Interview: West End legend, Jenna Russell

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Olivier-Award-winning and Tony-Award-nominated performer Jenna Russell is currently preparing for her first large solo concert at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 7th November 2021. 

Jenna will perform some of her favourite songs and material from some of the roles she has played, with a live band helmed by her friend, and musical director, Nigel Lilley.


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Jenna most recently starred as the title role in Piaf (Nottingham Playhouse/Leeds Playhouse) and Celebrating Sondheim (Chichester Festival Theatre). 

Jenna has played so many iconic roles in so many iconic productions! Just a few of her performances have included Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), Dot in Sunday In The Park With George (West End & Broadway), Helen in Fun Home (Young Vic), Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory), Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus (Duke Of York’s), Little Edie in Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Woman 2 in Songs For A New World (St James Theatre), Rose in Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville Theatre), Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown (St James Theatre/Apollo Theatre), Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre) & Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Jenna played Michelle Fowler in EastEnders (BBC), with her other television appearances including the BBC’s Born and Bred, Call the Midwife & Death in Paradise and ITV’s Midsomer Murders & Home To Roost as well as being the performer of the theme tune to the sit-com Red Dwarf.

In this episode, Jenna discusses preparations for her solo show, the challenge of learning Piaf and the time she saved a performance of Les Mis… plus lots more!

For tickets to Jenna’s solo show, visit

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. 

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