Debbie Chazen Ruth
Debbie is thrilled to be making her musical debut with a reprisal of her role as Ruth from the stage play Calendar Girls.
Her Theatre credits include: A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Coronet Print Room); The Girls (Tour); Listen, We’re Family (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Duck House (Vaudeville Theatre); A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath); Open Court: The President Has Come to See You, Mint, Untitled Martriarch Play and In Basildon (Royal Court); Calendar Girls (West End & Tour); The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court/Young Vic/Plymouth); Cinderella (Old Vic); The Cherry Orchard (Crucible); Dick Whittington (Barbican); Crooked (Bush); A Prayer for Owen Meany and Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (West End) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Salisbury Playhouse).
Her work for television includes: Agatha Raisin, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Ambassadors, Asylum, Holby City, Sherlock, Trollied, The Spa, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Tittybangbang, This Is Jinsy, White Van Man, We Are Klang, Psychoville, The Smoking Room, Nicholas Nickleby, Mine All Mine, Murder in Suburbia, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, A Christmas Carol and The Lakes.
Her Film appearances include Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, Suzie Gold, Tooth and Anton Chekhov’s The Duel.
Sophie-Louise Dann Celia
Sophie-Louise trained at Arts Educational Schools London and her career has encompassed the worlds of opera, musical theatre, radio and film.
Her West End credits include: Paula Paxton in Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Barbara Castle in Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre); Diana Divane in Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud Theatre; 2012 Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Role in a musical), title role in Iolanthe, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Edith in Pirates Of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera/ Gielgud), 42nd Street (Dominion), Jolson (Victoria Palace), Forbidden Broadway! (Albery) and numerous leading roles for D’Oyly Carte Opera (Savoy).
Other theatre credits include: Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Mercury Theatre, Colchester & Derby Theatre); Forbidden Broadway! (Menier Chocolate Factory); Closer Than Ever (Jermyn St Theatre); Velma von Tussle in Hairspray (Leicester Curve); Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Chatelet du Paris); Gay Daventry in Ivor Novello’s Gay’s The Word (Jermyn St. Theatre), Mrs Beaver in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens, directed by Rupert Goold & Michael Fentiman), Kath in The Kitchen Sink (Hull Truck), Gay Daventry in Gay’s the Word (Finboroeugh), Mo in Lucy Gannon’s Broken Hearted (Derby Theatre), And The World Goes Round (Castle Theatre, Wellingborough), Lady Raeburn in Salad Days (Riverside Studios), Vera in Stepping Out (Derby Playhouse), Liz Imbrie in High Society (UK Tour), Hannah in A Chorus of Disapproval (Theatr Clwyd), Alma Hix in The Music Man, Smitty in How To Succeed..., Marya Artonova in The Government Inspector, Venus in Out Of This World, (Chichester Festival Theatre), Dot Robinson in the world premiere of The Original Chinese Conjuror (Almeida Opera/Aldeburgh Festival), Hortense in The Boyfriend (UK Tour), Marta in Dick Barton - Special Agent and Dick Barton and the Curse of the Pharaohs’ Tomb (Croydon Warehouse), Cherry buck in Thark (Watermill), Louise Hamilton in Why Not Stay For Breakfast? (Mill at Sonning), As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (New Shakespeare Co.) Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera (Holland Park), Scarlett O’Hara in Frankly Scarlett... (Kings Head), Young Viv in Spend, Spend, Spend (TMA Award Winner; West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Sophie’s extensive concert career has seen her headline at the Royal Albert Hall with pianist Jonathan Cohen as part of Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festival. She is a regular guest artiste on Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night and has appeared with the BBC Concert Orchestra in Patience, Sondheim at 80 (BBC PROMS) ‘More Of Loesser’ (BBC Radio 3), Pal Joey & On Your Toes (Brighton Dome) and as Carrie in Carousel (RFH, St.David’s Hall). Her one-woman show “From Classic to Coward to Current” has been performed in London, New York and LA.
TV, radio and film credits include Doctors (BBC); Granny McFitch in BAFTA winning Trapped! - Ever After (CBBC), Mr. Bean (ITV1), Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC1), My Summer with Des (BBC1), The Phantom of the Opera (Warner Bros) and Sunday in the Park with George (Mezzo TV).
Michele Dotrice Jessie
Michele joined the Royal Shakespeare Company aged 16 and spent two years appearing in such plays as Henry V, Jew of Malta and opposite her father, Roy Dotrice in Puntilla.
