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Jim's one man show, 
"Just Jim Dale"
Nominated for an 
Off Broadway Alliance Award
Drama League Award
Lucille Lortel Award
Outer Critics Award (Winner)
Drama Desk Award

Following his huge Off-Broadway success in New York last season, Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner 
and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale will have a dream come true.
He will bring his critically acclaimed show, "Just Jim Dale" 
to London’s West End in 2015.
Previewing from Tuesday 26th May (Press Night 28th May) at the Vaudeville Theatre, 
where Jim made his West End musical debut in 1965 in The Wayward Way. 
This return marks the 50th Anniversary of his first performance at the theatre.

Jim Dale is one of the world’s great stage entertainers: singer, dancer, comedian, Shakespearean actor, raconteur. 
In "Just Jim Dale", Jim takes audiences on a journey through an unequalled career in the theatre 
with a myriad of irresistible showbiz tales, songs and performances – 
a career extending 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" and "Me and My Girl", 
and then his uproarious experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks for the US 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".
Jim says: “It’s hard to believe that it will be 50 years since I made my West End debut at the Vaudeville Theatre, 
Stepping onto that stage again will be as comfortable to me as slipping into an old pair of jeans. 

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.

Nica Burns, producer, said:
“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!”  
For ticket sales 

Here is one of the very best 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 and very briefly himself a shoe factory hand, 
worked himself up through hard training to the summits of showbiz, 
to Britain’s beloved Music Hall and beyond it to stellar performing in every possible country and 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 or Smith. Yes Smith, as he was born, but, by a printer’s error he adopted, 
Dale, 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.

Jim's creative team is  
Richard Maltby (Director)
Mark York (Pianist and co-arranger), 
Aaron Gandy (Music direction by co-arranger),

Jim was nominated for his seventh Drama Desk Award 
 for his appearance in the
Roundabout Theatre production of 
Athol Fugard's, 

"The Road to Mecca"
Rosemary Harris and Carla Gugino 
Directed by Gordon Edelstein

"Dale almost steals the show - 
if it wasn't for Rosemary Harris up there too, 
he'd sneak home with the play."
Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer

"Dale, a great treasure of the theater, is deceivingly brilliant as Marius."

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

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