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Ria Jones

 
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Ria has performed in many of the top West End Musicals and Touring Productions over the past thirty years. Most recently standing in for Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard for The English National Opera's production at The London Coliseum. She has played the leading lady in Chess, ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
Ria has performed in many of the top West End Musicals and Touring Productions over the past thirty years. Most recently standing in for Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard for The English National Opera's production at The London Coliseum. She has played the leading lady in Chess, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Production, 2021
  [West End]
English National Opera West End Revival, 2016
Ensemble
  [West End]
London Revival, 2005
Liz Imbrie
  [London Fringe]
London Revival, 2004
Victoria

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
London Production, 2021

  [West End]
English National Opera West End Revival, 2016
Ensemble

  [West End]
London Revival, 2005
Liz Imbrie

  [London Fringe]
London Revival, 2004
Victoria

Ria Jones Biography

Ria has performed in many of the top West End Musicals and Touring Productions over the past thirty years. Most recently standing in for Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard for The English National Opera's production at The London Coliseum. She has played the leading lady in Chess, Cats, Evita, Les Miserables, Nine, High Society, Anything Goes, The Witches of Eastwick, Honk, Victor Victoria, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Into The Woods, A Little Night Music, Closer Than Ever, Romance Romance, Personals, Acorn Antiques and 42nd St. She was also chosen by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to create the role of Norma Desmond for his first ever showing of Sunset Boulevard. Concerts take Ria all over the world, performing with many world class orchestras. She is a regular soloist at The Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed for the Danish Royal Family and at Buckingham Palace by Royal Request. As well as many cast albums, She has guested on numerous albums with the RPO and has also released her solo album 'Have You Met Miss Jones'. TV appearances include, 3 Royal Variety shows, her own TV show for BBC Wales, and Wales In The West End, to name but a few. For more information, live footage and photographs of Ria, please go to Riajones.co.uk



Other theatre credits include: Josephine and Monica in Romance Romance (Bridewell Theatre); Necrophorous in Nine (Donmar Warehouse); Kim in the European premiere of the musical revue Personals (New End Theatre, Hampstead); the creation of the role of Emma West in A Twist of Fate (Jubilee Theatre, Raffles Hotel, Singapore); Petra in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Ida in Honk! (Victoria Theatre, Singapore); the title role in the European premiere of Victor/Victoria (Bridewell Theatre); Liz Imbrie in High Society (UK tour 2004/5 and Shaftesbury Theatre). Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (National Tour, 2006, nominated for a TMA award for best performance in a musical); Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques (UK tour 2006/7, directed by Victoria Wood); Alexandra Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick (UK Tour); Guest Vocalist in Strictly Come Dancing - the Professionals (Tour); Closer Than Ever (Landor Theatre); The Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore) and Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street (Curve, Leicester). Jerry Herman’s musical revue, Jerry’s Girls (St. James Studio and Jermyn Street Theatre); Miss-Leading Ladies (St James Theatre, London), and most recently standby to Glenn Close in the ENO’s production of Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum.

Workshops include: creating the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Sydmonton Festival); Stephen Sondheim’s Masterclass (St Catherine’s College Oxford); Mercedes in Carmen Negra (Royalty Theatre, London) and Zorro (Old Vic).

Concert credits include: Prestigious venues worldwide, from France and Belgium to South Africa, Singapore and Shanghai. Ria makes regular appearances as a guest soloist in Denmark, singing with all the major orchestras. In 2009, she was a guest soloist for the Danish Royal family (Concert House, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen); Soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the last twelve years (Royal Albert Hall); Sung, by personal request, for The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (Buckingham Palace); Soloist with The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra; Guest Soloist in Children Will Listen, celebrating the work of Stephen Sondheim (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); A Night Under The Stars (with Bryn Tyrfel at his annual festival in North Wales); Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican Theatre); Eva Peron in Evita - In Concert (Highams Park, Chelmsford); Fantine in Les Misérables - In Concert (Cardiff Castle); the world premiere of The Three Musketeers and Anita in West Side Story (Denmark); ABBAPHONIC – The Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall and Russia Tour); From Hackney To Hollywood, celebrating the work of Don Black and West End Women - In Concert (UK Tour).

Television credits include: Her own TV show One Night Only with Ria Jones (BBC Wales); Guest on three Royal Variety Performances (BBC); numerous TV chat shows, including Welsh in the West End (ITV1 Wales).
Radio credits include: Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2)
Recording credits include: Les Misérables (Manchester Cast Recording); Soloist in A Tribute to Hal Prince; Kim in Personals; Emma West in A Twist of Fate; Guest Soloist on Pier Nielsen's albums My Way (which went Platinum) and Christmas Joy; Guest Soloist on Jesper Lundgaard's album Symphony For My Love, recorded with The Sonderyllands Symphony Orchestra; ABBAPHONIC and The Very Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); It’s Better With A Band (Prinsens Musikkorp); Ria’s solo album Have You Met Miss Jones? and her new album featuring The Golden Age of Hollywood (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).








