Biographies

Adele Anderson

Adele Anderson

Adèle Anderson is best known as a member of the acclaimed cabaret group Fascinating Aïda and co-writes much of their material with founder member Dillie Keane. Fascinating Aïda have played in more than 100 theatres in the UK and Ireland, with London seasons at the Donmar Warehouse, Lyric Hammersmith, Piccadilly, Vaudeville, Garrick, Apollo and Comedy theatres and the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. They have toured Australia three times, including a month at the Sydney Opera House, and also played New Zealand, San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Watamu (Kenya) and Singapore. They have made numerous television appearances and radio recordings, released seven CDs, two videos, an autobiography and a songbook. They have been nominated for the Perrier Award, the Olivier Award (three times) and the New York Drama Desk Award.

Theatre credits

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Landor Theatre), Follies (Landor Theatre), Into the Woods (Derby Playhouse and The Forum, Wythenshawe), Achillies in Heels (Landor Theatre), When Florence Met Isadora (Rosemary Branch), Eminent Victorians and The Art of Love (Battersea Barge), Lets’s Kick Arts (The Bridewell), Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera (National Tour), Die Fledermaus (European Chamber Opera Tour), Wasp (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Salad Days (National Tour), Plan 9 from Outer Space - The Musical (National Tour), Sunset Boulevard (Sydmonton Festival), Nine (Royal Festival Hall), House of Obsession (Half Moon), Girls who wear glasses (National Tour) and Tales my Lover Told Me (King’s Head). She has appeared in five pantomimes around the country and directed two at The Theatre, Chipping Norton. She also directed Kaye’s the Word, Paul Hull’s tribute to Danny Kaye, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the New End Theatre.

Writing credits

Many Fascinating Aïda lyrics. Co-writer of Dillie Keane’s three solo shows, Single Again, Citizen Keane and Back With You. Song The English Lesson (with Dillie Keane) for The Shakespeare Reveu (Vaudeville Theatre and World Tour). As a member of the Mercury Workshop she wrote (with Sarah Travis) a section of the collaborative musical The Challenge (Shaw Theatre). With Warren Wills, she co-wrote the Ninth Commandment for the Mercury Workshop’s production of The Ten Commandments (The Place). She and Warren have performed jazz/cabaret together at Pizza on the Park and the Langham Hilton and also played the Hong Kong Fringe Festival. Adele’s debut solo album, Why try to change me now?, with Warren as Musical Director and containing original songs by herself (with Sarah Travis) and Warren, is available on the Dress Circle label.

Film credits

Lady Jane (directed by Trevor Nunn) and Company Business, in which she serenaded Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

TV credits

Dr Tockley in Hotel Babylon (BBC1), Gemma Masters in Fish (BBC1) and the voice of Sydney, the cassowary, in The Whingeing Pom (LWT).

Radio credits

Plutopia (Radio 4)