Previewed 26 May 2015, Opened 28 May 2015, Closed 20 June 2015 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
The Tony Award winning Jim Dale in London with his acclaimed solo-show for a strictly limited season.
Direct from his acclaimed off-Broadway run during the summer of 2014, Jim Dale gives a hilarious and heartwarming tour-de-force performance through his unequalled career in theatre and film with a myriad of showbiz tales, songs and performances proving he is one of the most masterful entertainers of his generation.
Directed by Richard Maltby Jnr with designs by Anna Louzios, musical direction and arrangements by Aaron Gandy and pianist and arrangements by Mark York.
When this production opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre, Dominic Maxwell in the Times described it as being a "ravishingly entertaining look back on his 62 years in showbusiness... Jim Dale has the vitality and versatility of a true old-school showman throughout.". Claire Allfree in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "this show is a love letter to the British post-war comedy culture in which this working-class grafter forged his skills. But it is also a love letter to Jim Dale's own comic talent, written by Dale himself... the material here is stretched pretty thin. Still, the patter comes easy, the gags even easier. If you love Jim Dale, there's a fair bet you'll love this." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail said that "the evening is charming, amusing, unexpectedly informative. Mr Dale has packed a lot into his four-score years and he shows no sign of stopping." Neil Norman in the Daily Express commented how "Jim Dale is a man of many parts – and most of them appear to be in perfect working order. For an entertainer of his vintage he can sing, dance and give old jokes a fresh coat of paint before sending them back into the world almost as good as new." Michael Billington in the Guardian wrote: "Can it be true? The programme tells us that Jim Dale is about to turn 80. You would hardly guess it watching this lithe figure as he recalls an extraordinary career that has embraced Carry On movies, Olivier's National Theatre company and Broadway stardom in Barnum and Me and My Girl. Far from being an old man’s nostalgia trip, the show feels like an expression of Dale’s perpetual youth... Today, Dale still represents the delight of comedy in motion."
Just Jim Dale in London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 26 May 2015, opened on 28 May 2015 and closed on 20 June 2015.