Michele is perhaps best known for her role as Betty opposite Michael Crawford in the BBC's highly successful series, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Her other television credits include A Month in the Country, The Three Sisters, The Sextet, On the Eve of Publication, The Winslow Boy, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Bramwell, Mrs Bradley's Mysteries, Vanity Fair, The Way We Live Now, Marple and A Thing Called Love. She also had a guest appearance on The Morecambe and Wise Show. Her most recent stage appearances include Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Tour & Vaudeville Theatre); The Ladykillers (Tour) and When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, London. Other theatre includes: Total Eclipse, The Servant of Two Masters and Same Time Next Year. She did many productions with her late husband, Edward Woodward including Male of the Species, Richard III, Private Lives, Dead Secret, The Assassin, The Beggar's Opera and The Cemetery Club.
While living in New York, Michele filmed a guest starring role in The Equalizer for Universal/CBS. Her films include: And Soon The Darkness, Satan's Claw and Captain Jack and most recently she has featured in Starfish.In 2016, Michele was nominated for an Olivier award for her role as Nancy in Nell Gwynn.
Marian McLoughlin Marie
Marian trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She paid her dues working in regional theatre playing roles as diverse as Shakespeare's Portia in The Merchant of Venice to Alan Ayckbourn's Evelyn in Absent Friends. Theatres include; Cheltenham, Colchester, Westcliffe, Canterbury, Sheffield, Derby and Northampton.
Her London theatre work includes the U.K. premiere productions of David Mamets' Edmond at The Royal Court Theatre and Arthur Miller’s After The Fall, at The Royal National Theatre.
Leading roles in a television series include: Born to Run, Thin Ice, Hometime, Grafters, and Castles while guest appearances include: One Foot in The Grave Christmas Special, Midsomer Murders, Truckers, Foyle’s War, William and Mary, The Grass Arena, Nicholas Nickleby, Spy, Boomers, Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me, Loving You and Holby City.
And finally, Marian has been kissed by the lips that kissed Marilyn Monroe, is an accomplished Djembe drummer and gospel singer and has been nominated for Villain Of the Year in the Soap Awards.
Claire Moore Chris
Claire Moore was born in Bolton. She gained early professional experience singing with her jazz pianist dad, Geoff Moore before attending the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied Opera and Vocal Studies under Joseph Ward.
Her London Theatre includes: London Road (National Theatre, Cottesloe and Olivier); A Song Cycle For Soho (Soho Theatre); Fantine and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre, Queen’s Theatre); Sally in Follies (Landor Theatre); Nora in The Betrayal Of Nora Blake (Jermyn St. Theatre); Anna Leonowens in The King And I (London Palladium); Nancy in Oliver! (London Palladium); Ellen in Miss Saigon (original company, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (original company, Her Majesty’s Theatre); The Duchess Of Malfi (National Theatre, Lyttelton); Felicity in The Real Inspector Hound/The Critic (National Theatre, Olivier); Anya in The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre, Cottesloe); Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy Theatre) and Nimue in Camelot (Apollo Victoria).
Other theatre credits include: Katisha in The Mikado (Festival Hall London, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall Manchester); Mrs Darling in Stiles and Drewe's Peter Pan (Festival Hall London); Mimi in La Boheme (Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight); Eva Peron in Evita (Rock Szinhaz, Budapest); Ruth Earp in The Card (Watermill Newbury); Putting It Together (Old Fire Station, Oxford); Daisy in Born Again (Chichester Festival Theatre); Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar and Julie in Talent (Wythenshawe Forum).
Amongst her many recordings are the original cast albums of Miss Saigon, A Song Cycle For Soho and for the BBC Celebration series Celebrating...Sondheim; A Tribute To Jule Styne; Jerry Herman; Andrew Lloyd Webber and A Tribute to Kander and Ebb – when Claire had the great honour of being accompanied by the composer himself.
On the radio, Claire has been heard many times, most notably in Songs from the Shows, Friday Night is Music Night,Jazz Parade and the acclaimed series of American Musicals for Radio 2; Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls; Marion Paroo in The Music Man; Agnes Gooch in Mame and Maggie in A Chorus Line.
Films: London Road and A Christmas Carol.
Television includes: Visiting Day; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Wood And Walters; The Making of Miss Saigon; the Christmas Eve concerts from the Royal Albert Hall, Joy To The World and the 2006 documentary Phantom of the Opera...Behind the Mask. Claire has also had the privilege of singing for Her Majesty the Queen in the 1991 Royal Variety Show and at Windsor Castle for the state visit of President Chirac in 2004.
She was recently the guest soloist for the BBC’s first ever televised Friday Night Is Music Night – The Music from the James Bond Movies.
An established concert artist both in the UK and abroad, Claire has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras, performing a varied repertoire from classical to contemporary, and has also enjoyed success as a song-writer. Her song, Song of Dreams, was recorded by EMI Classics’ Becky Taylor for her debut album, A Dream Come True, and was also the first single to be taken from the album.
