West End Diva & Olivier Award Nominee Rosie Ashe pays tribute to national treasure Dora Bryan, whose showbiz career spanned eight decades! From pantomime to Shakespeare, Carry On films to a BAFTA winning role in A Taste of Honey, she did it all! TV sitcoms included Dinner Ladies, AbFab and Last of The Summer Wine. She made millions laugh but her personal life was a rollercoaster. Expect fun, music & laughter with excerpts from Hello Dolly, The Water Gypsies and many more.
Dora Bryan is being brought to the stage by west end star Rosemary Ashe, a performer with an enviable CV that has seen her in so many huge shows across her career. Rosie has appeared in many West End productions including: Carlotta, the Prima Donna in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, Madame Thenardier in ‘Les Miserables’, Cunegonde in ‘Candide’, Widow Corney in ‘Oliver!’, Hortense in ‘The Boyfriend’, Forbidden Broadway, Felicia Gabriel in ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ (for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical), Miss Andrew, the nasty nanny in ‘Mary Poppins’, Lottie Grady in ‘When We Are Married’ & Grandma Mole in ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 & ¾’ and her own tribute to Broadway and Hollywood star Ethel Merman, 'Call Me Merman'..
Rosie has always been a huge fan of Dora Bryan and during a clear out during lockdown last year came across an old cassette of hers which gave her the inspiration to write the show. She spent a lot of time doing research into her long career and talked to many actors and directors who knew and worked with her, to get a real flavour of this versatile actress. The result is Adorable Dora, a show that tells of her often turbulent life and recreates some of Dora’s best known and best loved theatrical creations.
Christopher Biggins, himself an iconic figure in British theatre history, has seen the show and immediately had this to say; "Last night I went to the Jermyn St Theatre off Piccadilly to see Adorable Dora, a show about Dora Bryan, who was not just someone I worked in pantomime with, but also a very close friend of mine. Rosemary Ashe has resurrected her in the most extraordinary way so that Dora has not left us at all, but is alive and well and living off Piccadilly which is pertinent as she played so many ladies of the night! Not only does Rosie look and sound like her, she manages to convey the very essence, fun, eccentricity and flamboyance of this wonderful, wonderful actress. I urge everyone to beg, steal or borrow a ticket."
Well now you can actually get to see this extraordinary tribute to one the comedy greats live at The Bowdon Rooms for this incredible performance.