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Friday 7th January

Jerry Night with Tim McArthur
Live On TheatreRadio

Friday 7th January
5pm GMT (Repeated – 11pm GMT)

To celebrate the premiere of Jerry Springer – The Opera on BBC2 on 8th January, TheatreRadio is hosting a ‘Jerry Night’ with its very own Tim McArthur at the helm!

As well as playing some of the award winning music, Tim will be joined in the studio by three stars from the show. As well as chatting about their Jerry experiences, we have tickets and goodybags to give away, so make sure you tune in!

Olivier Award winner for Best Supporting Actor and a member of the original Jerry Springer – The Opera National Theatre cast, Ryan Molloy is now playing the parts of Tremont and Angel Gabriel. Ryan has also starred in the West End hit Taboo, playing alongside Boy George as Steve Strange. Ryan is also an accomplished songwriter as well as singer and actor, he has just finished working with Grammy Award winner Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics) for the sensational Pussycat Dolls released under Universal Entertainment USA involving fellow artists Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Carmen Electra. Ryan was also picked as the lead singer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood in a special show for The Prince’s Trust at Wembley Arena.

Carrie Ellis plays Peaches and Baby Jane in Jerry Springer - The Opera. Other theatre credits include Carlotta in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera, Jellylorum/Griddlebone and Grizabella in Cats at the New London Theatre, Lady Jaqueline in Me And My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre, Jane Ashton in Brigadoon at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Lianne Dexhlmans in Gigi at the Lyric Theatre, Consuela in West Side Story at Her Majesty’s Theatre and Annie at the Adelphi Theatre. At the Donmar Warehouse she played Lesley Pynchon in the Fix and the Witch in The Devil and Mr Stone.

While studying opera at the Trinity College of Music, London, Benjamin Lake was awarded a scholarship for his second year of training because of the critical acclaim he received for the UK premiere productions of Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci and Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites, in which he played the principal roles. After completing his training, he toured the USA and Europe for two and a half years as a solo artist in the International Irish dance show Spirit of the Dance. Last summer he played Dwight in Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Edinburgh Festival. Benjamin is now playing Dwight and God in the West End production of the show.

From TV to the theatre and back to TV again, the talk show phenomenon that was turned into a hit stage show comes to BBC Two on Saturday 8th January. Written by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas, the outrageous musical-comedy-opera hybrid that is Jerry Springer - The Opera made theatre history by winning all possible theatre awards for Best Musical including: The Olivier Awards, The Evening Standard Awards and The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.

Filmed in the West End's Cambridge Theatre it stars David Soul (Starsky & Hutch) as Jerry Springer, America's favourite talk show host who suffers the worst day in his career when faced with trailer trash, transsexuals, nappy wearers and a tap-dancing troupe of Ku Klux Klansmen.

As well as receiving critical acclaim from theatre critics, the public and the theatre industry, Jerry Springer - The Opera has also attracted celebrities from around the world: Sir Michael Caine, Simon Cowell, Sheryl Crow, Michael Douglas, Kelsey Grammer, Harvey Keitel, Sir Ian McKellan, Helen Mirren, Pink, Rachel Stevens, Meg Ryan, Sigourney Weaver and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Jerry Springer - The Opera, which began as a series of public ‘Scratch Night’ workshops in 2001, is now an established commercial West End hit. As Richard Thomas said of the television show: “It’s got tragedy. It’s got violence. There are people screaming at each other and you can’t understand what they’re saying. It’s perfect for opera.”

Click here to view a promo of the hit West End musical:

“Jerry Springer - The Opera is a mega hit… this is easily the hottest ticket in London.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

“The greatest production on earth…and in hell… two hours and 20 minutes of sheer theatrical bliss….”
Kevin O’Sullivan, Daily Mirror

Saturday 8th January
2pm GMT (Repeated – Wednesday 12th Jan - 10am / 2pm GMT)

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