Together with her husband, composer Simon Hale, she took her cabaret show Back To Back to New York, performing at the Weil Room, Carnegie Hall.
Claire is also very much in demand as a vocal coach and has worked extensively in theatre and on TV. Her recent theatre coaching credits include Wonder.Land (National Theatre/Manchester Festival); Porgy And Bess (Regent’s Park) and The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), and for television: I’d Do Anything; Over The Rainbow; Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Take-away; Popstar to Opera Star; and Eurovision. For the last four years Claire has been proud to be the vocal coach and vocal arranger for the Children in Need Children's Choir.
Claire Machin Cora
Prior to joining the company of The GIRLS, Claire has been playing the role of Barbara Castle in Made in Dagenham and Alice Beane in Titanic where she has been nominated for Best Actor in a musical.
Claire was born and grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. She made her first professional appearance in the UK tour of Annie at the age of 12. Prior to this, every year Claire entered the Butlin’s talent competition, winning the family a free holiday the following year! At the age of 16 she went to study drama at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. After graduating three years later, she gained her first professional role playing Lilly in Noel Coward’s Red Peppers at the Kings Head Theatre in London followed by a national tour of The Pirates of Penzance playing the role of Isobel.
Subsequent work includes: Barbara Castle in Made in Dagenham (Queens Theatre Hornchurch & New Wolsey, Ipswich); Alice Beane in Titanic the Musical (Charing Cross Theatre); Cora in The GIRLS (Leeds Grand Theatre & The Lowry, Salford); Mamma Gladys in Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre); Mabel in The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End) directed by Sir Richard Eyre; Widow Corney in Oliver! (West End and UK tour); Mrs Metcalf in Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre, original cast) directed by Sir Richard Eyre; Tim’s Mother and Asphynxia in Salad Days (Riverside Studios); Mamie Eisenhower in First Lady Suite (Union Theatre); Ms Darbus in High School Musical (Original UK cast); Miss Lark and understudy for Miss Andrew, Mrs Brill and Mrs Corry in Mary Poppins (Bristol Hippodrome & Prince Edward Theatre, Original Cast); Clara Eynsford Hill in My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); understudying and playing Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre); Charlotte in Oliver! (London Palladium) and swing and understudy Eponie in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).
Claire also performed her one woman show An Old Fashioned Love Story at the New London Theatre. She has also worked with composers in the development of new works, which is something she enjoys. Claire also is very proud that she was involved in the new orchestrations of the Broadway production of Les Misérables.
Claire is thrilled to be a part of The GIRLS Musical and apologises for any offence that her appearing naked may cause!
Joanna Riding Annie
While not quite from Yorkshire – she was born and raised just the other side of the Pennine Hills in Lancashire – Joanna has a fondness for this beautiful county and while still young, learned many of her singing and performing skills in some of the musical festivals for which Yorkshire is renowned.
Joanna went on to study acting at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and started working professionally in 1989.
Her theatre credits include: Eliza in My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Julie in Carousel (The Royal National Theatre) both for which she won Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. She also received Olivier nominations for her roles of Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (The Royal National Theatre) and Jane Smart in Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Other roles include Babe in Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); Valerie Profumo in Stephen Ward; Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace); Ruth in Blithe Spirit (Theatre Royal Bath and London’s Savoy Theatre); Maggie in Hobson’s Choice, Miss Gossage in The Happiest Days of Your Life and Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, all at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Other shows include Me and My Girl, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Lend Me a Tenor and A Little Night Music at The Royal National Theatre and Susie Trevor in Lady Be Good.
Joanna recently played Cinderella’s Mother in the Disney movie of Into The Woods.
Television credits include: Terri in Where the Heart Is, Melissa in Stella and Janet Fielding in Holby City as well as appearances in Doctors, Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Jeeves and Wooster.
JOE CAFFREY Rod
Joe trained at LAMDA. This is Joe’s second foray into the world of musical theatre, having previously played Billy Elliot’s brother, Tony, in the original West End Production (returning less than four years later to play his Dad - alongside Joanna Riding’s Mrs Wilkinson).
His Theatre work includes: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre); The Pitmen Painters (National Theatre/Bill Kenwright – West End and national tour); Billy Elliot the Musical (West End); Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, We the People and The Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe); Cooking With Elvis (West End/Live Theatre and national tour); A Walk on Part: The Fall of New Labour (West End); Wet House (Soho Theatre/Live Theatre); Keepers of the Flame (RSC/Live Theatre); Iris, Close The Coalhouse Door, Charlie’s Trousers, Dirty Nets, The Last Post, Cabaret, Your Home In the West, Bandits, NE1 and The Beautiful Game (Live Theatre); Black and White Shorts (Paines Plough/Live Theatre); Studs (Hull Truck); Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone (Greyscale); The Season Ticket, Noir, Beauty and the Beast, Trouble Underfoot (Northern Stage).
