Jenny Ell

Jenny Ell Jenny is a freelance stage manager, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010.

Professional work includes: Wicked (UK tour), Our House & Merrily We Roll Along (Old Rep, Birmingham), War Horse (UK tour), The Lion King (UK tour), Spend, Spend, Spend & Just So (Birmingham Ormiston Academy), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer Productions), Wings of Desire (International Dance Festival Birmingham), Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk (Solihull Arts Complex), Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow & Liberace: Live From Heaven (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre).

Predominantly Midlands-based, Jenny is also a keen writer in her spare time and frequently writes for Whatsonstage Central. She is proud to be part of the BroadwayWorld reviewers' team.
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BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Curve Theatre Leicester, April 14 2016BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Curve Theatre Leicester, April 14 2016
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BWW Interview: Director Samir Bhamra on BRING ON THE BOLLYWOODBWW Interview: Director Samir Bhamra on BRING ON THE BOLLYWOOD
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BWW Interview: Jon Robyns on LEGALLY BLONDE at Curve LeicesterBWW Interview: Jon Robyns on LEGALLY BLONDE at Curve Leicester
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BWW Review: DORIAN GRAY, Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, April 22 2016BWW Review: DORIAN GRAY, Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, April 22 2016
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CINDERELLA, 'The World's Biggest Panto', At Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Christmas 2015CINDERELLA, 'The World's Biggest Panto', At Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Christmas 2015
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BWW Reviews: 42ND STREET, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, August 13 2015BWW Reviews: 42ND STREET, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, August 13 2015
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BWW SPOTLIGHT: Vienna Festival Ballet's Principal Female Dancer Emily-Joy SmithBWW SPOTLIGHT: Vienna Festival Ballet's Principal Female Dancer Emily-Joy Smith
Posted: May. 26, 2015


BWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, February 23 2016BWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, February 23 2016
Posted: Feb. 24, 2016


BWW Reviews: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Regent Theatre Stoke, September 21 2015BWW Reviews: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, Regent Theatre Stoke, September 21 2015
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BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, December 21 2015BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, December 21 2015
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BWW Interview: Jon Robyns on LEGALLY BLONDE at Curve LeicesterBWW Interview: Jon Robyns on LEGALLY BLONDE at Curve Leicester
April 30, 2016

Jon Robyns has had a sensational career in musical theatre over the last twelve years and has a CV that most performers could only dream of. He had had leading roles in productions such as Avenue Q, Les Miserables, Spamalot and Memphis to name but a few. Currently, he is playing Emmett Forrest in Curve's production of Legally Blonde in Leicester. BWW:UK speak to Robyns about his time on the show thus far, as well as career highlights and future goals.
BWW Review: DORIAN GRAY, Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, April 22 2016BWW Review: DORIAN GRAY, Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, April 22 2016
April 25, 2016

BWW Interview: Director Samir Bhamra on BRING ON THE BOLLYWOODBWW Interview: Director Samir Bhamra on BRING ON THE BOLLYWOOD
April 22, 2016

With the rise of shows like Bombay Dreams and the smash-hit West End musical Bend It Like Beckham ushering in a new dawn for the British musical, the nation's appetite for Bollywood spectacle shows no signs of slowing. It is from this rich cinematic culture that life-long Bollywood fan and Theatre Director Samir Bhamra drew inspiration for his latest musical mash-up, Bring On The Bollywood.
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Curve Theatre Leicester, April 14 2016BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Curve Theatre Leicester, April 14 2016
April 15, 2016

Legally Blonde the Musical has had an array of productions all over the world since its 2007 Broadway opening. Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, the story of love, faith and pushing past stereotypes has being capturing the hearts of theatregoers ever since. Famous for its outstanding quality of work, the Curve in Leicester is currently presenting a brand new version of the show, directed by Artistic Director Nikolai Foster.
OLIVIER AWARDS 2016: Jenny Ell's PicksOLIVIER AWARDS 2016: Jenny Ell's Picks
March 31, 2016

In any awards ceremony, there is always one category that is almost a dead cert. Sometimes I resent the fact that this is the case and really feel for those others in the category who quite frankly don't stand a chance; even though they too worked their socks off to get the nomination. The category I'm referring to this year is Best Actress in a Musical.
BWW Review: THE PERFECT MURDER, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, March 29 2016BWW Review: THE PERFECT MURDER, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, March 29 2016
March 30, 2016

Back in February 2014, I watched the first touring production of Peter James' novel The Perfect Murder starring Les Dennis and Claire Goose as unhappily married couple Victor and Joan Smiley. Following this, Dead Simple - another of James' books - was adapted for the stage; here testament to his appeal and ability to make the text jump off the stage and stand up dramatically. The Perfect Murder is now playing across the UK again but this time with an ingenious casting move. Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace or Kat and Alfie from BBC's Eastenders are playing the two leads.
BWW Review: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, Birmingham Rep Theatre, March 23 2016BWW Review: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, Birmingham Rep Theatre, March 23 2016
March 25, 2016

With an original publication date back in 1836, Nikolai Gogol's satirical play The Government Inspector is certainly not new writing. Some 180 years on, the text centring on greed and political anarchy in Russia is still being performed. The storyline has had a wealth of incarnations over the years in film, theatre and TV; including a particularly memorable episode of Fawlty Towers. Ultimately a comedy, the play tells of a town expecting a visit from a Government Inspector and before this happens, the Mayor has to try and tidy up/hide all of his wrong doings towards the discontented local people. When a well-dressed and seemingly charming gentleman Khlestakov arrives, the townsfolk all jump to the conclusion that he is the Inspector. But is he?
BWW Review: WITCHES OF EASTWICK, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, March 19 2016BWW Review: WITCHES OF EASTWICK, Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, March 19 2016
March 22, 2016

