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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.

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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Photos: Blithe Spirit opening night starring Angela Lansbury

March 19, 2014 

Photos of the opening night of Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre

The glittering new production of Noel Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit opened last night at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Michael Blakemore’s production features a stellar cast including Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati, Charles Edwards as Charles Condomine, Janie Dee as Ruth Condomine and Jemima Rooper as Elvira.

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Photos: Blithe Spirit – in rehearsal with Angela Lansbury

February 25, 2014 

Rehearsal photos of Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury at the Gielgud Theatre

Angela Lansbury, in rehearsal for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Angela Lansbury, in rehearsal for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Rehearsals are well under way in London for a glittering new stage revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit.

Previews start this Saturday, 1 March 2014, at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London as Michael Blakemore directs his acclaimed Broadway production of this classic comedy, starring legendary actress Angela Lansbury as Madame Arcati.

She is joined by Charles Edwards as Charles Condomine, Janie Dee  as Ruth Condomine and Jemima Rooper as Elvira. Other cast include Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran.

Photos by Johan Persson.

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FIRST LOOK: Blithe Spirit poster starring Angela Lansbury

December 30, 2013 

FIRST LOOK: The poster for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre starring Angela Lansbury.

The poster has been released for the revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre (1 March to 7 June 2014).

Directed by Michael Blakemore based on his recent Broadway production, the play will see Angela Lansbury revive her acclaimed performance as Madame Arcati.

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.

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Poster for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre starring Angela Lansbury

Poster for Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre starring Angela Lansbury

JEMIMA ROOPER as Elvira in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre

December 30, 2013 

JEMIMA ROOPER as Elvira in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre.

JEMIMA ROOPER

JEMIMA ROOPER

Jemima Rooper’s theatre credits include Me and My Girl (Sheffield Theatres), All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Power of Yes and Her Naked Skin (National Theatre), Where Do We Live (Royal Court) and Now is the Time (Tricycle Theatre).

Television credits include Atlantis, Lost in Austen, Silent Witness, The Railway Children and as series regular in As I, and A Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

For film, her credits include The F Word with Daniel Radciffe, One Chance with James Corden, Black Dahlia, Kinky Boots and A Sound of Thunder.

The cast of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre includes Angela Lansbury, Janie Dee and Charles Edwards. The play is directed by Michael Blakemore.

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Cast Highlights: Putting It Together at the St James Theatre

December 30, 2013 

Cast Highlights for Putting It Together is a sparkling Stephen Sondheim revue at the St James Theatre starring David Bedella, Daniel Crossley, Janie Dee, Damian Humbley and Caroline Sheen.

DAVID BEDELLA

As Man 1

David has worked in theatre for over thirty years. He spent 10 years in Chicago, then 11 in New York, performing on Broadway and in U.S. National Tours before making his London debut in 2003 creating the role of Satan in the legendary Jerry Springer-The Opera at the National Theatre then the Cambridge Theatre in the West End, where it was filmed for the BBC and released on DVD. He won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 2008 he recreated the role in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York opposite Harvey Keitel, and again in 2010 at the Sydney Opera House opposite David Wenham.

David played the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch then went on to redefine the role of Frank-N-Furter in the West End production of The Rocky Horror Show, which toured the UK 2006-07 and 2009 and 10.

2008 saw David take on the roles of Molokov in Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, opposite Josh Groban and Idina Menzel; and Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, first at the Cambridge Theatre then again later that year at the Garrick. 2011- Willie Misner in Stephen Sondheim’s Roadshow and 2012- Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy, both at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Film credits include Alexander, Batman Begins, Red Light Runners, once again opposite Harvey Keitel; and Punk Strut.