TV work includes: Holby City, Doctors, Heartbeat, The Bill, Distant Shores, Wolfblood, Clay, Attachments, Badger, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Byker Grove, Spender, The Last Musketeer, Aint Misbehavin’, Catherine Cookson’s Colour Blind, Soldier Soldier and Fighting for Gemma.
Film work includes: The One and Only and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Radio work includes: The Stanley Baxter Playhouse, Heading for Paradise, The Ferryhill Philosophers, Home Front, Grounded, A Two Pipe Problem, The Gallery, 1834 and The Day of the Sardine (Book at Bedtime).
JEREMY CLYDE Dennis
Jeremy trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama where he formed a musical partnership with a fellow student, David Chadwick, universally known as Chad. Later, they were signed by John Barry and, under the name of Chad & Jeremy, went on to have a minor hit in the UK Yesterday’s Gone. To everyone’s surprise it entered the US country charts, which in turn led to a total of 7 Top Forty Hits in the USA, as well as appearances on the Dick Van Dyke Show and two episodes of Batman, playing themselves.
At the end of the Sixties, Jeremy returned to London to resume his acting career. A BBC six-part adaptation of Trollope’s The Way We Live Now was followed by the hit play Conduct Unbecoming which ran for a year in the West End, and afterwards, Broadway. He then joined Sir Laurence Olivier’s Old Vic company Macbeth, The Misanthrope and, once again in the West End, appeared in the original production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. He was also a founding member of the company that Nicolas Kent formed for his acclaimed series of Tribunal Plays at the Tricycle Theatre, twice playing the crusading barrister Michael Mansfield QC.
His musical theatre credits in the West End include Passion Flower Hotel for John Barry, and Pump Boys and Dinettes, in which Chad also appeared.
His numerous TV appearances include: By The Sword Divided (as Charles I); A Rather English Marriage; Is it Legal; Love Soup; Zhivago and the cult film Schalken The Painter, recently reissued by the BFI. And then the usual suspects: Morse, Midsomer Murders, Downton Abbey, as well as the film The Iron Lady.
In 2014 Jeremy released the first of a planned series of solo albums. The Bottom Drawer Session No.1 received 4 star reviews in the USA. No.2 is out now, with No.3 planned for release in 2017. For more information see bottomdrawersessions.com
JOHN DAVITT Doctor
John has been acting for the last 30 years.
Theatre includes: The Stationmaster in The Cherry Orchard (Chichester Festival Theatre); Hatch in The Sea (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Thomas in The Last Confession (Chichester Festival & Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Jimmy in Top Banana, Mickey in Black Diamonds, Italian Waiter in Betrayal for the Peter Hall Company and Harry in Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal); Yvan in ART for David Pugh; Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Trouble; Mr Hicks in The Giant’s Baby; Passepartout in Around The World in 80 Days; Jack The Lip in Head of Steel; Passepartout in Phileas Fogg; Jimmy in Stink; Satyr in The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Harry Crump in The Titfield Thunderbolt; Rita in An Insect Aside; Tolya in Love and Stan Laurel in Laurel And Hardy.
Television includes: Jockey in 999 for BBC Television and The Postman in The Bill for Thames Television.
Radio plays include: Bill in Sgt. Musgraves Dance for BBC Radio 3; Sergeant Major in Paths of Glory for BBC Radio 4 and Brutus the Duck in Kaleidescope for the BBC.
SOO DROUET Brenda
Soo Drouet has appeared in many films such as Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves; Heidi; The Krays and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Soo has also featured in numerous television projects, most recently in Call The Midwife as well as Casualty; Mapp & Lucia; The Gift; EastEnders; To Play the King; Doc Martin; Lovejoy; Minder and many more.
Theatre includes: Rise and Fall of Little Voice; Dames at Sea; Stepping Out; and playing Hyacinth Bucket in a tour of Keeping Up Appearances.
She has appeared on radio many times mainly with an A Capella group Draylon Underground and also with Harry Hill on his BBC Radio 4 comedy show Harry Hill’s Fruit Corner.
JAMES GADDAS John
James was born in the north of England and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He currently lives in London with wife, Deborah, and daughter Cate.
In his spare time, he enjoys writing, travelling and following West Ham United.
