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Jim's one man show, 
"Just Jim Dale"
Winner of 2015
NYC Outer Critics Award
NYC Drama Desk Award

"Jim Dale is one of the world’s great stage entertainers: actor, singer, dancer, comedian, narrator, raconteur. 
In "Just Jim Dale", he takes audiences on a journey through sixty years of theatre 
with a myriad of irresistible showbiz tales, songs and performances – 
from performing as the youngest professional comedian on the British Music Hall stage, 
to joining the National Theatre at the request of Sir Laurence Olivier, starring in 28 films including 11 of the "Carry On" series, 
his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum, Me and My Girl, Joe Egg, Candide, Road to Mecca
and then his uproarious experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks for the US and Canadian market. 
Candid, intimate and hilarious, "Just Jim Dale" is an unforgettable evening with consummate stage personality, 
encompassing stories from the vast breadth of Jim’s theatrical work, film roles and beloved songs, 
including The Colours of My Life, The Lambeth Walk and Georgy Girl." Richard Maltby Jnr. Director.

Here is one of the very best New York reviews for "Just Jim Dale" any actor could possibly receive:
John Simon 
New York theatre critic, 5th. June 2014

What a relief to come to the marvelous “Just Jim Dale,” as good a solo show as you will ever see, 
and which I cannot commend and recommend highly enough. 
Jim Dale may just be the most charming farceur to tread the boards, 
while also triumphing on both the big and little screen and in music, 
to say nothing of his brilliant recorded readings of the seven Harry Potter novels, 
in which he manages a different, equally splendid voice for all two hundred plus characters.
But let’s get back to charm. 
This usually comes with high comedy a la Noel Coward or Cary Grant,
 or, more Gallicly and bedroomily, by Charles Boyer. 
It almost never comes with unabashedly low or middle-range farce, 
dazzlingly elevated to the heights attained by Jim Dale, 
as he holds you in his palms, his feet, his whole body for two uninterrupted hours, 
leaving you wallowing in laughter but perfectly game for any number of hours more.
Delightfully accompanied by Mark York on the piano—and a bit beyond—
Dale sings and clowns, dances and jests with delicious patter, 
and moves with an anthology of comic walks, gestures, and even the odd pratfall, 
right onto your funny bone and into your heart. 
And when I say funny bone, I don’t mean merely that spot on your elbow, 
but every bone and muscle making you shake with laughter to make the rafters ring.

The show is essentially Dale’s telling and reenacting of his life and stage story, 
and how a boy from a working-class suburb of London, with working-class parents,
worked himself up through hard training to the summits of showbiz, 
to Britain’s beloved Music Hall and beyond it to every possible medium, 
including Shakespeare and Molière, displaying matchless movement (as suggested by his father), 
terrific timing (ditto) and those oodles and oodles of charm 
which only inborn talent and hard work lightly worn can attain.

Richard Maltby, Jr. has contributed skilled direction, and Anna Louizos a handsome backdrop, 
but mostly it’s the genius of just Jim Dale. 
He has “forged in the smithy of his soul” (phrase by James Joyce) not just “the conscience of his race” (Joyce again), 
but also the conquest and conveying of the summits of comedy.
It is impossible to impart all this through mere printed words; you must catch “Just Jim Dale” and experience it firsthand. 
What you see and hear will stay with you as a touchstone for as long as you are capable of joyous remembrance.

The “Just Jim Dale” team is directed by Tony-Award winning director (and co-author of “Miss Saigon”) Richard Maltby, Jr.  
Pianist Mark York and Musical Director Aaron Gandy make up this glorious foursome.

Jim's last musical on Broadway was
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's,

"The Threepenny Opera" 

For his performance as Mister Peachum 
he was honored with a
Drama Desk Award
 Outer Critics Circle Award 
 Richard Seff Award 
 Drama League Award
Tony Award Nomination  

The American Theatre Critics Assoc. 
recently inducted Jim into the 
American Theatre Hall of Fame 
Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Latest Audiobook News

Audible are now releasing the Harry Potter audiobooks.
Here is Jim talking of his narration work


Latest Narration

"The Fire Chronicle"
written by John Stevens

"The Emerald Atlas"
written by John Stevens 

"The Night Circus"
written by Erin Morgenstern

"Peter and the Wolf"
with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

"Liesl and Po"

Written by Lauren Oliver

"The Shoe Bird"
written by Eudora Welty
with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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