Television credits, all BBC, include Ben Elton’s Blessed; Dr. Carlos in Holby City; and later this year, Franky, opposite Tamsin Greig in Inside No.9, and the new BBC police drama- By Any Means. He is the voice of Victor and the Mayor of Sodor in Thomas and Friends and is the voice of Coor’s Light throughout the UK. He is the host of the late night celebrity chat show, David Bedella And Friends and has appeared ‘In Concert’ at Leicester Square and London’s new “Hippodrome.” David will be playing the baddie opposite Jo Brand this Christmas in Aladin at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

DANIEL CROSSLEY

As Man 3

Theatre credits include: Cosmo Brown in Singin In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre, Palace Theatre), Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl and Paul in A Chorus Line (Sheffield Crucible), Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hull Truck), Bert in Mary Poppins (National Tour), Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly! Jacques de Boys in As You Like it, Abram in Romeo and Juliet, Darren in Desires of Frankenstein, various roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labours Lost, Oh What a Lovely War and Where’s Charlie (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Anything Goes and Love’s Labours Lost (National Theatre), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Tony in Abigail’s Party (Northcott Theatre Exeter), HC in The Snow Queen (Derby Theatre), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sprite Productions), Andrew in I Really Must Be Getting Off (White Bear), Oliver in Roast Chicken (Hen and Chickens), Owen/Kieran/Russell/Skinner in Modern Dance for Beginners (Etcetera theatre), Danny in Boyband (Derby Playhouse and Gielgud Theatre), Fosse (Prince of Wales Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Fame (Cambridge Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre)

Television credits include: Doctors (BBC), The Last Enemy (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV), Heartbeat (ITV).

Film credits include: The Borghilde Project, Working Lunge.

JANIE DEE

As Woman 1

‘Is there a more enchanting actress on the British stage than Janie Dee? She combines good nature, good humour, an unforced charm and unself-conscious sensuality with a sense of mischief.’ (Benedict Nightingale, The Times)

The twin themes of charm and versatility have followed Janie throughout her extraordinarily varied career. A career which encompasses work on stage, film, television and radio, and embraces everything from Shakespeare at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the Globe (including ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’, which was filmed by Opus Arte), to revivals of classic plays at Bath and Chichester (‘Design for Living’, ‘A Month in the Country’), acclaimed performances in modern dramas and comedies by Harold Pinter (‘Old Times’, ‘Betrayal’), Alan Ayckbourn (‘Comic Potential’, ‘A Woman in Mind’) and Michael Frayn (‘Skios’, ‘Noises Off’, ‘Donkeys Years’). In addition Janie has performed in many intimate cabarets and taken starring roles in musicals (‘Carousel’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Cats’, ‘Can Can’, ‘My One and Only’, ‘Mack and Mabel’ and the classics of Rodgers and Hammerstein).

In the past year alone, Janie has performed in Michael Frayn’s riotous farce ‘Noises Off’ at the Old Vic and in the West End, created a lethal new role, Miranda, the glossy magazine editor, in Lucy Kirkwood’s acclaimed new play ‘NSFW’ at the Royal Court, for which she won her fifth Olivier award nomination, as Best Supporting Actress in a Play, and the irresistible matchmaker Dolly Levi in ‘Hello, Dolly!’. In addition, in January she created a brand new cabaret, ‘Satin Doll’ at the Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel to great acclaim.

Janie has just completed a short film, ‘The Bathroom’ written and directed by Sam Peter Jackson, directed a new musical version of ‘The Kitchen’ by Derek Barnes, based on the play by Arnold Wesker for Central School of Speech & Drama and performed with Kurt Elling in a new symphonic piece, ‘That Obscure Hurt’ written by Musician of the Year 2013 Guy Barker, and Robert Ryan, which was premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival earlier this month and broadcast live on Radio 3, as part of the Britten anniversary celebrations.

Janie is winner of the Olivier, London Evening Standard & Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress for her performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Comic Potential’ and the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for ‘Carousel’ at the National Theatre, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

DAMIAN HUMBLEY

As Man 2

Training: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Theatre: Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along (West End/Menier Chocolate Factory); Harry in Company (Sheffield Crucible); Max in Lend Me a Tenor, The Musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal/West End); Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory – UK Tour); Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and Savoy Theatre); Jamie Wellerstein in The Last 5 Years (Menier Chocolate Factory); Walter Hartright in The Woman In White (Palace Theatre); Urinetown (Melbourne Theatre Company).

