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Janie to lead world premiere of Laughing Boy written and directed by Stephen Unwin

Jermyn Street Theatre & Theatre Royal Bath : April - June 2024

‘So much magic. So much love. So much laughter. So much work. So much rage. And so many tears.’

 

Connor is, well, Connor. He loves buses, Eddie Stobart, and Lego. He also has learning disabilities. When he dies an entirely preventable death in NHS care, his mum Sara can’t get a straight answer as to how it happened. But Sara and her family won’t stop asking questions and soon an extraordinary campaign emerges. Demanding the truth, it uncovers a scandal of neglect and indifference that goes beyond Connor’s death to thousands of others.

Both personal and political, Sara Ryan’s impassioned, frank, and surprisingly funny story bursts onto the stage for the first time. Writer and Director Stephen Unwin returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following his first play All Our Children and directing the sold out hit Farm Hall.

BOOK TICKETS: Jermyn Street Theatre 25 April - 25 May . Theatre Royal Bath 4 - 8 June

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Janie returns for West End transfer of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends

Gielgud Theatre : September 2023 - January 2024

Following the triumph of Old Friends at the 2023 WhatsOnStage Awards where it won the Best Theatre Event Award, and the unforgettable all-star gala performance to celebrate the life and work of the great Stephen Sondheim at the theatre named after him in May 2022, Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, devised and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, will open for 16 weeks only from 16 September 2023 - 6 January 2024 at the Gielgud Theatre with many of that Gala cast.

Old Friends all-star cast will again include Bernadette Peters who is appearing in a West End run for the first time in her legendary career and Lea Salonga who is appearing for the first time in 27 years.  Co-stars include several of the fabulous Gala company, including Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford and Jeremy Secomb, joining them will be Beatrice Penny-Touré, Joanna Riding, and Jac Yarrow with further exciting casting to be announced soon.

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Janie to star in Jack Thorne's The Motive and The Cue at the NT

National Theatre : April - July 2023

Sam Mendes directs a startling new play on the making of Burton and Gielgud’s Hamlet.

Why would the most famous movie star in the world choose to do a play which everyone already knows? And what lures us back to the same plays, year after year? Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel.

This fierce and funny new play by Jack Thorne offers a glimpse into the politics of a rehearsal room and the relationship between art and celebrity. Sam Mendes directs Johnny Flynn as Burton, Mark Gatiss as Gielgud and Tuppence Middleton as Taylor.

 

The Motive and the Cue is inspired by Letters from an Actor by William Redfield and John Gielgud Directs Richard Burton in Hamlet by Richard L. Stern.

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Janie to star opposite Tom Conti in The Grass Is Greener

Theatre Royal Windsor : March 2023

In this charming and beautifully written comedy, Aristocrats Victor and Hilary, happily married for some twenty years, are forced by the new 1950s Inheritance Tax laws to open their stately home to the half crown paying public.  A charming American ventures into the private apartments, encounters Hilary and both are targeted by Cupid’s merciless arrow.  To rescue his threatened life and love, Victor resorts to an ancient and violent method of resolving the dispute.

 

Written by Hugh and Margaret Williams, one of Britain’s favourite play-writing teams of the Sixties, The Grass Is Greener was a huge hit in London’s West End, and was subsequently adapted into an award-winning film starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons.

The cast includes Tristan Gemmill, Elizabeth Payne and Malcolm James.

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Janie filming haunting drama The Burning Girls for Paramount+

Paramount+ : Filming December 2022, release date to be confirmed

The Burning Girls is an upcoming British television series based on the novel of the same name by C.J. Tudor, adapted by Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren. Developed by Buccaneer Media for Paramount+, it stars Samantha Morton and Ruby Stokes.

A Reverend and her daughter arrive in the village of Chapel Croft looking for a new start following a sudden loss. However, the sleepy village may have secrets of its own.

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Janie performs An Evening with Noel Coward at the V&A

Victoria & Albert Museum : October 2022

Join the multi-talented and award winning performers Janie Dee and Stefan Bednarczyk for an evening of Noel Coward’s finest songs – hilarious and poignant in equal measure.

 

This special Sunday performance celebrating the opening of the V&A's new display, ‘Re:Imagining Musicals’ will be followed by an after-hours wine reception in the museum’s beautiful Silver Galleries.

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Janie filming romantic drama You & Me for ITVX

ITVX : Filming July 2022 and screening February 2023

You & Me is ITVX's new romantic drama offering and "explores what it means to find love, what it means to lose love, and what it takes to try and love once again".

