‘Miss-Leading Ladies’ at the St James Studio, London.


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St James Studio Presents

A spectacular musical revue of the illustrious leading ladies of a bygone era



Starring Ria Jones & Ceri Dupree

Director Sarah-Louise Young

Musical Director Edward Court

Ria Jones and Ceri Dupree star in this stunning 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, to name a few. This gene pool of rip roaring talent will lead you astray in their dazzling revue of these illustrious leading ladies.  Between them these ingenious siblings lay claim to 60 years of showbiz. Featuring the richest array of costumes scarcely seen since the heyday of La Rue, and over 20 show stopping songs and vocals that have ripped the roof off the Royal Albert Hall on more than one occasion.
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, but together 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. A celebratory evening that will long remain in the memory of those quick enough to have secured tickets.
‘Dupree storms the stage with style, wit, glamour and a pace that leaves you amazed’ Time Out
‘Showstopping siblings proving why there is nothing misleading about their family talent in a show packed with songs, pizzazz and bags of heart’ Leicester Mercury
‘Ria Jones, what a Maserati of a voice’ Quentin Letts – Daily Mail
 Ria Jones many West End credits include the Narrator in ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, Liz Imbrie in ‘High Society’, Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’, Grizabella in Cats’, Svetlana/Florence in Chess’ and Necrophorus in Nine’. Other work includes ‘Evita’ Manchester Opera House’, UK Tours of ‘The Witches Of Eastwick’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Acorn Antiques’, ‘High Society’‘Hackney To Hollywood’ and ‘West End Women’‘Victor Victoria’ and ‘Romance Romance’ at the 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.
TV Credits include ‘One Night Only With Ria Jones’ BBC Wales, three ‘Royal Variety Shows’ BBC, ‘Bryn Terfel’s Faenol Festival’ BBC Wales, ‘Showstoppers’ BBC, ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’ Channel 4, ‘Welsh In The West End’ ITV1 Wales, Victoria Woods ‘Eric and Ernie’, BBC ‘Torchwood’ and the ‘Angina Monologues’ with Victoria Wood for Sky TV.
Concert credits and recordings are numerous as Ria performs regularly as a concert soloist, frequently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and major orchestras worldwide.
Ceri Dupree’s numerous residencies and appearances include Café de Paris, the Talk of London, the Stork club, Ronnie Scotts, 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, Wicked Witch in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Haymarket Theatre, Leicester. Pantomime includes ‘Aladdin’‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Birmingham Hippodrome and UK Tour.
Ceri’s own shows include, ‘Extraordinaire’‘Ladies of Legend’‘Brenda: A Star is Torn’‘The Ceri Dupree Spectacular’‘Eager Divas’, ‘Duprees 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’
TV –  Danny La Rue in ‘Cilla’ three-part ITV drama, ‘Ceri Dupree Unfrocked’ four-part ITV show, ‘Rhod Gilberts Work Experience’ BBC
Sarah-Louise Young | Director
Sarah 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 MusicalWest End credits include her solo piece Julie Madly Deeply at Trafalgar Studios. She has performed her other solo Cabaret Whore’ shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Soho Theatre and Off-Broadway.
Edward Court | Musical Director
Edward is a Musical Director, Writer and Composer. His recent credits as Musical Director include: Jerry’s Girls (St James Studio & Jermyn Street Theatre), Snow White & The Seven Dwarves (Broadway Theatre, Catford), Edges (Tabard Theatre), The Legend of Notre Dame (Also Writer and Composer (London Theatre Workshop)), Elegies for AngelsPunks and Raging Queens (PPA), Arthur’s Quest (Also Writer and Composer (Augment Productions)) and Assistant MD for Jabberwocky (YMT UK).

Performances:               Tuesday – Sunday 8.00pm
Saturday matinees:        3.00pm & 8.00pm
Sunday matinees:          3.00pm & 7.00pm (No performance Sunday 16th)
Wednesday 5th / Thursday 6th  8.00pm
Preview Tickets Prices
Studio Floor                  £15.00
Studio Gallery               £17.50
Studio Upper Gallery     £15.00
Studio Standing              £12.00
On The Door                £17.50
Standard Ticket Prices
Studio Floor                  £20.00
Studio Gallery               £25.00
Studio Upper Gallery     £20.00
Studio Standing              £12.00
On The Door                £25.00
 PRESS NIGHT: Friday 7th AUGUST, 8.00pm
 Box Office: www.stjamestheatre.co.uk  tel: 08442642140  
Miss-Leading Ladies