Concerts: The Symphony of Australia (SOA); Masterpiece: The Music of

Andrew Lloyd Webber (Really Useful Group)

Recordings: Merrily We Roll Along (DigitalTheatre.com); Lend Me A Tenor

(Original Cast Recording); The Symphony of Australia (Sydney Symphony

Orchestra); Fiddler on the Roof (2007 London Cast Recording); Masterpiece:

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (2001 Live Cast Recording)

CAROLINE SHEEN

As Woman 2

Caroline has starred in premiere musicals in the West End and across the world, most recently playing the role of Fantine in Les Miserables opposite Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean. During her time in the show Caroline was given leave to appear in Tom Hooper’s Academy Award winning film adaptation of the show.

In 2010, Caroline was asked by Disney Theatrical and Cameron Mackintosh to tour America playing Mary Poppins, a role she originated on the UK Tour in 2008. Whilst in America, Caroline won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a touring production, she performed with the cast on Dancing with the Stars, and she was welcomed by Michelle Obama on her Opening Night in Washington DC. The same year Caroline released her debut album “Raise the Curtain” to critical acclaim. Other recordings Caroline can be heard include “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Mamma Mia”, “A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe”, “Serious Cabaret” and the charity single “A Miner’s Song” with other welsh celebrities raising money for the National Mining Memorial.

2009 saw Caroline creating the role of Clara Johnson in the European Premiere of The Light in the Piazza, Adam Guettel’s Tony winning masterpiece. Adam then invited Caroline to sing with him in his Cabaret debut in 2012 at London’s Hippodrome Casino.

Other West End leading roles include Sandy in Grease, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Eponine in Les Miserables, Jennifer Gabriel in the original cast of The Witches of Eastwick, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Sophie in Mamma Mia. Other theatre work includes leading roles in prestigious venues including the National Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse.

On television she has appeared in Torchwood, Hotel Babylon, Doctors and Henry VIII – Portrait of a Tyrant. Other TV appearances include the Royal Variety Show, Aled Jones and Co, the Mike Doyle Show, Art Talks with Mal Pope, and Blue Peter. Whilst appearing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2002, HTV Wales made a documentary about Caroline, her career and her upbringing in Wales.

Caroline’s extensive concert work includes guest soloist appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, the London Palladium, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St David’s Hall, and at the Opening performance of the Wales Millennium Centre. She has appeared alongside Michael Ball, Cliff Richard, Bryn Terfel, Dennis O’Neill, Catrin Finch, Aled Jones, Barbara Cook and John Owen Jones. Caroline also performed her own one woman show to a sell out audience at the Battersea Barge. Most recently Caroline was lead soloist at the Welsh Proms in the Best of the West End.

In 2012 Caroline was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Wales, Newport.

CREATIVE TEAM

ALEX PARKER- Producer/Musical Director

Theatre credits as Musical Director include Once Upon a Matress (Union Theatre) and A Little Night Music (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), as Producer/Musical Director Marguerite (Tabard Theatre), as Associate Musical Director Mrs Henderson Presents (Workshop) The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre) Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre) and as Assistant Musical Director Soho Cinders in Concert (Queen’s Theatre).

He has conducted in concert artists including Maria Friedman, Matt Lucas and Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Joanna Riding, Anna O’Byrne, David Birrell and more.

Studied Music (BMus) at the University of Birmingham (graduated 2012).

In October, Alex will begin work as the Assistant Musical Director on the premiere of a brand new musical in the West End.

Alastair Knights – Director

Alastair read English at University of Birmingham before gaining an MA at Guildford School of Acting, where he graduated in 2012.

As director/choreographer his credits include Anything Goes (University of Birmingham), Company (Electric Theatre) and Something Wonderful: An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre). He conceived and directed the original Jule Styne revue ‘Everything’s Coming Roses’ which premiered in Guildford in April and most recently staged a 40th Anniversary concert of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’ starring Janie Dee, Joanna Riding and David Birrell.

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