The new three-parter stars Harry Lawtey (Industry, The Pale Blue Eye), Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World, Pieces of Her) and Sophia Brown (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Giri/Haji), alongside Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch).

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Janie to star in SONDHEIM concert at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall : July 2022

Luminaire Orchestra is thrilled to return to Cadogan Hall this summer after its premiere concert last year. This specialist, hand-picked musical theatre chamber orchestra will present an evening of the works of the late, great Stephen Sondheim.

The evening will feature songs from Sondheim’s acclaimed catalogue including music from A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Passion, Follies, Into The Woods, Merrily We Roll Along and more. Audiences can expect to hear the original orchestrations of his work played and sung by an all-star line-up of soloists.

Cast includes Courtney Bowman, Lucca Chadwick-Patel, Rosalie Craig, Lorna Dallas, Janie Dee, Danielle de Niese, Jamie Parker, Jenna Russell, Danny Whitehead with Alex Parker conductor and the Luminaire Orchestra

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Janie joins all-star cast for Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends gala concert

Stephen Sondheim Theatre : May 2022

On 3 May 2022, Cameron Mackintosh invited many of Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in London’s West End for a thrilling, joyously staged production. He had specially devised it to celebrate Sondheim’s extraordinary talents as a composer and lyricist. All profits from the evening went to the recently formed Stephen Sondheim Foundation which supports new writers.

Featuring an all-star cast including Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Petula Clark, Anna-Jane Casey, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis and Julia McKenzie.

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Janie to star opposite Griff Rhys Jones in An Hour And A Half Late

UK Tour : February - April 2022

All looks rosy in leafy London W4. Peter is about to retire and sell his half of the accountancy business to his partner. They’ll be loaded. Laura has just packed their youngest off to university and the world is their oyster. Will they go on a cruise? Hike in the Himalayas? Take up golf? All that remains is for the documents to be signed. They’re off for a celebratory dinner when Laura drops a bombshell...

Olivier Award winners Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee star in this devastatingly funny portrait of a couple whose five minutes of candid conversation launches an outpouring of emotions, home truths, wine, nibbles and anarchy.

A play co-written by Gerald Sibleyras and Jean Dell, adapted and directed by Belinda Lang.

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Re-scheduled transfer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Charing Cross Theatre : November 2021 - January 2022

Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star. When Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike, so begins a rollicking weekend of rivalry, regret and all-too true premonitions.

 

Christopher Durang’s irresistible comedy is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking, and the troubling onset of middle age, into a laugh-out loud comedy. It won the 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play.

Previously postponed from March 2020, Charing Cross Theatre is delighted to present the London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Walter Bobbie (Tony Award-winner for Chicago), starring 2-time Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee.

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Janie to star in A Little Night Music at Buxton International Festival

Buxton Opera House : July 2021

Taking place during a scandalous weekend in the Scandinavian countryside, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs between a group of frustrated lovers. After years of travelling, glamorous actress Desiree Armfeldt is reunited with her old flame, Fredrik Egerman, whose recent marriage to a young bride still remains unconsummated. Hoping to win Fredrik back, Desiree invites the couple to her mother’s secluded country estate. But when her married lover, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm arrives unexpectedly with his wife, all plans are overturned. As the night unfolds, old passions are rekindled and fresh feelings catch all of the characters by surprise.

Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, A Little Night Music has enjoyed many West End and Broadway revivals since its original production in 1973. It features one of Sondheim’s most memorable scores including the poignant Send in the Clowns and the haunting Night Waltz.

Directed by Paul Kerryson, winner of Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre at the 2014 UK Theatre Awards and Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House. Paul has directed many other musicals by Stephen Sondheim including Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures and Into the Woods.

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Janie to produce and star in Song For Nature for Sky Arts

London Coliseum : April 2021

A special Song for Nature concert will be broadcast on Earth Day (22 April) at 9pm on Sky Arts' Freeview channel.

As part of the concert (filmed over three days at the London Coliseum), Rob Brydon will sing "Lullaby" with the ENO orchestra, while Danielle De Niese will sing a new composition by Hal Cazalet. Brian May and Kerry Ellis will sing a brand-new song as well as a new arrangement of an old classic, while Oscar winning composer Rachel Portman's new piece will be presented by London Voices.

David Suchet, Sheila Atim, Michelle Terry and Jonah Hauer King will all deliver renditions of classic environmental texts, while other performers include Sam Lee and his Nest Collective, Beth Porch, Gerard Finley, a company of young musical stars singing Sondheim and Will Todd's renewal song sung by the ENO Chorus. Nathan Evans will deliver a sea shanty accompanied by the Chorus, while Akram Khan will perform an extract from his piece DESH.

