade in relation to China. Audiences become factory managers,
calling the shots on profits, products and workers – and are asked to decide for themselves what success means. Direction/design by Zoë Svendsen and Simon Daw

La Musica
24 September 2015 – 17 October 2015, Maria Studio 

Jeff James directs the first major London revival  of Marguerite Duras’ La Musica for 22 years.  An estranged husband and wife return to the town where they once lived to finalise their divorce. Meeting by
chance in a hotel bar they spend the night struggling to understand each other, caught between desire and
recrimination.  Design by Ultz.

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Competition: Win 2 tickets to Ah, Wilderness! with Janie Dee & George MacKay at the Young Vic

February 6, 2015 

Win a pair of tickets to Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic!

Ah, Wilderness! Eugene O’Neill. The Young Vic

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

The Young Vic have just announced their hotly anticipated new season and to celebrate we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the first show; Ah, Wilderness!

Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play is a funny and authentic portrait of a Connecticut childhood – complete with moonlit beaches, firecrackers, booze and a powerfully dark undertow.
Over Independence Day weekend, teenager Richard Miller navigates young love in his idyllic home town. A staple in the US but rarely seen in the UK, O’Neill’s prelude to A Long Day’s Journey into Night is an essential part of the life’s work of this most innovative of American playwrights.

With Janie Dee (Noises Off, NSFW) and George MacKay (Pride, Sunshine on Leith), directed by Natalie Abrahami following her acclaimed production of Happy Days.

“An elegy for a warm, safe, lost world.” The New York Times

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The West End Goes MAD For Christmas

November 17, 2014 

The West End Goes MAD For Christmas is a fabulous compilation album of Christmas songs by new writers, all performed by a host of West End stars.

The West End Goes MAD For Christmas is a fab Christmas abumn featuring a fantastic range of up-and-coming new musical theatre writers along with talented West End performers and singer-songwriters.

Released on behalf of West End theatre charity the MAD Trust, and in conjunction with their annual fundraiser ‘A West End Christmas’ at St Paul’s (The Actor’s Church) in Covent Garden, all sales of the album raises money for the MAD Trust, helping people living with HIV and AIDS.

The perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves musical theatre.

 Tracks on the album include:

  • Together We Can Make It – Killian Donnelly & the cast of Les Misérables; written by Felix Hagan
  • Home – Alistair Brammer; written by Gus Gowland & Alistair Brammer
  • I Love Christmas – Chloe Hart; from The Bakewell Bake Off written by The Baking Committee
  • This Christmas – written & performed by Stuart Matthew Price
  • Reindeer Wives – Harriet Thorpe, Christopher Howell & Sophie Isaacs; written by Anderson & Petty
  • A Soldier’s Christmas – Gerónimo Rauch & Nadim Naaman; written by Nadim Naaman
  • Praying For You – Gina Beck; written by Alexander Bermange
  • The Little Match Girl – Janie Dee; written by Tim Connor

MORE ABOUT THE MAD TRUST:

The Make A Difference Trust, or MAD Trust, brings together the British Entertainment community and its audiences to raise funds to support people living with HIV and AIDS in the UK and South Arica, and those in the entertainment industry facing hardship as a result of a long-term chronic illness.

The West End Goes MAD For Christmas is released by Auburn Jam Records.

The Seagull at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

October 28, 2014 

A new production of Chekhov’s The Seagull comes to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre directed by Matthew Dunster.

Matthew Dunster directs a new production of Anton Chekhov’s classic The Seagull, in a new version by Torben Betts.  The first of Chekhov’s great works, The Seagull is celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century.

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The Seagull plays Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from from 19 June 2015 until 11 July 2015.

STORY

As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a more entertaining drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.

CAST

Janie Dee will star as Irina Arkadina, with Sabrina Bartlett as Nina and Matthew Tennyson as Konstantin. They will be joined by Tara D’Arquian as Natasha, Lisa Diveney as Masha, Tom Greaves as Yakov, Colin Hoult as Simon Medviedenko, Fraser James as Ilia Shamraev, Lisa Palfrey as Paulina Andreevna, Ian Redford as Peter Sorin, Alex Robertson as Boris Trigorin and Danny Webb as Eugene Dorn.

Janie Dee has previously starred in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre productions including Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Janie won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Actress for Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential which she performed in London and New York, and the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. She appeared alongside Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, and has just finished a run as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse). She is currently appearing in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic and, following The Seagull, will play the title role in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath.

Sabrina Bartlett recently played Keren Daniel in BBC1’s drama Poldark and recently starred in BBC1’s Passing Bells.

Matthew Tennyson won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for Making Noise Quietly (Donmar).

CREATIVE

Directed by Matthew Dunster with design by Jon Bausor, movement direction by Charlotte Broom, lighting design by Philip Gladwell and sound design by Christopher Shutt

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Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury – Round-up of Reviews

March 21, 2014 

Round-up of Reviews for Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury at the Gielgud Theatre

Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit

Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit

Michael Blakemore’s production of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit gets a rousing reception from the critics – including Dame Angela Lansbury’s return to the stage.

Running until 7 June 2014 at the Gielgud Theatre, Angela Lansbury is joined in the cast by Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey, The King’s Speech) as Charles Condomine, Janie Dee (Hello Dolly!) as Ruth Condomine and Jemima Rooper as Elvira. Other cast include Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran.

What we thought

We have never seen a production of Blithe Spirit (and let’s face it – there have been a lot of them!) that manages to draw out every possible laugh from Noel Coward’s witty and fast-paced drawing-room comedy. In Michael Blakemore’s beautifully choreographed production, every single cast member is pitch perfect, particularly Janie Dee’s brittle Ruth. Angela Lansbury, making her return to London after nearly 40 years, puts in a performance worthy of her star status and top billing, managing to bring something entirely new to a character that is a well-trodden path for character actresses.

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