Aled Jones to Host Julie Andrews' UK Tour

Iconic star of stage and screen Dame Julie Andrews will be coming to the U.K. this May for a tour of speaking engagements, where lucky fans will enjoy a special evening with the much loved legend from the world of entertainment.

"An Evening with Julie Andrews" will be hosted by multi-platinum selling singer and popular presenter, Aled Jones. Andrews will provide a rare and unique insight into the life and career of the beloved international star best known for her stage performances on Broadway in The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady, Camelot and her award-winning screen performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and the motion picture version of Victor-Victoria, to mention but a few.

This Academy Award recipient and winner of multiple Golden Globes, BAFTA's, Emmy's and Grammy's will weave in professional and personal anecdotes as well as showing highlights from her life during her live chat. She will also discuss her philanthropy and activism on behalf of various causes and charities. The second half of the program will include a segment of questions and answers from the audience, which Dame Andrews enjoys very much.

Dame Andrews has been entertaining multi-generational audiences for more than 65 years. She made her London debut performance at the Hippodrome - Leicester Square at the age of 12 and appeared in her first Royal Command Performance when she was 13 years old. Dame Andrews continues to delight a new generation of fans with more recent roles in The Princess Diaries, Shrek, The Tooth Fairy and Despicable Me. She is an accomplished best-selling author of children's books, several of which are currently being adapted for the stage and screen.

Aled said: "Like the rest of the world I have grown up watching Julie Andrews. From afar I have marvelled at her many enchanting performances on stage and screen. I am delighted to host the second half of the programme as we discover more about her incredible career. She is an icon and true heroine of mine."

Dame Julie Andrews said: "It is a great joy for me to be returning to my home country. I look forward to sharing stories of my career and providing the audience with a few extra nuggets that may not have been seen before."

The announcement comes after a recent sell-out 6 city tour in Australia and New Zealand.

U-Live (a division of Universal Music, Arts and Entertainment) are pleased to announce that tickets and VIP Packages for NIA Birmingham, Liverpool, Echo Arena, the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London and the Bournemouth International Centre are on sale now and available at www.U-Live.com or www.Ticketmaster.co.uk

Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honoured star of stage, screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964's Mary Poppins. Andrews' iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year, she earned a second Oscar nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her unforgettable portrayal of Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She received her third Academy Award nomination and won another Golden Globe Award for her "dual" role in Victor/Victoria.

Today's young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a Queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films The Princess Diaries and its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. More recently, she voiced the narration of the hugely successful Disney release of Enchanted. In 2010, Ms Andrews added to her multi-generational appeal with the release of films - The Tooth Fairy, Shrek Goes Fourth and Despicable Me. Her earlier motion picture credits also include The Americanisation of Emily, Hawaii, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star!, Darling Lili and 10, to name only a few.

Julie was born and raised in England, where she first came to fame as a young musical performer on stage and on radio. She was still in her teens when she made her way across the Atlantic and to Broadway, in her 1953 debut in the musical The Boy Friend. She went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in Lerner and Loewe's Broadway musical My Fair Lady, which became an instant classic and the longest-running musical of its day. Andrews also won a New York Drama Critics Award and garnered a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She received another Tony Award nomination in 1961 when she originated the role of Queen Guinevere in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. Thirty-five years later, Ms Andrews returned to Broadway to star in the 1995 stage adaptation of Victor/Victoria. Julie's career came full circle in 2005 when she Directed a revival of The Boy Friend which toured throughout North America.




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