Theatre includes: in the West End: Dad in Billy Elliot, King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Bill in Mamma Mia!, JFK in Jackie, Yvan in ‘Art’ and Craze in A Passionate Woman. Also: Desmond in The Messiah (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Bobby Vincent in You Never Know Who’s Out There (Drill Hall); Lovborg in Hedda Gabler (Bolton Octagon); Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Manchester Library Theatre); Benvolio in Faustus (Manchester Royal Exchange); Kenny in Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Donmar Warehouse); Armand in Some of My Best Friends Are Husbands (tour); Laertes in Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible) and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Southampton Nuffield).
Film includes: Starter for 10, The Human Bomb, The Black Candle, Girl’s Night, A Hazard of Hearts, The Pied Piper, The Last Days of Summer and Johnny Loves Suzy.
Television includes: Howard Munroe in Casualty, Neil Grayling in Bad Girls, Vinny Sorrell in Coronation Street, Dr Robert Nevin in Medics and, among many more, Waterloo Road, Tracey Beaker, Emmerdale, The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Peak Practice, Back Up, Vincent, Grafters, Class Act, The Camomile Lawn, Between the Lines, Drop the Dead Donkey, Operation Julie, Ticket to Ride, Jackanory Playhouse, The Secret Servant and The Unknown Soldier. Also: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Weakest Link and Stars in Their Eyes.
Directing includes: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Cyrano de Bergerac and All the Great Books (Abridged) (Dubai).
JENNY GAYNER Miss Wilson
Jenny Gayner was born in the seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and it was here she developed her unwavering love of the arts. Her stage debut, playing a little bunny, came at just three years old. However, she took some convincing to go on as she was convinced an older girl, dressed as a fox, was going to eat her! Clearly, she recovered from this fox related trauma and went on to train at one of Londonʼs most prestigious schools, The Arts Educational London School.
Jennyʼs Theatre credits include: Hunyak and playing Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi, Cambridge, Garrick Theatreʼs); Lina Lamount in Singinʼ in The Rain (Kilworth House Theatre); Brooke Windham in Legally Blonde (Kilworth House Theatre); Kristine Urich in A Chorus Line (Lowry Theatre); Laker Girl in Spamalot (Palace Theatre); Swing understudy and playing Roxie Hart in Chicago (UK & International Tour); Ginny in Alan Ayckbournʼs Relatively Speaking (International Tour); Narrator in Peter Pan workshop (Lyric Theatre); Farmonica Fagaretty in Before The Night Is Through (Landor Theatre); Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Chloe in the World Premier of Sophie Kinsellaʼs Sleeping Arrangements (Landor); Phantom and u/s Janet, Columbia, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour); Polly Brown in The Boyfriend (Southwold); Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera (The English Theatre of Hamburg); Grace Farrell in Annie (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and Lorraine Flemming in 42nd Street (Octagon Theatre). Jenny also performed her sell-out one woman show All About The Girl at The Pheasantry.
Her Film & Television credits include: Carla Haig in Charismata (Loose Canon Films); Gillian Taylforth in The Trial of Gillian Taylforth (Channel 5); Donna in Material Girl (BBC1); Claire in The Special Relationship (BBC & HBO); Elysse in Entanglement (Raindance/Cannes film festivals), Trixie in The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (Hallmark/HBO Productions); Nicole Hunter in The Addicted (Sky & DVD release); Dancer in Strictly Come Dancing FIT (DVD); Claire in Coming Up (Channel 4); Laura in PERCEPTIONS (London Live); Nurse Robinson in All About The McKenzies (Sky); Jenni in All in The Method (web series); D.I. Kate Foster in Their Law (Cannes Film Festival); Lisa in No Victims, No Angels (short film); Sophie in Rules Of Life (BBC3 pilot); Tania in Jack & Jackie (Cannes Film Festival); Karen in CATMAN (Torpedo films); Her in Network Failure (Virgin Media Film Festival); Rebecca in A Soldier's Story (BBC Wales); Carol Harvey in Their Finest Hour (DVD release) and she has also appeared in various commercials.
STEVE GILES Lawrence
Steve trained at LAMDA.
Stage credits include: Housewife49, The Hired Man and Taking Steps (Old Laundry Theatre); A Christmas Carol (National Tour); The Merchant of Venice and He’s Much To Blame (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Troilus and Cressida (RSC); Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk (Loughborough Town Hall); Strike! (The Arcola) and Martinis and Midnight (Lost Theatre).
Television and Film Credits include: Outlander (Starz); Doctors (BBC); Emmerdale (ITV); The Magnificent Eleven (Angry Badger Productions); Get Down Stay Down (Vera Productions) and Look Busy (Jolly Demon Productions).
MAXWELL HUTCHEON Colin
After 12 years working in the US and Europe, Maxwell turned his back on a career in Finance and returned to London to train at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he says that “to start the working week with a tap dancing class felt particularly liberating.” This is his first musical.