Stage musical Witches of Eastwick was adapted from John Updike's novel of the same name thirteen years after the film was released in 1987- starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. The show opened in London to mixed reviews but since then has been performed internationally. The last time it was seen professionally in this country was on the 2008 UK tour, starring Marti Pellow - a production I was fortunate enough to see.
BWW Interview: Lucy Keirl on ROMEO & JULIET at the WatermillBWW Interview: Lucy Keirl on ROMEO & JULIET at the Watermill
March 4, 2016

Artistic and Executive Director of the WatermillPaul Hartopened his new production ofRomeoandJuliet earlier this week, the first of his inaugural season at The Watermill Theatre.
BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS, Birmingham Rep Theatre, February 29 2016BWW Review: THE 39 STEPS, Birmingham Rep Theatre, February 29 2016
March 1, 2016

The fifth longest-running play in the West End, The 39 Steps is currently being performed country-wide as part of its tenth anniversary tour. This multiple award-winning comedy was originally adapted by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon from Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film of the same name for a cast of only four people. It had humble beginnings and played to small audiences in village halls across the North of England. Some ten years later, Patrick Barlow rewrote the script whilst keeping the intimate nature and genius simplicity already found. It is this version, albeit with different directors in different venues, that has had great success.
BWW Interview: Aizzah Fatima & Erica Gould on Dirty Pakistani LingerieBWW Interview: Aizzah Fatima & Erica Gould on Dirty Pakistani Lingerie
March 1, 2016

Following its sold-out tour in 2014/15, the award-winning Dirty Pakistani Lingerie - a one-woman show based on Muslim-American women - returns for a 15-date UK tour. BWW:UK spoke to writer and actress Aizzah Fatima and Director Erica Gould about the production.
BWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, February 23 2016BWW Review: END OF THE RAINBOW, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, February 23 2016
February 24, 2016

Film and stage biopics surrounding the life of a celebrity hold particular intrigue for many people. They can be inherently risky due to the validity of the information being portrayed but ultimately, the general public want to gain an otherwise unforeseen insight into that person's life. Here with the legendary Judy Garland as the subject, she certainly provided a story worth telling. Sadly like most other biographies of its kind, End Of The Rainbow is essentially a tragedy which focuses on the final demise of Judy's personal health and relationships during what should have been her comeback in London in 1968.
BWW Review: IMPOSSIBLE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, February 16 2016BWW Review: IMPOSSIBLE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, February 16 2016
February 17, 2016

Fresh from its hugely successful run in the West End,Impossibleis a brand new stage spectacle featuring six of the best magicians and illusionists that this country has to offer. From death-defying stunts to close-up magic, the show manages to strike the perfect balance in scale and has the audiences enchanted and on the edge of their seats for the whole two and a half hour show.
BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE Original Studio Cast RecordingBWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE Original Studio Cast Recording
February 16, 2016

Originally staged in 1984, The Importance remains the only musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest to run in London. After a limited run here, the production found a new lease of life in Peterborough two years later under a different title, Born in a Handbag. This recording has been a labour of love with over twenty years in production and is being released by Stage Door Records at the end of this month.
BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Old Joint Stock Birmingham, February 10 2016BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Old Joint Stock Birmingham, February 10 2016
February 11, 2016

Prior to a UK tour beginning next month, the Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company are currently presenting American Idiot at their resident home in Birmingham. Winner of two Tony Awards, the show opened to great acclaim on Broadway in 2010 after a short out-of-town run and has enjoyed productions all over the world including a successful West End run last year. Featuring the Green Day back catalogue, the show also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, as well as being responsible for the music and lyrics, also co-wrote the book alongside Michael Mayer whom directed the original production.
BWW Review: THE SISTERHOOD, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, February 2 2016BWW Review: THE SISTERHOOD, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, February 2 2016
February 3, 2016

Based on Moliere's Les Femmes Savantes, The Sisterhood is currently playing at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. The production is directed by their Artistic Director Hamish Glen and has been relocated in time from the late 1600's to the 1980's; visually a complete contradiction but relevant based on theme.
BWW Interview: Lisa Maxwell on END OF THE RAINBOWBWW Interview: Lisa Maxwell on END OF THE RAINBOW
February 2, 2016

A hit in the West End and on Broadway, End of the Rainbow will embark on a UK tour this month, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland.
BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, January 25 2016BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, January 25 2016
January 26, 2016

Following a remarkably successful live cinema broadcast across Europe in September last year, The Rocky Horror Show is still riding the wave of its 40th anniversary celebrations. The year-long UK tour kicked off in December and last night brought the house down at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.
BWW Interview: Tom Chambers & Charlotte Richie on PRIVATE LIVESBWW Interview: Tom Chambers & Charlotte Richie on PRIVATE LIVES
January 24, 2016

BWW:UK caught up with the stars of Private Lives, Tom Chambers and Charlotte Richie at the start of their UK tour.
BWW Review: THE SNOWMAN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, January 21 2016BWW Review: THE SNOWMAN, Birmingham Rep Theatre, January 21 2016
January 21, 2016

The Snowman has been a widely recognised and fondly regarded book and film since its conception by Raymond Briggs in the late 1970's. It has had an annual Christmas TV slot since 1982 and the 26-minute film was even nominated for an Academy Award - not bad considering it derived from a children's picture book with no words! In 1986, the story was made into a stage show with Birmingham Rep producing the most notable version in 1993. It is here that I revisited the show thirty years after its stage debut.


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