Jim Dale to Return to London Stage

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Tony-winning actor Jim Dale is to return to the West End to the same venue where he made his West End musical debut 50 years ago when he brings his recent Off-Broadway biographical show Just Jim Dale to the Vaudeville Theatre, beginning performances May 26 prior to an official opening May 28, for a run through June 20.

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Dale premiered the show at Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre in 2014. In the show, he draws on his experiences across a career of over 70 years, that stretches from performing as the youngest professional comedian on the British Music Hall stage and joining the National Theatre at the request of Sir Laurence Olivier, to starring in 11 "Carry On" films and starring on Broadway in Scapino, Barnum and Me and My Girl. He has also appeared in three Disney films, including "Pete's Dragon," and narrated all seven "Harry Potter" audiobooks for the U.S. market.

In a press statement, Dale commented, "It's hard to believe that it will be 50 years since I made my West End debut at the Vaudeville Theatre, so I'm thrilled to be back with my own show. Stepping onto that stage again will be as comfortable to me as slipping into an old pair of jeans."

The show is directed by Richard Maltby Jr., the Tony-winning director of Ain't Misbehavin' whose other Broadway directing credits include The show is directed by Richard Maltby Jr, the Tony winning director of Ain't Misbehavin' and whose other Tony nominated Broadway directing credits include Baby and Fosse. He also co-wrote the musical Miss Saigon. Mark York accompanies Dale on piano, and the show is produced by Nica Burns. <P>
. Mark York accompanies Dale on piano, and the show is produced by Nica Burns.

In a press statement, Burns commented, "I was so stunned by Jim Dale's performance when I saw him in New York that I rushed backstage afterwards and begged him to come to London. This is a delightful gem of a show. Thirty performances only: don’t miss it!"

Prior to his West End run, Dale will present two performances of the show at the Corby Cube, April 11 and 12, situated less than 10 miles from his birthplace of Rothwell, Northamptonshire. 

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 9675 or visit www.justjimdale.com.

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