Janie Dee Discusses a Life in Showbiz as the Singular Sensations Season Continues at the Charing Cross Theatre on Remembrance Sunday, November 10th 2013
Singular Sensations continues its autumn run at the Charing Cross Theatre as the multi-talented Janie Dee joins Edward Seckerson on Remembrance Sunday, Sunday 10th November at 3pm to talk about her glittering career.
With a TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical (Hello Dolly) joining her two Olivier, Evening Standard and Critic's Circle Awards on an already heaving mantelpiece last week, few performers of Dee's generation have proved themselves as versatile. A renowned and skilled interpreter of the works of Harold Pinter and Alan Ayckbourn to cabaret chanteuse, Dee discusses an award-winning career intersecting the afternoon with intimate live performances.
In honour of Remembrance Sunday, Janie will be dedicating a special part of the show to those who have lost their lives in warfare. A passionate anti-war campaigner, Dee conceptualised and produced 2003's Concert For Peace which brought together some of the biggest names in theatre - including such west-end glitterati as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Adrian Lester, Samantha Bond, Sian Phillips and Lindsay Duncan - for a one-off anti-Iraq protest show. It was here that Janie first met, and developed, her enduring friendship and working relationship with fellow promoter of peace, the late Harold Pinter.
Edward Seckerson - formerly the presenter of BBC Radio 3's long-running musical theatre show Stage and Screen is to host a series of in-depth encounters with stars of musical theatre at London's Charing Cross Theatre.
This winter's inaugural season of intimate sessions will become a regular Sunday afternoon fixture for musical theatre enthusiasts. Through a mix of chat, recordings, and live performance Seckerson will be tracing these talented artists' careers and uncovering insights into their working process. Kerry Ellis, Howard Goodall, Janie Dee and Jenna Russell will all perform live. John Wilson and Patricia Routledge will share favourite or treasured recordings.
15 Sept 2013 - Kerry Ellis
6 Oct 2013 - Howard Goodall
10 Nov 2013 - Janie Dee
8 Dec 2013 - John Wilson
19 Jan 2014 - Patricia Routledge
26 Jan 2014 - Jenna Russell
All performances start at 3pm
Kerry Ellis amassed a legion of adoring fans when she went "green" playing Elphaba in Stephen Schwartz' smash-hit musical Wicked both in London and on Broadway. But her pre-eminence as a musical-theatre-diva-cum-rock-chick was secured earlier still when Brian May, the celebrated lead guitarist of Queen, asked her to play Meat in the Queen/Ben Elton show We Will Rock You. May quickly recognised a symbiosis between them and their CD single Wicked in Rock sprung a rip-roaring reimagining of Defying Gravity with Brian May's amazing guitar riffs a key feature. Kerry has toured extensively with May and their second album together Acoustic By Candlelight has recently been released.
Howard Goodall is an award-winning composer of musicals - including the iconic The Hired Man and more recently Love Story - choral and TV music including The Vicar of Dibley, Blackadder, and Red Dwarf. As a TV presenter his recent BBC 2 series and its accompanying book The Story of Music made waves and he can be heard as both presenter and composer-in-residence on Classic FM. In 2009 he was named Composer of the Year at the Classical BRIT Awards.