The performance was envisioned by Dominic Dromgoole, with performance directed by Bill Buckhurst (Sweeney Todd), and the television capture directed by Ross MacGibbon (Uncle Vanya). The concert's musical director was Stephen Higgins, its lighting designer was Paul Anderson, and sound designer was Paul Smith. The television capture is produced by stream.theatre.

Janie Dee, who helped conceive the concert, said: "It has been a year like no other. We have all, no doubt, realised the value and preciousness of life. To this end this concert, filmed, in place of a live event, displays a collection of great artists compelled to do what they can to focus on mending the Earth. Amongst may other examples of activism and goodwill across the world, it marks a time we shall never forget. We are given hope by the innovation and will-power of the activists and artists taking part in this concert."

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Janie to star in Rattigan's solo play All On Her Own on stream.theatre

stream.theatre : February 2021

Starring Janie Dee (Follies, The Boy Friend), the show will be available via stream.theatre from 16 to 21 February. It follows Rosemary, a woman who reflects on her secret burden late at night.

 

The piece is directed by Alastair Knights, with Jack McCann as assistant director and original music by Lindsey Miller and will be available for one week only. Rattigan's play was first penned for television but was then performed on stage in 1974, with Zoë Wanamaker appearing in a 2015 revival at the Garrick Theatre.

It is produced by Jack Maple and Brian Zeilinger-Goode's MZG Theatre Productions.

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Janie to open new Crazy Coqs season with Janie Dee: New Life

Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel : September 2020

Janie Dee, one of Britain’s most celebrated actresses, kicks off Crazy Coqs’ September season with a mischievous and personal new solo show.

Accompanied by her musical director Stephen Higgins and drawing on a broad repertoire of jazz, musical and classical songs, Janie reflects on her experience of enforced lock down from the crazy to the enlightening, from lentils to BBQs. Optimistic and entertaining, this evening is above all a celebration of being back together.

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Janie to co-produce and star in A Little Night Music in concert

Holland Park : August 2020

Stephen Sondheim’s wry and beautiful comedy of love and regret, A Little Night Music, comes to Holland Park for a single al fresco concert performance in the year of his 90th birthday. Presented by Quick Fantastic and Janie Dee in association with Opera Holland Park.

Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film, Smiles of a Summer Night, and named after Mozart’s serenade, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Sondheim’s musical weaves a tapestry of songs and waltzes as new romances begin, ex-lovers reunite, and secret passions are revealed. The night smiles three times: first on the young, second on fools, third on the old. Last seen together in the National Theatre’s celebrated production of Follies, Janie Dee and Joanna Riding lead a cast of Olivier Award-winning performers, directed by Alastair Knights. Alex Parker conducts an eight piece ensemble of instrumentalists in Jason Carr’s critically acclaimed orchestration of Sondheim’s score. 

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Janie to produce the London Climate Change Festival

Charing Cross Theatre : May 2020

The London Climate Change Festival will take place at Charing Cross Theatre London from Monday 23rd March until Saturday 16th May 2020, in conjunction with the London transfer of Christopher Durang’s hit Off-Broadway play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike starring two-time Olivier Award winner Janie Dee and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.

Contributors from the arts, science and business will come together before and after performances to talk, entertain and explore ways to live in better harmony with our planet. The Festival will inform, inspire and offer both hope and guidance on how to live a plastic and carbon-free life. It will bring focus on the need for immediate change in how we live on this planet. For eight weeks the Charing Cross Theatre will be a home for real education with joy.

Find out more: London Climate Change Festival

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London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Charing Cross Theatre : March - May 2020

The London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Walter Bobbie (Tony Award-winner for Chicago).

Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star. When Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike, so begins a rollicking weekend of rivalry, regret and all-too true premonitions.

Christopher Durang’s irresistible comedy was the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year and is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking, and the troubling onset of middle age, into a laugh-out loud comedy.

 

Co-starring Vincent Franklin, Rebecca Lacey, Michelle Asante, Charlie Maher, Lukwesa Mwamba.

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Janie to star as Madame Dubonnet in Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend

Menier Chocolate Factory : November 2019 - March 2020

Sandy Wilson's all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies returns for the first major London revival in over 10 years.  Set in Madame Dubonnet's finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted soufflé of a show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.

 

Co-starring Adrian Edmonsdson, Tiffany Graves, Amara Okereke and Issy van Randwyck. Directed by Matthew White

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Janie to star in Off-Broadway play The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

Finborough Theatre : October 2019

At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.

