The WestEnders features six talented performers who between them have appeared in over twenty of the most popular and prestigious West End shows of the last decade - including Beauty & the Beast, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aspects Of Love, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, Crazy For You and many more.
Under the musical direction of Jae Alexander, The WestEnders offers a semi-staged concert performance, featuring your favourite songs from the magical shows of the West End.
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Jae's Theatre credits include: South Pacific at the Barbican, West Side Story (Her Majesty's); The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (The Savoy), Follies (Shaftesbury),Cats (New London); The Hunting Of The Snark (Prince Edward), Crazy For You ( Prince Edward), Lionel Bart's Oliver! ( Palladium), Disney's Beauty And The Beast ( Dominion ), Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre) and Fiddler On The Roof (Savoy Theatre). Company, Shylock, Cole,and The Rocky Horror Show (Manchester Library), Grease, West Side Story, The Pyjama Game and Fat Pig the Musical (Leicester Haymarket), The Card (Watermill Newbury), Putting It Together (Oxford), Gypsy (Sheffield Crucible) and Tell Me On A Sunday ( National Tour).
Jae's television credits include three series of Codir To (S4C), two series of Peter Karrie Unmasked (BBC Wales), Mardi Gras (S4C), Challenge Anneka, many Royal Variety Shows, The Magic Of The Musicals, The Gershwin Centennial at The Royal Albert Hall (BBC) and most recently Noson for S4C.
Over the past years Jae has had the opportunity to combine his passion for classical music with his love of live entertainment, working as Conductor on an ever-increasing number of outdoor spectacular classical concerts. These have seen him conducting across the country and working with some of the most famous orchestras in the world, including The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The English National Orchestra and The Wren Orchestra. Attracting audiences in excess of six thousand to each concert, these events have seen Jae accompanying many international stars such as Sarah Brightman, Willard White, Sarah Walker, Charlotte Church and Julian Lloyd Webber. Most recently Jae conducted the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Royal Albert Hall starring Russell Watson.
Linda Jarvis trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. She then toured the UK playing Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach for Bill Kenwright. She made her West End debut in the original production of Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre), having previously worked with director Trevor Nunn, on the workshop production of The Bakers Wife.
She then joined the cast of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre where she enjoyed two more years in the West End and met many of her fellow WestEnders. It was here in the Palace Theatre dressing rooms along with Jill Nalder, that the idea for the company was born.
During her time in Les Miserables, Linda performed in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Halland two Royal Variety Performances for Her Majesty The Queen. As a founder member of the WestEnders Linda has been performing all over the world over the last decade with The Best Musicals Ever!, More of the Best Musicals and West End Goes Ballroom.
Jill is originally from Wales and trained at Mountview Theatre School.
West End credits include Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, and the Original Cast of (Oscar winning) Sam Mendes' production of Oliver! at the London Palladium. On tour and in repertory she has appeared in Annie, no less than three times, Cabaret, Godspell, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz, Nunsense Oliver!, Stepping Out!, Whistle Down The Wind and The World Premier of Sugar [Some Like It Hot] at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She appeared twice in the role of Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy at The Sheffield Crucible and The Grand Theatre Swansea.
Other work includes numerous appearances as Principal Boy in Pantomime including Brighton Theatre Royal and the Mayflower Southampton. Extensive concert work includes Hello Dolly with Chita Rivera and Carol Channing, My One and Only, The Cole Porter Centennial at The Prince Edward and Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
She is a founder member of WestEnders and has toured with the Company for the last decade travelling all over the World!
Frances trained in Musical Theatre at the London Studio Centre.
Theatre credits include: Cosette at the Palace Theatre London, The 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables (Royal Albert Hall), Captain Beaky and his Band (Playhouse London), The Sound of Music Tour directed by Wendy Toye and Hey Mr Producer (Lyceum Theatre London). She is a Director and original founder of The WestEnders which has been running successfully now for fifteen years. She is proud to have travelled the world with the group on board Cunard's Queen Mary and QE2 ships.
Other highlights include a tour of India, numerous tours of Europe and the UK, as well as some fantastic corporate venues including The Guildhall, The Landmark Hotel, The Ritz, The Savoy, The American Ambassador's Residence, Hyde Park, Millbank Tower Fifa bid, and the Natural History Museum.
She met Jill Nalder whilst working as a member of the original cast of Oliver! at the world famous London Palladium, under the direction of Oscar winner Sam Mendes.
Lisa trained at the Arts Educational School.
