Jennifer Saunders is set to star in Noel Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit as director Richard Eyre's production of the play transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre in London for a limited run from March 2020.
Jennifer Saunders On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Jennifer Saunders is set to take to the West End once again as she stars in Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit following rave reviews in her first stint in the role.
Saunders was born in the Lincolnshire town of Sleaford, and went on to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama on a drama teachers’ course after spending a year working in Italy as an au pair. It was at Central where she met her comedy partner-to-be, Dawn French.
The pair went on to live together in London as they worked the comedy festival circuit as a duo. Eventually, they responded to an ad for comedians to become members of the comedy collective The Comic Strip – which had previously only employed men. Upon walking into the audition, the French and Saunders were immediately employed, and became colleagues with the likes of Rik Mayall, Robbie Coltrane and Adrian Edmondson.
The Comic Strip had its own TV series throughout the 80s and 90s, which included a spot on Channel 4’s first night of broadcast. But it was in the late 80s when French and Saunders decided to branch out and step into the spotlight as they launched an eponymous sketch show for the BBC which would eventually run for two decades.
Saunders major solo success came on television in the 90s, as she starred in the series she created, Absolutely Fabulous, with Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha. The series saw Saunders play Edina Monsoon, a boozy PR agent.
Saunders last role in the West End, and her first in 20 years, was in 2017 when she appeared in a production of Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by Kathy Burke as part of Dominic Dromgoole’s Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre.
She returns to the West End stage in 2020 to star in Blithe Spirit, a new production of Noel Coward’s comedy about a clairvoyant visiting a writer in need of inspiration. The play runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 5th March 2020.
Upcoming Shows Featuring Jennifer Saunders
Academy® Award winning actress Whoopi Goldberg is back as Deloris Van Cartier with BAFTA award winner Jennifer Saunders in the role of Mother Superior as Sister Act The Musical comes to London in Summer 2020.
Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around.
It’s gonna be fabulous baby!
Brenda Edwards will be playing the role of Deloris Van Cartier for Thursday matinee performances.