The Niceties is a complex and compelling depiction of racial and generational divides which speaks directly to our polarised, post-truth era, as it asks who gets to tell the story of America, and how.

 

Co-starring Moronkẹ Akinola as Zoe and directed by Matthew Iliffe.

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Janie to star as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's Passion in Italy

Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano, Italy : July 2019

Based on the Italian movie Passione d'amore, Stephen Sondheim's Passion is a story of obsessive love. irected by distinguished opera director Keith Warner and with musical direction by Roland Bӧer, the cast includes Janie Dee, Philip Smith and Anna Gillingham.

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Janie plays Masha in Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning pla

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath : June - July 2019

Christopher Durang’s irresistible comedy was the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year and is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking, and the troubling onset of middle age, into a laugh-out loud comedy.

Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.

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Janie performs her new cabaret Looking Forward

The Pheasantry : May 2019

Janie Dee returns to her favourite cabaret venue for an update on life, love and showbiz. Her career embraces everything from Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe, to acclaimed performances in classic plays, modern dramas and comedies, as well as leading roles in many of the great musicals. In addition, she regularly performs her witty, sophisticated cabarets at leading venues in London and across the UK. 

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Janie and Follies company members perform On Reflection cabarets

Underbelly Festival Southbank : May 2019

Created and performed by the company of the National Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning production of Follies, On Reflection is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with this incredible team of musical theatre performers. Join the cast, including Janie Dee, Alex Hanson and Jo Riding for behind-the-scenes tales set to songs from Follies, in an unforgettable evening of dance and song.

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Janie leads showcase of Hal Cazalet's new musical The Happy Prince

The Place : May 2019

Oscar Wilde's beloved fairy tale is re-imagined for the stage in a modern musical adaptation starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Eastenders), Olivier-award winner Janie Dee (Follies, National Theatre), Sam Archer (Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands) and Sophia Hurdley (Cinderella). 

 

A seamless fusion of dance and song, The Happy Prince tells the story of a swallow's faithful love for the golden statue of a Prince and their race against time to save their town. Wildean themes of greed and corruption, set against the redeeming power of love and sacrifice, resonate with as much urgency in our world today as when Wilde first told the fable to his own children as a bedtime story.

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Janie in Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica with Sophie Okonedo

Channel 4 : April 2019

Jane plays a British diplomat in this powerful and timely 4-part thriller about a dedicated American photojournalist who, when accusations of fake news are levelled against him, tries to reclaim his credibility by setting out to find the subject of his most famous picture – the Tank Man of Tiananmen Square.

Exploring not just the relationship between East and West, but also some of the most urgent issues affecting society today, Chimerica, completely updated from the original play, is set against the 2016 US Presidential election. The series delves deep into the new world of fake news, censorship and the power of political protest.

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Janie joins Pinter at the Pinter Season

Harold Pinter Theatre : November - December 2018

The Jamie Lloyd Company presents an extraordinary season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays on the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner’s death, performed in the theatre that bears his name. The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw and richly funny Moonlight, directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner. Set in the sweaty nightclubs and claustrophobic boarding houses of 1960s London, this is a rare opportunity to see the brilliantly witty and vivid Night School, directed by the inventive young director, Ed Stambollouian.

Cast includes Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World), Bríd Brennan, Janie Dee, Robert Glenister, Isis Hainsworth, Peter Polycarpou, Dwane Walcott & Al Weaver.

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Janie appears in Coryphaeus: Poems from the Celestial Press

29th September 2018

"Coryphaeus" - meaning 'leader of the chorus' - has its origin in the ancient Greek drama of Attica. The ensemble "Coryphaeus" was formed to explore the possibilities of free-form vocal and instrumental improvisation in various combinations. The event "Poems From The Celestial Press" uses Derek Barnes' poetry as the starting point for an evening of words, declaimed and sung, underscored and interwoven with spontaneous freely improvised music. The cycle "Poems From The Celestial Press" draws from the wisdom and inspiration of the heart and spirit, offering love, guidance and strength. St Mary's Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES at 7.30pm Admission: Fee (or donation £10)

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Janie to star in Don't Tell Me Not To Fly at the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe Festival : August 2018

Janie will star along with West End leading ladies Danielle Hope, Ria Jones and Claire Sweeney in Don’t Tell Me Not To Fly, which will play at newly refurbished McEwan Hall, Bristo Square at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Each day a celebrated West End star will take centre stage to perform songs from smash hit West End and Broadway musicals and iconic movies, as well as modern pop classics, sharing the highs and lows of her life on and off stage.