Theatre credits include: She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath), Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre), Hobson’s Choice, Twelfth Night (Bolton Octagon), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac (Chester Performs), She Stoops to Conquer, Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse), Volpone (Greenwich Theatre), Origins (Pentabus), A Woman of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Bath Productions), The Last Priest (King’s Head), A Passage To India, Madam Bovary (Shared Experience), The Taming of the Shrew, Antony & Cleopatra, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Jovial Crew, The Duchess of Malfi, As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company), Outside on the Street, The Weavers, The Stick Wife (Gate Theatre), The Pied Piper (Orange Tree), Travels With My Aunt (Northcott/Charles Stephens/ITF), Misero Prospero (Almeida), What Every Woman Knows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet (Sherman Cardiff), The Tempest (Old Vic), Sunday’s Children (Derby Playhouse), The Passion, Animal Farm, Our Day Out (Worcester Swan).
Film and television include: Private Peaceful, Holby City, Doctors, Trial & Retribution, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Bad Girls, Mr Charity, Band of Brothers, The World of HG Wells, Dream Team, Next of Kin, The Bill, Luv, Kavanagh QC, Joking Apart, Between The Lines, Tales From Hollywood, Close My Eyes, The Accountant.
Radio includes: The Archers
SHIRLEY JAMESON Miss Wilson
Shirley was born in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Her theatre credits include: Miss Wilson in The GIRLS (Leeds Grand Theatre & The Lowry, Salford); Rosa in Rags in Concert (Lyric Theatre, London); understudy to Mother Superior and Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act (UK tour); Anna in Lend Me a Tenor (Theatre Royal Plymouth); ensemble and understudy Madam Morrible in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Mrs Brill in Mary Poppins (UK national tour); Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (UK national tour); Lady Boxington and understudy Mrs Pearce in My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK tour); ensemble and understudy Mme Thénardier in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre); ensemble in Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Bath); Resident Director on 42nd Street (UK tour); ensemble in Cinderella (Grand Theatre, Blackpool); Blues Singer and understudy Joyce Heth in Barnum (UK tour); understudy Peggarty and Mrs Micawber in David Copperfield (national tour); Woman 1 in Closer Than Ever (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford); Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Palace Theatre, Manchester) and Jacqueline in La Cage aux Folles (Opera House, Manchester).
Her recordings include: ensemble in Les Misérables’ 21st anniversary concert (BBC Radio 2).
As well as performing, Shirley is one third of the production company Lasso the Moon Productions Limited, who are currently developing a new musical, Hoods, which Shirley also adapted, and are working towards a full-scale production.
JUDITH STREET Lady Cravenshire
Judith trained originally as a singer at Trinity College of Music, London, and has had a very varied career in theatre since then.
Recent theatre work includes Ida Strauss in Titanic (Toronto, Canada, Southwark Playhouse and Charing Cross Theatre, London); Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Ernest (English Speaking Theatre, Hamburg); Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods (Derby Playhouse); Mrs Pierce in My Fair Lady (European tour); understudy Marina and Mrs Voynitsky in Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre, London); Old Sally in Oliver! (Larnaca International Festival); understudy Florence Boothroyd and Alice Fisher in Billy Liar (UK tour); Mrs Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (King’s Head, London); Widow Corney in Oliver! (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford); understudy Elizabeth in Gaslight (Old Vic Theatre, London); Mrs Dilber in Scrooge (Dominion Theatre, London) and most recently Mrs Halloran in A Catered Affair at London Theatre Workshop.
Television includes: Mrs Armitage in To the Manor Born Christmas Special, Mrs Dickinson in Julian Fellowes Investigates – The Case of Rose Harsent, Mrs Arnold in The Bill and various comedy roles in Hale and Pace.
JOSH BENSON Tommo
Josh Benson played Tommo in the original cast of GIRLS – THE MUSICAL in 2015/2016 and is thrilled to revive the role for The West End. Josh made his professional debut in the BAFTA winning feature film Eric and Ernie playing Little Ernie. Most recently he has appeared in BBC’s Casualty, Monroe 2 for Mammoth Screen and the feature film The Knife That Killed Me. Josh has appeared in the theatre as John Darling in Peter Pan in the, now legendary, York Theatre Royal Pantomime, directed by Berwick Kaler and Damian Cruden.
BEN HUNTER Danny
Ben is originally from Hull and trained with the National Youth Theatre and Hull Truck Youth Theatre. He has been involved in numerous youth theatre productions and recently performed at The East Riding Theatre, as well as filming a short film for Nationwide Bank. Ben won his school Performing Arts Award for three consecutive years.
