JANIE DEE as Ruth Condomine in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre.
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 and Harold Pinter: A Celebration. Janie is expanding her film work, this year completing Wild, directed by Vivienne DeCourcy, and Caffiend, opposite Neil Morrissey and written and directed by Sundance Festival Grand Prize-winner, Gary Walkow. Recent dramatic roles include: Michael Frayn’s Noises Off at The Old Vic and in the West End, and this year she created the role of Miranda in Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW at the Royal Court, which earned her a fourth Olivier nomination.
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.