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Tracy-Ann Oberman is an English actress, playwright and narrator. She is known for roles including Chrissie Watts in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2004–2005) and Valerie Lewis or "Auntie Val" in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner (2011–2020).

Following training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Oberman spent four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before joining the National Theatre. Her theatrical experience includes appearing with Kenneth Branagh in David Mamet's Edmond (2003) and a run in the West End revival of Boeing-Boeing (2007–2008). She appeared in a production of Earthquakes in London in its 2011 run as Sarah Sullivan. Oberman has performed in more than 600 radio plays since the mid-1990s.

Oberman's TV credits have also included Doctor Who, Mistresses, Robin Hood, and Doctors. Before EastEnders, Oberman appeared in a variety of television programmes including Casualty (1997–1998), Kiss Me Kate (1998), and The Bill (2000), and carved out a comedic niche with leading roles in Bob Martin (2000–2001), Lenny Henry in Pieces (2000–2003), Big Train (2002), and Toast of London (2013–2015). She had a recurring role in the penultimate and last series of procedural comedy-drama New Tricks (2014–2015) as Fiona Kennedy, a forensic pathologist. Oberman appeared in Tracey Ullman's Show and Tracey Breaks the News from 2016 to 2018.

Oberman has contributed to several radio sketch shows and, in 2008, co-authored with Diane Samuels the play 3 Sisters on Hope Street. In 2010, she wrote and starred alongside Catherine Tate in her BBC Radio 4 play Bette and Joan and Baby Jane and in 2012 wrote the BBC Radio 4 play Rock and Doris and Elizabeth. In 2015 she wrote and starred in the third part of her Hollywood Trilogy for BBC Radio 4, Mrs. Robinson, I Presume, alongside John Simm and Kevin Bishop. Oberman was a regular columnist for The Guardian newspaper during 2007, for which she is still an occasional contributor. She was a regular contributor to The Jewish Chronicle (2009–2017) and also contributes to Red magazine.

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Tracy-Ann Oberman STAGE CREDITS

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Belinda Blair [Replacement]

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London Tenth Anniversary Celebration, 2018

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West End Production, 2017
Maxine [Replacement]

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West End Production, 2015
Isabella Blow

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Wake Up With BroadwayWorld March 5, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is March 5, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Jewish Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman Asked Not To Leave London Theatre Due To Safety Concerns

Although security has been increased at London's Criterion Theatre, The Merchant of Venice star Tracy-Ann Oberman was still asked not to leave the venue following a performance due to pro-Palestine rallies, the actress has revealed.

London Theatre Week - See over 50 Award-Winning Musicals and Plays with Tickets from £15, £25 or £35

London Theatre Week is the West End’s biggest promotion, giving you the chance to see over 50 amazing award-winning musicals and stunning plays with tickets from £15, £25 or £35

Dame Rosemary Squire And Sir Howard Panter Receive Freedom Of The City Of London

The City of London Corporation has announced that theatre entrepreneurs Dame Rosemary Squire and Sir Howard Panter have received the Freedom of the City of London, in recognition of their contribution to theatre and the cultural life of London.

Now Onsale: The West End Transfer of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE-1936

Ambition, power and political unrest explode onto the stage in The Merchant of Venice 1936, direct from the RSC. Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Doctor Who) as Shylock, Shakespeare’s classic is transported to 1930s Britain in this “striking and impactful” (Guardian) new production that “makes theatre history” (The Telegraph), from acclaimed director Brigid Larmour.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 Will Transfer to the West End

Following its critically acclaimed UK tour, The Merchant of Venice 1936 transfers to London’s West End for a limited season at the Criterion Theatre, from 15 February – 23 March.

Tracy-Ann Oberman's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Hires Security Due to Antisemitism

Security has had to be hired for a touring production of The Merchant of Venice due to fears of antisemitic attacks, Tracy-Ann Oberman has revealed.