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Janie to star in Torben Betts' new play Monogamy

Park Theatre & UK Tour : May - July 2018

Janie will star as celebrity TV cook Caroline Mortimer in Torben Betts' new play Monogamy, which will have a five-week run at the Park Theatre in London this summer following a short UK tour.

 

The play will be directed by Alastair Whatley and produced by The Original Theatre Company, Ghost Light Theatre and Eilene Davidson.

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Janie filming Official Secrets with Keira Knightley & Matt SMith

Filming : March 2018, release October 2019

Official Secrets is a 2019 British drama film based on the case of whistleblower Katharine Gun, who leaked a memo exposing an illegal spying operation by American and British intelligence services to gauge sentiment of and potentially blackmail United Nations diplomats tasked to vote on a resolution regarding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The film is directed by Gavin Hood, and Gun is portrayed by Keira Knightley. The film also stars Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Adam Bakri, Indira Varma and Ralph Fiennes.

Janie plays Jan Clements, legal adviser to the Observer newspaper which broke the story.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 28 January 2019 and was released in the United States on 30 August 2019, by IFC Films, and in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2019, by Entertainment One.

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Janie receives multiple award nominations for Follies

National Theatre : December 2017

Janie has been nominated for the Olivier Award 2018 for Best Actress in a Musical, the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Performance and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Phyllis Rogers Stone in Dominic Cooke's revival of Sondheim's Follies at the National Theatre.

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Janie to launch Janie Dee at the BBC album with cabarets at Zedel's

Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel : Oct 2017

Janie will perform a series of cabarets to launch her new CD, Janie Dee at the BBC in the intimate surroundings of the Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel at 7.00pm. The performances on Tues 3rd and Wed 4th will be followed by a special late-night cabaret, entitled Off The Record at 9.15pm. She will perform a selection songs from the new album and welcome some surprise guests to the stage at certain performances.

 

Further information and purchase your copy visit Auburn Jam Music

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Janie to perform new cabaret Sisters & Friends

PizzaExpress Live Holborn : October 2017

Janie will perform a special cabaret celebrating Sisters & Friends for one night only at the beautiful new cabaret room at PizzaExpress Live Holborn.

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Janie to star as Phyllis Rogers Stone in Stephen Sondheim's Follies 

National Theatre : August 2017 - January 2018

Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s classic musical comes to the NT for the first time. NT Associate Director Dominic Cooke directs a cast including Imelda Staunton as Sally Durant Plummer, Janie Dee as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Peter Forber as Buddy and Philip Quast as Benjamin Stone.

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Janie to star in Penelope Skinner's new play Linda in New York

Manhattan Theater Club : February - April 2017

Janie takes the title role in the American Premiere of Penelope Skinner's acclaimed play Linda at Manhattan Theatre Club this spring. Previews begin 7th February with the Press Night on 28th February.

 

Linda Wilde has it all. She’s an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. MTC is proud to present this timely, moving and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (last season’s acclaimed The Ruins of Civilization) in the American premiere directed by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. The play was celebrated in London in its run at the Royal Court Theatre.

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Janie opens new cabaret Janie Dee and The Gentlemen 

The Pheasantry : September 2016

Fresh from performing Cleopatra with Shakespeare’s Globe at the Hollywood Bowl, Janie returns to stylish London cabaret venue, The Pheasantry on the King's Road with her brand new cabaret, Janie Dee and The Gentlemen. Expect an eclectic selection of classic and new songs as well as entertaining personal anecdotes. Not to be missed!

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Janie to play Shakespeare's Cleopatra at Hollywood Bowl & Barbican

Hollywood Bowl & Barbican London : August - October 2016

Janie is to star as Cleopatra and Beatrice with Shakespeare's Globe and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, in two special concerts at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles which will be reprised at London's Barbican in October 2016.

 

The collaboration marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and includes classic scenes from Anthony & Cleapatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet, as well as music inspired by the timeless plays by Korngold, Schmitt, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky.

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Janie is guest presenter at WhatsOnStage Awards 2016

Prince of Wales Theatre : February 2016

Winners of the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced in a live ceremony on Sunday 21st February at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. Steve Furst hosted the awards alongside guest presenters, including Janie,  and several musical theatre stars who performed during the evening, including Jenna Russell who performed a song from 'Grey Gardens' and Emma Williams and Tracie Bennett who sang a duet from 'Mrs Henderson Presents'.