Ben is thrilled to be returning to play the role of Danny in The GIRLS after being involved in the production throughout its development process and in the performances in Leeds and Manchester. This production marks Ben’s West End debut.
CHLOE MAY JACKSON Jenny
Chloe May Jackson hails from Blackburn, Lancashire. From an early age she has been a keen performer – excelling in various styles of dance and participating in a whole host of both amateur and professional pantomimes, plays, dance shows/competitions and festivals. Chloe was thrilled to be presented with her school award for Outstanding Contribution in Dance and Performing Arts.
Chloe is excited to be part of The GIRLS, having been involved in the development stages of the production and the performances in Leeds and Manchester. This production also marks her West End debut.
VICTORIA BLACKBURN Ensemble
Victoria was born and has always lived in London, where she attended part time classes at the Sylvia Young Theatre School from a young age alongside attending North London Collegiate School. She has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Music studying Musical Theatre.
Previous Theatre credits include: Amy K in Amy K at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (dir. Deborah Gibbs) and Bella Cohen in Rags at the Stratford East Theatre (dir. Hannah Chissick).
Victoria also performed in workshops for Douglas Carter-Beane and Lewis Flinn playing Marian in Robin Hood and Lizzie in The Happy Prince, directed by Maria Friedman.
Television includes: Star Stories (Channel 4), Poirot (ITV) and Harry and Paul (Tiger Aspect Productions).
Whilst training Victoria played Jenny in Company (dir. Sam Yates), Clara in Passion (dir. Matt Ryan), Anna in Closer (dir. Mia Soteriou) and the Wife in Blood Wedding (dir. Dylan Brown).
Victoria is thrilled to be making her West End debut in The Girls coincidentally on her birthday – and she could not think of a better way to celebrate! Victoria would like to thank her wonderful parents and agents, James and Clare at Shepherd Management for their continued support.
CLAUDIA BRADLEY Understudy
Claudia was born in Leeds where she began dancing at Jean Pearce School of Dance, before going on to Arts Educational, Tring, and Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Theatre Credits Include: Dead Mam and cover Mrs Wilkinson BILLY ELLIOT, Victoria Palace Theatre. Annie in ANNIE, Victoria Palace Theatre and UK Tour. Swing and Pearl in STARLIGHT EXPRESS Germany. Ensemble and cover Eponine in LES MISÉRABLES Palace Theatre. Swing, Ashley and Pearl in STARLIGHT EXPRESS Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Other credits include: Dead Mam in Billy Elliot Live. Original Cast Album Starlight Express Germany. Pearl on Highlights Album Starlight Express Germany. Fly Fishing short film soundtrack. Mary Lou, Devil be Damned Album. Les Misérables 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts. Apollo Victoria 80th Birthday Gala. The Graham Norton Show and various commercials.
In her spare time Claudia is currently working on a new original musical.
Claudia is overjoyed to be joining the cast of The Girls. She would like to dedicate her performance to the memory of her Mum and Dad love and miss you both. Also to her two beautiful girls - love you loads.
ALEXANDRA BURNS Swing Cover
Alexandra trained at the Royal Academy of Music and made her professional stage debut as Joy in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderellaat the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. She most recently performed in Bishopsgate Institute’s A Brief Encounter with Noel Coward.
Credits whilst training include: Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, A Talent to Amuse (St James Theatre) The Trojan Women, Curtain Up (Prince Edward Theatre) and BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night Christmas Spectacular.
She performed at last year’s West End Live as part of the West End Gospel Choir and has also workshopped and recorded for new musical writing and worked as a session singer.
Alexandra is thrilled to be making her West End debut in The Girls.
PAUL EASOM Understudy
Paul’s West End credits include, Beyond The Rainbow, Evita, The Boyfriend, Budgie, Han Cristian Anderson. He played Lord Byron in Manfred, along side Rudolph Nureyev (US tour) toured South America with Italian Popstar Raffaella Carra.
His other theatre credits include Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, Gypsy, Death Of A Salesman, (Sheffield Crucible) Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Hamlet, The Seagull, and Chicken Dust (The Curve) and has worked extensively touring the UK & US in productions of Canterbury Tales, Dracula, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and Robin Hood, with the New Vic Theatre Company.
TV credits include: Kids, The Cleopatras, Lifelike, Quatermass.
Films include: Lair Of The White Worm, Aria, North West Five, Anna Karnina, Criminal.
FRAZER HADFIELD Ensemble
Frazer trained at the Oxford School of Drama graduating in 2016. Prior to this he attended the University of St Andrews where he spent most of his time in rehearsal rooms rather than lecture halls!