BBC to Run Extensive Shakespeare Season to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of First Folio

The BBC is celebrating this extraordinary anniversary with an ambitious season of content across TV, Radio, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds exploring why, 400 years on, Shakespeare's relevance and influence is as strong as ever. A wealth of programming featuring major actors and leading experts, including new documentaries, performance, music, drama, comedy, news coverage and the best of the BBC archive, as well as special items on flagship BBC shows, will celebrate the man, his world and his timeless writing.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936, Daniel Kitson's MAYBE A GHOST STORY, and More Set For Wilton's Music Hall Autumn Season

Wilton's Music Hall has announced its stunning autumn season, which sees ground-breaking productions, and collaborations with forward-thinking theatre companies. Continuing what has been an incredible year of theatre for Britain's oldest Victorian music hall, this new season is set to be one of the best yet.

Raymond Coulthard and Hannah Morrish Join Tracy-Ann Oberman in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 UK Tour

Casting has been announced for a ground-breaking new production which transports one of Shakespeare’s most enduring classics to 1930’s Britain – The Merchant of Venice 1936 - which will embark on a UK tour this Autumn, beginning at the RSC’s Swan Theatre from Thursday 21 September. 

Erica Whyman Announces Final Programme with RSC

Erica Whyman has announced details of her final season of work as Acting Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) ahead of her stepping down this month. 

Denise Gough, Freddie Fox and More Join The Fifth Annual Platform Presenting West End Gala

The game of Consequences - drawing an image, turning over the page to hide it and passing it on - often ends in astonishing and eye-wateringly funny results.

Anjana Vasan, Tracy-Ann Oberman & More to Present at the 32nd Annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards

Presenters, guests and more have been announced for the 32nd Annual Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.

Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936, Watford Palace Theatre

A bold and accessible Merchant that commits to exposing the antisemitism that suffuses the play

Photos: First Look at THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 at Watford Palace Theatre

Leading actor and writer Tracy-Ann Oberman will reinvent the role of Shylock in the hotly anticipated production directed by Brigid Larmour, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Watford Palace Theatre. Check out photos here!

Photos: In Rehearsal For THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 At Watford Palace Theatre

See photos from inside rehearsal for The Merchant of Venice (1936) at Watford Palace Theatre, 27 February - 11 March 2023.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 Will Embark on UK Tour Starring Tracy-Ann Oberman

The Merchant of Venice 1936, Watford Palace Theatre’s ground-breaking new production of one of Shakespeare’s most enduring classics starring Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Doctor Who, Friday Night Dinner), as Shylock, will embark on a UK tour this Autumn, beginning at the RSC’s Swan Theatre from Thursday 21 September. 

A West End Gala Night of 'Theatrical Consequences' Comes to the Savoy Theatre in May

The game of Consequences - drawing an image, turning over the page to hide it and passing it on - often ends in astonishing and eye-wateringly funny results. Now inspired by this “what will happen next?” children's game, there will be a one night only fundraising gala evening at the Savoy theatre on Monday 15 May, 2023.

Show of the Week: Save up to 52% on NOISES OFF

Theatre Royal Bath Productions present Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy, Matthew Kelly and Tracy-Ann Oberman in the fortieth anniversary production of one of the greatest British comedies ever written.

Review: NOISES OFF, Phoenix Theatre

What’s that famous quote, never work with children or animals? After a peek behind the curtain at Noises Off, there should be no doubt that drunks, adulterers, or actors prone to nosebleeds should be added to that list.


How many Broadway shows has Tracy-Ann Oberman been in?

Tracy-Ann Oberman has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Tracy-Ann Oberman been in?

Tracy-Ann Oberman has appeared on London's West End in 5 shows.

What was Tracy-Ann Oberman's first West End show?

Tracy-Ann Oberman's first West End show was McQueen which opened in 2015

What is Tracy-Ann Oberman next theatre project?

Tracy-Ann Oberman's next show will be The Merchant of Venice 1936 which opens on 2/15/2024 on West End.

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