Ria Jones was born in Swansea South Wales. At 19, she became the youngest actress ever to play the role of Eva Peron in the musical Evita. Followed shortly by her west...Read More
Ria Jones was born in Swansea South Wales. At 19, she became the youngest actress ever to play the role of Eva Peron in the musical Evita. Followed shortly by her west end debut in the musical Chess, in which she played the roles of both Svetlana and Florence. She then went on to play Grizabella in Cats at the New London theatre, (where she stayed for two years).
Her next theatre role was as Fantine in Les Miserables, at Manchester's Palace Theatre, followed by the national tour, and the west end. Then came the role of the narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Apollo Hammersmith, and the national tour. Other credits include: playing both Josephine and Monica in Romance Romance at the Bridewell Theatre; Necrophorous in Nine at the Donmar Warehouse; Kim in the European premiere of the musical revue Personals at the New End Theatre, Hampstead;.the creation of the role of Emma West, In A Twist of Fate at the Jubilee Theatre, Raffles, Singapore; Petra in Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music, at the Leicester Haymarket; Ida in Honk at the Victoria theatre, Singapore. The title role in the European premiere of Victor Victoria at the Bridewell Theatre. Liz Imbrie in High Society UK tour 2004/5, and the Shaftesbury theatre. Reno Sweeney in the 2006 national tour of Anything Goes. for which she was nominated for a TMA award for best performance in a musical . Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques UK tour 2006/7 directed by Victoria Wood. Alex Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick UK tour; guest vocalist in Strictly Come Dancing the Professionals tour; Closer Than Ever at the Landor Theatre, London; The Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Esplanade Theatre, Singapore and Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Curve, Leicester.
Concerts have taken Ria worldwide. From France, Belgium, Muscat and Russia to South Africa, Singapore and Shanghai. She makes regular appearances as a guest soloist in Denmark, singing with all the major orchestras. In 2009, she was a guest soloist for the Danish Royal family at the concert house at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. She has appeared as a soloist with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall. Sung by personal request at Buckingham Palace for The Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Has sung as a soloist with The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. A guest soloist in Children Will Listen, celebrating the work of Stephen Sondheim at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. A Night Under the Stars with Bryn Tyrfel at his annual festival in North Wales. Mary Magdelene in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican theatre, Eva Peron in Evita in concert, Highams park Chelmsford. Fantine in Les Miserables in concert Cardiff Castle. The world premiere of The Three Musketeers, Denmark. Anita in West Side Story at Ledreborg Castle, Denmark. Missleading Ladies at St Davids Hall Cardiff and Swansea Grand Theatre, which she co- devised with her brother Ceri Dupree. Abbaphonic the concert with the Royal Philharmonic at The Royal Albert Hall and on tour in Russia. Ultimate Broadway at The Cultural Square Theatre, Shanghai. A regular guest soloist in the Best Of Broadway at the Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. And most recently a concert tour celebrating the work of Don Black From Hackney to Hollywood.
She has recorded her own TV show One Night Only With Ria Jones for BBC Wales and guested on three Royal Variety shows for the BBC, as well as appearing on numerous TV chat shows and radio shows. Including The Paul O’Grady Show for Channel 4, Friday Night Is Music Night for BBC Radio 2, Welsh In The West End for ITV1 Wales. The role of landlady in Eric and Ernie Victoria Woods TV Drama, and the Miracle Day episode of Torchwood.Read Less
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