This is Frazer’s professional debut. Credits while training include: Sam in Flashes (Soho Theatre); Angelo in Measure for Measure (North Wall Arts Theatre); Gerald in Time and the Conways (OSD); The Baker in Into the Woods (OSD).
Born in Yorkshire, Frazer is thrilled to be returning to his roots as part of The Girls.
JANE LAMBERT Ensemble
Jane was born in Yorkshire and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. She studied French and German at Stirling University, taught English in Vienna and travelled the world as cabin crew before making the life-changing (and slightly mad) decision to become an actress in her mid-thirties.
Her theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (West End), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Deathtrap (West End); tours of Pygmalion, Calendar Girls, Rebecca, Lettice & Lovage, Love, The Glass Menagerie, A Passionate Woman; 84 Charing Cross Road, Fish Out of Water (Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man); Towards Zero, Spider's Web (Grand Theatre, Leeds); Straight and Narrow, The Late Edwina Black (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe and The Grand, Wolverhampton); The Sound of Murder (Civic Theatre, Ayr) and The Consul of Butterflies (Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh).
On TV she has appeared in Tricked, High Road and The Bill.
Jane has recorded audio books for BBC AudioGO and Isis Publishing and is preparing to record her own novel, Learning To Fly.
In August 2016 she appeared at Blackwell’s Writers at The Edinburgh Fringe.
REBECCA LOUIS Ensemble
Rebecca, or Louis as she is ‘infamously’ known in the business, is a born and bred Yorkshire lass, growing up in Addingham, a little village not too far from Burnsall where the story of ‘Calendar Girls’ originates.
Rebecca got her first taste of this business we call ‘show’ from Shirley Britton, a legend on the Yorkshire club circuit, whom she performed with from an early age. She then further cut her theatrical teeth with a local amateur youth group before finishing her professional training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance/Leeds University, where she obtained a BA in Dance and Performing Arts and the Arts Educational School, London on the Post Graduate Musical Theatre course.
Rebecca’s performing credits include: Mrs Pearce in My Fair Lady 60th Birthday Celebrations (Actor’s Church, Covent Garden); Ella/Cover Lottie/Dance Captain in Mack & Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre & UK Tour); Mrs Metcalf/Ensemble in Betty Blue Eyes (Regional Tour); Madge in The Sweet Smell Of Success (Arcola Theatre); Ensemble in Sound Of Music (Bahrain Festival); Swing/Cover Mother Dear and Veronica in Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre); Swing/Cover Bet & Old Sally/Dance Captain in Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Ensemble in The Wizard of Oz (Royal Festival Hall); Swing/Cover Birdwoman & Miss Lark/Assistant Dance Captain in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); Mrs Rabbit/Gaoler’s Daughter in Wind in the Willows (Sevenoaks Playhouse); ABBA Thank You For The Music The Symphonic Celebration (Opera House, Gothenburg & Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen); Sunset Boulevard (Opera House, Cork); Deborah Sue/Dance Captain in Bye Bye Birdie (Landor Theatre); Maid by the fire in Jesus Christ Superstar (Swedish Arena Tour) and Swing/Cover Jemima and Rumpleteazer in Cats (New London).
Her Television credits include: The 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, BBC Children in Need, Blue Peter, Party in the Park, The Queen’s 80th Birthday Celebration and Young Thora Hird in Lost for Words for ITV.
On Radio, her credits include: Sunset Boulevard for BBC Radio 2 Music Live and her recordings include: Betty Blue Eyes, Oliver! and ABBA; Thank You For The Music The Symphonic Celebration.
Her Creative credits include: as Assistant Choreographer: What’s On Stage Awards 2016 (Prince Of Wales Theatre); Qdos Pantomimes Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); A Little Night Music Concert (Palace Theatre); Follies (Royal Albert Hall); Qdos Pantomimes Snow White & The Seven Dwarves (Beck Theatre, Hayes) and The Night Of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall); as Resident Director & Associate Choreographer: Betty Blue Eyes (Regional Tour) and as Associate Choreographer for Popular Productions: Sound of Music (Doha & Bahrain).
For several reasons the story of Calendar Girls is very close to Rebecca’s heart and she looks forward to dedicating her performances to the memory of Barbara Mawson, a truly wonderful Yorkshire lady who’s dying wish was…”blummin’ umer, I hope she gets that job!”
TYLER SMITH Swing Cover
Tyler is originally from Filey, North Yorkshire and is currently studying a BA Hons in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music. He has been involved in numerous youth theatre productions, and over the past 6 years has become a regular on the Yorkshire gigging circuit. He has recently been commissioned to write original music for the Stephen Joseph Theatre adaptation of Aladdin. Tyler recently took part in BBC 1’s Let It Shine. This production marks Tyler’s West End Debut.