Ria stars in Gypsy

Published: 15 September 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Gypsy at the Royal Exchange

Musical theatre leading lady Ria Jones will make her Manchester Royal Exchange debut as the formidable Momma Rose for their new production of Gypsy directed by Jo Davies and running in the theatre this Christmas, joined on stage by Melissa James as Louise and Melissa Lowe in the role of June.

Building on the success of redefining Broadway musicals for the Exchange’s in-the-round theatre, it will be the latest production to take centre-stage.

Choosing the bright lights of the stage over putting her girls through school, Momma Rose is resolute in her desire to see her daughters realise her dreams of stardom and adoration. But how are these young women shaped by her actions, what is passed down from generation to generation and what new opportunities are afforded to one but denied to another?

Ria Jones’s career spans roles as diverse as Eva Peron, Norma Desmond and Mrs Overall.