She has recently appeared in the play Steel Magnolias (UK Tour) playing Truvy, for certain performances. She is currently appearing in Just Jacks music video, The day I died (playing James Nesbitts wife) and featured in Halifax, Lloyds Pharmacy and German commercials. Other commercials include Primula Cheese (UK),T Mobile (UK), Chex Mix (America). Last year she also featured in the 25th Les Miserable Concert at the O2 and a workshop and performance called Stop Dreaming newly written by Ray Cooney and music by Chas and Dave.
She has also appeared in Blood Brothers, (Dubai), Footloose, where she was also resident director, Acorn Antiques! (UK Tour), Peter Pan, Starting Here Starting Now (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Jailhouse Rock, The Witches of Eastwick, Cats, Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Mr. Cinders (The Kings Head). Other tours include Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Martin Guerre;, The Sound Of Music (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and Hot Stuff (The Leicester Haymarket).
Television and Radio work includes: Katie in Eastenders, Receptionist in Murder in Mind opposite Keeley Hawes and Like Theyve Never Been Gone Before for Radio. Lisa has also recorded lead vocals for numerous professional recordings.
Her concerts include: Les Misérables Scandinavian tour, a charity concert singing with Graham Bickley in the West End and The Tenth Anniversary concert of Les Misérables at The Royal Albert Hall. She also occasionally appears in The Westenders.
Stephen trained at Mountview and his professional debut was in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre) playing Enjolras.
He has sung in various concerts and on numerous demo recordings, including performances with The WestEnders in the UK and internationally. Stephen played the title role in the 1999 cast of Martin Guerre (Cameron Mackintosh) also on the cast recording. Other theatre work includes Jerry Springer-The Opera (BAC, London); Woman in White (Sydmonton Festival), Harry/Young Ebenezer opposite Shane Richie in Scrooge (UK Tour), and more recently as part of the cast of The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane / UK Tour) playing Roger DeBris & covering Leo Bloom.
He has also toured performing in You Don't Bring Me Flowers - a celebration of the songs of Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand. Stephen also works with Capital Voices as a session singer, soloist and backing vocalist including for Martine McCutcheon, Michael Crawford, Will Young & Michael Ball)
Andrew trained as a singer at the Italia Conti Academy in London. On the London stage he has performed in 6 West End musicals including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pirates Of Penzance and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium in which he played the title role.
On UK television he was a featured singer at the star-studded British Academy Awards (BBC) , and performed two solo numbers on Tim Rice Special (BBC).
With The Unconventionals, live show finalists on The X Factor UK, Andrew performed alongside Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis and Take That, and subsequently supported Westlife at Wembley Arena and Tom Jones at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Other UK television appearances include This Morning, GMTV and The Sharon Osbourne Show.
As a recording artist Andrew has recently enjoyed extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2, & recorded solo material at the world famous Abbey Road Studios - released internationally.
Andrew has performed with The WestEnders for ten years appearing with them worldwide, and features on their album.
Adrian's career encompasses all areas of the entertainment business including Film, TV, Radio, Stage and Musical Theatre. He graduated from Arts Educational & Bristol Old Vic, and was named Stephen Sondheim Performer of the Year at a live London Final in 2008, winning a solo spot at the prestigious London Palladium. He has played leading roles in Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever and Tommy.
He regularly performs all over the world a la Three Tenors, he sang the National Anthem for the England Rugby Team at Twickenham Stadium and has appeared multiple times on the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, including solo spots on the Rogers & Hammerstein Prom & My Fair Lady Prom. You may have also heard him on BBC Radio voicing a multitude of characters in their very popular radio dramas.
Adrian is also a Presenter and Corporate MC whose clients have included: Coca Cola, Chanel and Nokia.
Shaun recently directed Shrek - The Musical (Sweden and Norway), My Fair Lady (BBC Proms), South Pacific (Ogunquit Playhouse, USA) and The Magic of Disney in Concert for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Hyde Park. Other directing credits include the Swedish Premiere of Crazy For You, Sunset Boulevard, (Goteborg Opera and US Regional Premiere with Stefanie Powers). In the US, new productions of Les Misérables and My Fair Lady. On Broadway he was Resident Director of Mary Poppins (New Amsterdam Theatre). He directed My Fair Lady for its 50th Anniversary US National Tour, Super Alice Smith (Trafalgar Studios), Baby (Mountview), The Life (Guildford School of Acting), Merrily We Roll Along and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (RWCMD).
