Looking Forward with Janie Dee

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Janie Dee returns to her favourite cabaret venue for an update on life, love and showbiz. Janie Dee is an award-winning actress and musical theatre star, celebrated for her extraordinary versatility in work on stage, film, television and radio. Her career embraces everything from Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe, to acclaimed performances in classic plays, modern dramas and comedies, as well as leading roles in many of the great musicals. In addition, she regularly performs her witty, sophisticated cabarets at leading venues in London and across the UK. 


Photo credits: Trevor Leighton/WOMAN & HOME / Follies photo credit: Johan Persson


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"The show’s glory is Janie Dee. She plays all the layers simultaneously: incredulous and wistful, chilly and carnal. Is she the best actor in Britain? Could be."

Putting It Together - David Jays, Sunday Times Culture

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Janie received a 2018 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Phyllis Rogers Stone in Follies at the National Theatre. Previous to this, Janie won the three most prestigious awards in British Theatre: the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Jacie Triplethree in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential which she originated at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and subsequently played to critical acclaim in the West End and in New York, where she also received the Obie and Theatre World Best Newcomer Award. Janie received the 2013 TMA UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! (Curve, Leicester). Prior to this, Janie received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (National Theatre), she was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for Lucy Kirkwood's NSFW at the Royal Court and Best Actress in a Musical in 2002 for Gershwin's My One and Only.

Theatre: Follies (National Theatre – Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award, WhatsOnStage Award nominations); Monogamy (Park Theatre & Tour); Linda (Manhattan Theatre Club, New York – Critics’ Circle Award nomination); Antony and Cleopatra (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles and Barbican Theatre, London); Hand to God (Vaudeville Theatre); The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ah, Wilderness! (Young Vic); 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe Theatre); Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre); Putting It Together (St James Theatre); Noises Off (Old Vic); All’s Well That Ends Well (Globe Theatre); Private Lives (Nottingham Playhouse); The King and I (Curve, Leicester); A Month in the Country (Chichester Festival); The Little Hut (UK Tour); Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre); Woman In Mind (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Theatre); Shadowlands (Andrew Welch Productions); Donkey’s Years (SNF Productions);  Divas At The Donmar (Donmar Warehouse);as a member of Sir Peter Hall’s company (Duchess Theatre London, Theatre Royal Bath and National Tours): Orinthia in The Apple Cart; Kate in Old Times; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing;Emma in Betrayal; Gilda in Design for Living. Three Sisters (Chichester Festival Theatre); Paradise Moscow (Opera North); The Shakespeare Revue (RSC); Women of Troy (National Theatre); Johnny on a Spot (National Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (New English Shakespeare). For Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Janie originated the roles of: Jacie in Comic Potential (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Lyric Theatre London, Manhattan Theatre NYC);Susan in House and Garden; Amanda in Dreams from a Summer House.  

Janie also performed Old Times and Celebration as part of the Pinter 75 - A Celebration festival at The Gate Theatre, Dublin – Celebration was later filmed, in which Janie starred alongside Colin Firth.

Janie’s recent screen credits include: Chimerica; Official Secrets; Dare to be Wild; Crashing; The Driving Seat; As One; The Bathroom; The Trouble with Dot and Harry; Harold Pinter’s Celebration; P D James’ Death in Holy Orders; The Murder Room and Me and Orson Welles.

Janie has also recently launched her album, Janie Dee at the BBC, which is available on iTunes.