Siblings Ria Jones and Ceri Dupree will star in this celebration of some of the greatest grande dames of stage and screen, adding their own unique family twist. From Ethel Merman to Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich to Danny La Rue, Miss-Leading Ladies will showcase them all, playing at the St James Studio Theatre from 5–30 August (press night is 7 August).
Featuring a rich array of costumes and more than 20 showstopping songs, Miss-Leading Ladies is a ‘whirlpool of illusion, captivating chemistry and a delightful homage to those revered leading ladies of a bygone golden era’.
Singularly sensational, Ria Jones and Ceri Dupree are also regarded as a tour de force when they combine their talents into a unique theatrical experience. After all, what other actress can lay claim to having played both Evita and Mrs Overall in her career, and what other actor can lay claim to have walked in the shoes of every legendary leading lady.
Ria Jones’ many West End credits include the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Liz Imbrie in High Society, Fantine in Les Miserables, Grizabella in Cats, Svetlana/Florence in Chess and Necrophorus in Nine. Other work includes UK tours of The Witches of Eastwick, Anything Goes, Acorn Antiques, Hackney to Hollywood and West End Women; Victor Victoria and Romance Romance (Bridewell), A Little Night Music (Leicester Haymarket), Personals (New End Theatre), A Twist of Fate (Jubilee Theatre, Raffles, Singapore), Honk (Victoria Theatre, Singapore), Into the Woods (The Esplanade Theatre, Singapore), 42nd Street (Leicester Curve), and most recently Jerry’s Girls at St James Studio and Jermyn Street Theatre.
Ceri Dupree’s numerous residencies and appearances include Café de Paris, the Talk of London, the Stork club, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza On the Park, Minsky’s Music Hall and Madame JoJo’s.
Theatre credits include, Rock Hard (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), UK tour of Hot Stuff, Frank‘n’Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford) and Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester).
Dupree’s own shows include, Extraordinaire, Ladies of Legend, Brenda: A Star is Torn, The Ceri Dupree Spectacular, Eager Divas, Dupree’s a Crowd, Totally Frocked Up!, Gown and Out, Divalicious, The Ladies I Love, and most recently Fit For a Queen at the Leicester Square Theatre, Eyecons and of course Miss-Leading Ladies.
Director Sarah-Louise Young has been voted one of Time Out’s Top Cabaret Acts and Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards. She has guested with Fascinating Aïda and is a member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. West End credits include her solo piece Julie Madly Deeply at Trafalgar Studios. She has performed her other solo show Cabaret Whore at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Soho Theatre and Off-Broadway. Young also appeared with Jones in Jerry’s Girls at at St James Studio and Jermyn Street Theatre.
Edward Court is a musical director, writer and composer. His recent credits as musical director include: Jerry’s Girls (St James Studio and Jermyn Street Theatre), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Broadway Theatre, Catford), Edges (Tabard Theatre), The Legend of Notre Dame (also writer and composer (London Theatre Workshop), Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (PPA), Arthur’s Quest (also writer and composer (Augment Productions) and assistant MD for Jabberwocky (YMT UK).
Miss-Leading Ladies is presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.