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Janie to star in West End transfer of hit Broadway play Hand To God

Vaudeville Theatre : February - June 2016

Janie will star as Margery in the London transfer of Robert Askins's Tony-nominated, hit Broadway play Hand To God, playing at the Vaudeville Theatre from Feburary 2016. Joining Janie in the cast are Neil Pearson, Harry Melling, Kevin Mains and Jemima Rooper (with whom Janie appeared in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre in 2014).

 

This hilarious and provocative new comedy lands direct from Broadway, where the New York Times hailed it "Wickedly funny" and the New Yorker called it "Sesame Street meets the Exorcist". 

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Janie celebrates the Kings Of Broadway: Herman, Sondheim & Styne

Palace Theatre : November 2015

Kings of Broadway celebrates the music of three of the most prolific musical theatre composers: Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim & Jule Styne. Conducted by Alex Parker and directed by Alastair Knights, the creative team behind A Little Night Music in concert at the Palace Theatre in January, this spectacular concert will feature an all star cast and thirty-piece onstage orchestra performing music by these great musical theatre composers. Cast includes Alastair Brammer, Fra Fee, Richard Fleeshman, Peter Lockyer, Jamie Parker, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Anne Reid and Caroline Sheen.

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Janie joins Jamie Parker reading poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Voice and the Echo

Shakspearre's Globe : November 2015

Following the success of last year’s Winter’s Tales, in which actors read aloud stirring short stories under the glorious candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this series brings a melting pot of classic and contemporary poetry to the stage in what is bound to be a memorable and evocative evening. 

 

With new and existing poems by Fiona Benson, John Burnside, Helen Dunmore, Philip Gross, David Harsent, Zaffar Kunial, Gwyneth Lewis, Toby Martinez de la Rivas, Andrew McMillan, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Peter Oswald, Declan Ryan and Anne Stevenson. Janie and Jamie are joined by guitarist Gary Ryan.

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Janie in new Channel 4 comedy Crashing by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Filming September 2015 & broadcast February 2016

Written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch, Drifters, Fleabag), and produced by the award-winning Big Talk Productions (Friday Night Dinner, Him & Her), Crashing crashes straight into the lives of six twenty-to-thirty-something adults living together as Property Guardians in a disused hospital. Filming begins this September.

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Janie to star in Chekhov's The Seagull at Regent's Park

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre : June - July 2015

This summer Janie will star as Irina Arkadina in Chekhov's first great play The Seagull, in a new adaptation by Torben Betts at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster.

 

The cast also includes Sabrina Bartlett as Nina, Alex Robertson as Trigorin, Matthew Tennyson as Konstantin and Danny Webb as Dorn.

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Dream Queen: Janie Dee and Friends at SamWanamaker Playhouse

May 2015

Exploring themes of royalty, travel and her experiences at the Globe, Janie will sing a selection of famous show tunes and pop songs, along with well-known English classics. The evening will also include music by international composers and a dash of Shakespeare. 

 

Janie will share the stage with special guest performers including Olivier Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson and celebrated cabaret artist, songwriter and screenwriter Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Part of the London Festival of Cabaret.

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Janie to star in Eugene O'Neill's Ah Wilderness! at the Young Vic

Young Vic : April - May 2015

Janie is to play Essie Miller in Eugene O’Neill’s warmest, most delightful play; an authentic portrait of a Connecticut childhood - complete with moonlit beaches, firecrackers, booze and a powerfully dark undertow. 

 

The cast includes George MacKay (Pride, Sunshine on Leith), and is directed by Natalie Abrahami following her acclaimed Happy Days.

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Janie returns to Crazy Coqs​ with Dee-licious, Lightful & Lovely!

10th - 14th March 2015

Janie returns to the beautiful Crazy Coqs room with her new show Dee-Licious, Lightful and Lovely! - an eclectic mix of her favourite songs and stories, performed in a wide range of vocal styles including jazz, pop, ballads, Broadway and musical theatre. 

 

She will be accompanied by The Parker Boys - Alex Parker on piano and David Shaw-Parker on guitar. Shows at 8.00pm

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Janie to play Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road at Salisbury Playhouse

Salisbury Playhouse : February 2015

Janie is to play Helene Hanff in James Roose-Evans's adaptation of '84 Charing Cross Road' at Salisbury Playhouse in February next year. Clive Francis will play Frank Doel and James Roose-Evans will also direct the production. The production opens on 5th February and runs until 28th February 2015.

 

The cast includes Alice Haig, Jemma Churchill, Lysette Anthony, Samuel Townsend, Ted Merwood.

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Janie to reprise Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music in Concert

 Palace Theatre : January 2015

Janie is to play Desiree Armfeldt in Alex Parker & Alastair Knights's one-night-only concert  performance of Stephen Sondheim's 'A Little Night Music' at the Palace Theatre, London on Monday 26th January 2015 at 7.00pm. 

