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Laura Jane Matthewson

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Photo: Ruth Crafer

Agent:

Daniel Albert & Simon Beresford

Theatre

Harriet Martineau Dreams Of Dancing Dir: Max Roberts
Live Theatre
The World Goes 'Round Dir: Lotte Wakeham
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Beyond the Fence Dir: Luke Shepperd
Arts Theatre
Dogfight
(Winner of 2014 Evening Standard Award for Best Emerging Talent)
Dir: Matt Ryan
Southwark Playhouse
Daisy Pulls If Off Dir: Ron Palmer
Hever Festival
After The Tone Full Fever Productions
Bridewell Theatre

WORKSHOPS

The Circle Dir: Michael Boyd
NT Studio
Out There Dir: Elliot Davis
Aria Entertainment
Standing at the Sky's Edge MD: Nigel Lilley
Sheffield Theatres
Superordinary Dir: Valentina Ceschi
The Soho Theatre

TV

Dark Angel Dir: Brian Percival
World Productions / ITV
School On Report Dir: Lee Otway
Porcelain Film

Awards

2014 Evening Standard Award Winner for EMERGING TALENT AWARD, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BURBERRY

Ronald William White Prize for Acting Through Song

Ian Fleming Award for Outstanding Musical Theatre Performers

Theatre whilst training

Oh What A Lovely War Dir: Matthew Lloyd
Royal Academy of Music
The Winter's Tale Dir: John Jones
Royal Academy of Music

Skills

Accents & Dialects:
(* = native)
American-Standard, Australian, Central Scottish, Cockney, Geordie, RP, Sunderland*, Teesside, Welsh-Standard, Yorkshire (very strong ear for accents)
Music & Dance:
(* = highly skilled)
Ballet, Cabaret Singing*, Choreography, Jazz Dancing, Mezzo-Soprano*, Soprano*, Tap
Performance: Comedy, Musical Comedy, Musical Theatre, Singer-Professional
Sports:
(* = highly skilled)
Badminton, Cycling, Ice Skating, Swimming
Vehicle Licences: Car Driving Licence
Other Skills: Improvisation

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Reviews

DOGFIGHT

“So my antennae are always on the lookout for new talent, and right now one of the places to find it is Southwark Playhouse. I’ve already sung the praises (and noted some of the critical discord) on Dogfight, and while the entire cast is magnificent, a special note should be made of the luminous and quietly astonishing Laura Jane Matthewson, who is making her London professional stage debut in the lead role of Rose. Projecting the character’s required dowdiness, but possessing an inner radiance and beauty, she’s both captivating and devastating.” - Mark Shenton (The Stage)

“And in Laura Jane Matthewson - astonishingly making her professional debut - he has a terrific leading lady with a great voice and an instinct for playing the part truthfully.” - Benet Catty (Whatsonstage.com)

As Rose, sweet-voiced Laura Jane Matthewson makes a staggeringly impressive professional London stage debut, so believable is her transformation from wallflower to a woman with her own strengths and ideals. - Lisa Martland (The Stage)

“Matthewson brings a gorgeous, brittle vulnerability to Rose.” - Laura Barnett (The Guardian)

“ONE TO WATCH - Laura Jane Matthewson,  a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, who is making her professional London theatre debut in Dogfight, a musical by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan that’s on now at the Southwark Playhouse. It has been a long time since a new musical theatre performer of such exciting talent has arrived on the scene.” - Baz Bamigboye (The Daily Mail)

“In a performance of inexhaustible psychological and vocal loveliness, Laura Jane Matthewson nails completely, how Rose is a young woman who’s straddled, with unassuming anguish and deep wit, between a culturally determined underestimation of herself and a wryly acute and unself-regarding emotional intelligence.” - Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The actress-singer allows just the right luminosity to cut through an apparent plainness, which in itself explains why a show about guys being guys will here be remembered for the girl.” - Matt Wolf (New York Times)

Stats

Trained at The Royal Academy of Music (Postgraduate Diploma - Musical Theatre)

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