Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to co-founder of Lambert Jackson about the company’s debut production There is Nothin’ Like A Dame and its plans for the future… 

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Hi Eliza, thanks for talking to me. Could you explain a bit more about Lambert Jackson and how the idea for the company came about? Jamie (Lambert) and I love theatre. You could say we’re a bit obsessed with it actually… And we’ve always loved the idea of creating it ourselves. We have so many new, exciting ideas and we just decided that this year was the year to start making them come to life.

What are your ambitions for the company? We’d love this company to grow into one of the powerhouses of theatre production. We’d love to be producing big scale musicals, but also smaller, lesser-known works. We really look up to the producers working in the West End at the moment but we’d also love to shake up the scene and leave our mark.

Have you got strong ideas about the shows you hope to produce in the future? We’ve got some hugely exciting ideas in the pipeline… I wish I could tell you all about them! All I can say is that next year is looking pretty exciting for Lambert Jackson. With this though, we have some very important company values that we want to include in every one of our shows. We are dedicated to always having unknown talent in our shows, it is so hard to crack this industry and sometimes even the most talented among us just need a door to be opened for them. We also know how important it is to include actors of all ethnicities, ages and backgrounds, so our work will try to focus on this as much as possible also.

What can audiences expect from There is Nothin’ Like a Dame? I’ve been hearing all the arrangements and some rehearsals and I can tell you this show is going to be extraordinary. I mean, I would pay money to see just one of these musical theatre stars on stage but to get all four of them together singing some of the most loved tunes from everything from Wicked to Rent to Rodgers and Hammerstein… It’s going to be a real special night. I’ve already got goosebumps thinking about it!

Given the show is focused on female characters from musical theatre – are there any female musical theatre characters who you particularly admire?  Putting on this concert we’ve had to look at the way women’s roles in theatre have changed over the course of 100 years. It’s fascinating really – you really see a turning point in the 60s and 70s where women became the real leads of the shows… Characters like Charity in Sweet Charity, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, they all start to take life into their own hands. They’re my favourite type of strong female characters and you can see all of them portrayed at Cadogan Hall on 30th August in our There is Nothin’ like a Dame concert!

It is quite a dynamic cast you have lined up for There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame – are there any other performers who you would love to see in a future show? Jamie and I definitely have a list of performers we’d love to work with. It’s funny, when we decided to put this show together, we decided to write down our dream list of actresses and we thought we’d just start with them and work our way down the list. We were so thrilled when the top four women on our list said yes! So yes of course we’ve got a huge list of people we want to work with. And we’re so happy to say that the list is looooong, and filled with all different sorts of performers. But we also can’t wait to see what’s out there in the form of new talent too – because there sure is a tonne of that which we were lucky enough to see just a tiny snippet of through our competition to find a newcomer for this show.

By Emma Clarendon 

There is Nothin’ Like a Dame will play at the Cadogan Hall on the 30th August. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/there-is-nothin-like-a-dame/

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