 

The cast includes Anne Reid, Joanna Riding, David Birrell, Jamie Parker and Laura Pitt-Pullford.

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Janie plays Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream on tour

Shakespeare's Globe Asia & Russia Tour : September - November 2014

Janie is to play Titania/Hippolyta in Dominic Dromgoole's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on the forthcoming Shakespeare's Globe Tour of Asia & Russia. The production will open at the Rose Theatre, Kingston on 5th September and then tour to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre before travelling to China, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore & Hong Kong.

 

The cast includes Aden Gillet as Oberon/Theseus and Trevor Fox as Bottom.

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Masterclass on The Art Of Performance at the Hippodrome

Matcham Room : May 2014

Joining this second London Festival of Cabaret direct on the heels of last year’s sensational sell-out event at the St James Theatre, Janie will take some of the UK’s most promising emerging talents through their paces in front of a live audience sharing her insights on how to tell story through song. Supported by The Noel Coward Foundation.

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Broadcast date set for On Her Majesty's Secret Service radio dramatisation

BBC Radio 4 : May 2014

Janie has recorded a new dramatisation of the classic Ian Fleming James Bond novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service for broadcast on BBC Radio 4. This is the third time Janie has played Miss Moneypenny for Radio 4, having previously recorded 'Dr No' and 'From Russia With Love'. 

 

James Bond is played by Toby Stephens and the production is directed by Martin Jarvis. Broadcast details are: Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 2.30pm on BBC Radio 4

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Janie to perform her Cabaret at The Pheasantry

The Pheasantry : January - February 2014

As well as appearing in Putting It Together at the St James Theatre, Janie is to perform her eclectic and sophisticated Cabaret later in the evening at The Pheasantry, Pizza Express Live, Kings Road, London from Tuesday 28th January until Saturday 1st February 2014 at 10pm. She will be accompanied by her regular Musical Director, Ben Atkinson.​ 

 

Award-winning composer, arranger and musical director, Jason Carr will debut his own Cabaret at 8.30pm each evening.

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Janie to star in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela Lansbury

Gielgud Theatre : March - June 2014

Janie is to play Ruth in the West End revival of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' from 18th March 2014, with previews from 1st March, for a limited 15 week run until June. The production will also star Charles Edwards as Charles Condomine, Jemima Rooper as Elvira, Simon Jones as Dr. Bradman, Serena Evans as Mrs Bradman and Patsy Ferran as Edith.

 

Dame Angela Lansbury played Madame Arcati on Broadway to great acclaim in 2009 and won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her performance. The London production marks her first appearance on the London stage for almost 40 years. Simon Jones will also reprise his Broadway role as Dr. Bradman.

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Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together transfers to the St James Theatre

ST James Theatre : January - February 2014

Janie is to reprise her performance in Stephen Sondheim's 'Putting It Together', previously seen in Guildford earlier this year. This will be the London Premiere of the show which will play at the St James Theatre from 14th January  until 1st February 2014. David Bedella, Daniel Crossley, Damian Humbley and Caroline Sheen will also return to the production.

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Janie wins 2013 TMA UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical

20th October 2013

Janie has won the UK Theatre Award 2013 for Best Performance in a Musical for her acclaimed performance in Hello Dolly! at Curve Leicester.  The Theatrical Management Association UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Awards were presented on Sunday 20th October at a lunchtime ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall.

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Janie to guest in Edward Seckerson's Singular Sensations series

Charing Cross Theatre : November 2013

Janie will be writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson'sspecial as part of his 'Singular Sensations' series at London's Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 3pm. Through a mix of chat, recordings, and live performance Seckerson will be tracing talented artists’ careers and uncovering insights into their working process. 

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Janie to appear in London Festival of Cabaret at St James Theatre

St James Theatre : November 2013

Janie is to perform her eclectic and sophisticated cabaret at the Studio, St James Theatre on Sunday 3rd November 2013 at 8.00pm as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. She will be accompanied by her Musical Director, Ben Atkinson.

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Janie to star in Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together at G Live

27th  - 29th September 2013

Janie is to play Woman One in the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together for four performances at G Live Studio in Guildford from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th September, alongside David Bedella, Daniel Crossley, Damian Humbley and Caroline Sheen. The director is Alastair Knights, musical director Alex Parker and choreographer Matt Rowland, assisted by Scarlet Wilderink.