As Associate Director; Les Misérables (Palace Theatre and UK National Tour, My Fair Lady (National Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and UK National Tour, Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre), Peter Pan and The Pirates of Penzance (Savoy Theatre), Resident Director of The Lion King (Lyceum) and Acorn Antiques The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Shaun was assistant director on Les Miserables - 10th Anniversary (Royal Albert Hall) and later staged the concert in Chelmsford, Cardiff Castle, Tokyo and for a Gala to celebrate 100 years of the Entente Cordiale at Windsor Castle for Her Majesty the Queen. Other Concert work; Hey Mr Producer!, The Hired Man and Cavalcade of Coward. He has toured internationally with the musical group The WestEnders.
As an actor Shaun played the title role in Candide, Pirates of Penzance, Marry Me a Little, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and Les Miserables.
Nathan trained at the Guildford School of Acting receiving the Cameron Mackintosh Scholarship.
His West End Credits include Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Martin Guerre (Prince Edward), The Rocky Horror Show (Victoria Palace), the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Playhouse), Steve Strange in Boy Georges Taboo (The Venue), Les Miserables (Palace/Queens), Northbrook/Valentine in the World Premiere cast of Mary Poppins (Prince Edward), Original London cast of Spamalot (Palace), Naked Boys Singing, Nunsense A-Men and F***ing Men (Arts).
Other Theatre credits include Theyre Playing Our Song and Wun Sung Hi in Aladdin (Royal Theatre Northampton), Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour), Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), Matt/Bank Manager/Estate Agent in Spend! Spend! Spend! (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Round The Horne (UK Tour), Bill Tompkins in The Day Before Spring (Sadlers Wells), the Jaguar in Just So (Tabard Theatre London).
Recorded work includes 25th Anniversary recording of The Rocky Horror Show, starring Jason Donovan, Original Cast Recording of Mary Poppins. Nathan regularly sings in cabarets and concerts, performing a wide variety of music, from opera through musical theatre, to swing standards. He sometimes even yodels!
Originally from a small town near Wigan in Lancashire, Jon trained at Rose Bruford College (BA Hons in Theatre Arts), and as an International Scholarship student on the MFA Program at Texas Tech University.
His work includes: Narnia, The 39 Steps, A Christmas Carol, The Woman in Black, Trashmans Dilemma (all in Canada), and in the UK: West End productions of Les Miserables, Leonardo, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Fiddler on the Roof. UK tours and rep: Poppy, Guys and Dolls, Promises Promises, Uncle Vanya, The Rivals, Let My People Come. At The John Maegden Theater in Lubbock, Texas, he played Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes for which he won the TTU theatre award as Best Actor...he thinks because he was the only one with an authentic British accent! On radio: two series of The Adventures of PG Woodlouse (co-written and performed with Felicity Duncan for BBC Radio), and Jonathan Nicholby in Afghanada on CBC Radio in Canada.
His writing includes Hard as Nails (winner Best New Play at The London Writers Competition), and (with Barbara Worthy) an adaptation of Its A Wonderful Life performed at The Seneca Theatre in Niagara Falls. Jon is one of the original founders of The WestEnders...and although he has moved around a lot...he just can't seem to get rid of them...which he loves and thanks Jill, Jarv and Fly for hugely!
Gareth trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
His London West End appearances include Phantom of the Opera (Her Majestys Theatre), he was invited to play Andre in the 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall (Universal Pictures). Also, Assassins and Company (Sam Mendes, Donmar Warehouse and Albery Theatre), Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and created the role of Artie Green in Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi) all for Trevor Nunn, The Rink (Cambridge), Les Misérables (Palace), The Hired Man (Astoria), Royal National Theatres Guys and Dolls (Prince of Wales), Cats (New London), Girlfriends (Playhouse), Closer Than Ever (Jermyn Street, Criterion & Vaudeville), Show Boat (Royal Albert hall), The Full Monty, Martin Guerre (National Tours), Side By Side By Sondheim (Harrogate), Merrily We Roll Along (Leicester Haymarket), Bamatabois in the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables and he was a principal soloist in the Ira Gershwin Tribute Who Could Ask For Anything More both televised at the Royal Albert Hall. He appeared for Cameron Mackintosh in Hey! Mr Producer (Lyceum Theatre,) and played Willie Conklin in the European Premiere of Ragtime (St Davids Hall, Cardiff). He was a guest performer at the opening gala night of the new Millennium Centre Theatre in Cardiff, televised live for BBC 4. He played a principal role in the critically successful Make Me A Song by William Finn at the New Players Theatre, London.
Television includes Pulaski, That Uncertain Feeling, The Bill, Ten Glorious Years, Rory Bremner-Who Else?, Company and French and Saunders.
He also appeared in The film Les Miserables (Tom Hooper).