Ria Jones News

BWW Interview: Ria Jones Chats HABEAS CORPUS at Menier Chocolate Factory Photo BWW Interview: Ria Jones Chats HABEAS CORPUS at Menier Chocolate Factory
by Fiona Scott - Dec 15, 2021

Ria Jones is known for her roles in musicals, most recently Sunset Boulevard at Leicester Curve and Gypsy at Royal Exchange, Manchester. She now makes her straight play debut in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus. We spoke with Jones about the show.

BWW Review: HABEAS CORPUS, Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre Photo BWW Review: HABEAS CORPUS, Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 14, 2021

It's good to hear collective laughter again in a theatre, but the dated characters grate rather than charm, and fewer jokes land in 2020s than in the 1970s.

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by A.A. Cristi - Nov 24, 2021

Full Cast Announced For HABEAS CORPUS at the Menier Chocolate Factory Photo Full Cast Announced For HABEAS CORPUS at the Menier Chocolate Factory
by Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2021

Joining the previously announced Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb), Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Caroline Langrishe (Lady Rumpers), Catherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed) and Abdul Salis (Mr Shanks), are Katie Bernstein (Felicity Rumpers), Kelvin O'Mard (Mr Purdue) and Dan Starkey (Sir Percy).

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Initial Casting Announced For Alan Bennett's HABEA Photo Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Initial Casting Announced For Alan Bennett's HABEAS CORPUS
by Stephi Wild - Sep 20, 2021

The antics of the Wicksteed home are a darkly satirical merry-go-round in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus.  Family, friends and the quest for sexual pleasures of the body (“corpus”) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through an escapade of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”

THE LAST FIVE YEARS to Open at the Garrick Theatre in September Photo THE LAST FIVE YEARS to Open at the Garrick Theatre in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 25, 2021

Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years, will now be opening at the larger Garrick Theatre for an extended limited season, previewing from 17 September, with an opening night on Thursday 23 September and now running until 17 October 2021.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER by Made at Curve Photo Photo Flash: First Look at THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER by Made at Curve
by Stephi Wild - Jun 9, 2021

Leicester’s Curve theatre has released production photos for its Made at Curve production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, a celebratory reopening concert featuring the songs that made the musicals and memories from the extraordinary life and career of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Madalena Alberto, Jessica Daley, Tim Howar & More to Star in THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOY Photo Madalena Alberto, Jessica Daley, Tim Howar & More to Star in THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Concert
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 14, 2021

Leicester’s Curve theatre has today announced the full cast and production team for its Made at Curve production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, a celebratory reopening concert featuring the songs that made the musicals and memories from the extraordinary life and career of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Music, Comedy, Theatre and Cabaret Shows Announced For Outdoor Manchester Venue Homeg Photo Music, Comedy, Theatre and Cabaret Shows Announced For Outdoor Manchester Venue Homeground
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2021

Music, comedy, theatre and vogueing will feature at Homeground, HOME's temporary outdoor arts venue, this Summer, with a diverse lineup truly providing something for everyone, while the size of the 80,000 sq ft site means a great atmosphere no matter what social distancing regulations are necessary.

Curve Will Re-Release SUNSET BOULEVARD AT HOME This May Photo Curve Will Re-Release SUNSET BOULEVARD AT HOME This May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2021

Curve's streamed production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical reunited company members from the award-winning 2017 Made at Curve touring production. The show ran 22 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 and was seen by almost 15,000 people across 45 countries.

Ria Jones Videos

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Curve Leicester's SUNSET BOULEVARD Concert VideoVIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Curve Leicester's SUNSET BOULEVARD Concert
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 2, 2021

Leicester's Curve theatre is now streaming a virtual version of Sunset Boulevard in Concert.

AUDIO: Glenn Close Reveals Hopes that ENO's SUNSET BOULEVARD Will Lead to a Movie
by Stage Tube - Mar 21, 2016

Rehearsals began just last month for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard at the English National Opera. Since then, star Glenn Close stopped by Graham Norton to chat about the production and revealed her hopes that it will lead into something more. She said, 'I'm hoping very much that this will lead directly to making a movie... this like a revving up. It's a very elaborate rehearsal.' Check out the full interview below!


Ria Jones Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ria Jones been in?
Ria Jones has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Ria Jones been in?
Ria Jones has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Ria Jones's first West End show?
Ria Jones's first West End show was High Society which opened in 2005