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Janie filming The Trouble with Dot & Harry with Neil Morrissey

6th August 2013

Janie is currently filming 'The Trouble with Dot & Harry' with award-winning American director and writer, Gary Walkow (Grand Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival), starring opposite Neil Morrissey.

The film tells the story of Diane, who receives a call from distant ex beau, Richard saying  he's coming over and could he stay? When he arrives  Diane's children , Dot and Harry challenge Richard at every turn and when a crisis in the family calls Diane away, she leaves Richard to look after them.  At first he is completely out of his depth but their friendship is formed over an article on coffee that Richard has been commissioned to write. When Diane returns however, she is concerned at what she finds... until Dot reveals that all is not as it first appears.

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Janie to play Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music - In Concert

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre : June 2013

Janie is to play Desiree Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim's 1973 musical A Little Night Music - In Concert at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on Sunday 16th June at 7.00pm.

The cast also includes David Birrell, Joanna Riding, Hadley Fraser, Julia Sutton, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Fra Fee and Anna O'Byrne. The concert will be directed by Alastair Knights and conducted by Alex Parker.

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Janie to perform That Obscure Hurt at the Aldeburgh Festival

Aldeburgh Festival & BBC Radio 3 : June 2013

Janie and Kurt Elling will perform readings in a new symphonic work by Guy Barker and Robert Ryan entitled That Obscure Hurt, which is inspired by the ghost stories of Henry James and will be performed on Wednesday 12th June at 7.30pm, and also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, as part of the Britten anniversary celebrations at the Aldeburgh Festival.

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Janie records Miss Moneypenny in On Her Majesty's Secret Service

BBC Radio 4 : May 2013

Janie has recorded a new dramatisation of the classic Ian Fleming James Bond novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service for future broadcast on Radio 4. This is the third time Janie has played Miss Moneypenny for Radio 4, having previously recorded Dr No and From Russia With Love.  James Bond is played by Toby Stephens. Broadcast details to be announced.

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Janie nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Supporting Actress for NSFW

26th March 2013

Today it was announced that Janie has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her perfomance as Miranda in NSFW by Lucy Kirkwood at the Royal Court. This is Janie's fourth Olivier Award nomination, having previously received nominations for 'My One and Only' (Best Actress in a Musical) and winning Olivier Awards for 'Comic Potential' (Best Actress) and 'Carousel' (Best Supporting Actress in a Musical). ​

 

This year's Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 28th April at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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Janie opens as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! at Curve Leicester

Curve Leicester : December 2012 - January 2013

Hello Dolly! opens at The Curve, Leicester on Wednesday 5th December 2012 and runs until 19th January 2013 including a one week extension. The production reunites the critically-acclaimed creative team which staged the musical spectaculars Gypsy (Curve) and The King and I (Curve and National Tour). The production is directed by Curve Artistic Director, Paul Kerryson, designed by Sara Perks, choreographed by David Needham and musical direction is by Ben Atkinson.

This is Janie's second major musical at the Curve, having played Anna Leonowens in The King and I, in 2010 also directed by Paul Kerryson.

The cast includes Dale Rapley as Horace Vandergelder, Lara Pitt-Pulford as Irene Molloy and Michael Xavier as Cornelius Hackl.

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Lucy Kirkwood's NSFW concludes sell-out run at The Royal Court

The Royal Court : November 2012

Lucy Kirkwood's new play NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) ended its acclaimed, sell-out run at the Royal Court on Saturday 24th November. It was playwright Lucy Kirkwood's Royal Court debut and was directed by Simon Godwin, winner of the Evening Standard Award for Emerging Director with a cast of Julian Barratt, Janie Dee, Kevin Doyle, Sacha Dhawan, Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Esther Smith. Janie played ruthless magazine editor, Miranda in this satire on contemporary media culture and attitudes

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Michael Frayn's Noises Off transfers to Novello Theatre

Novello Theatre : March - June 2012

The Old Vic's revival of Noises Off, Michael Frayn's multi-award winning 1982 comedy, transferred to the West End's Novello Theatre from 24 March and played a limited season to 30 June 2012. Lindsay Posner's production, which has played an extended run from 13 December 2011 (previews from 3 December), played at the Old Vic until 10 March 2012.

 

The Old Vic's all-star staging had a cast which included Celia Imrie, Janie Dee, Jonathan Coy, Robert Glenister, Paul Ready, Karl Johnson and Jamie Glover, all of whom transfered with the production. Aisling Loftus and Amy Nuttall, who played Poppy Norton-Taylor and Brooke Ashton respectively in the Old Vic production, did not transfer to the West End where the roles were played by Alice Bailey-Johnson and Lucy Briggs-Owen.

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