‘It is in a different league to anything I have ever done before’: Jane McDonald celebrates 20 years in showbusiness with a new solo tour

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She’s glam, she’s fun and 55 years young. Jane McDonald is the singer and presenter that everyone wants to be friends with and we got to catch up with her ahead of her sold-out show taking place at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on
Sunday 17 June.

You’re celebrating 20 years in showbusiness, what is your secret to longevity?
I’m still in shock, flipping ’eck! If I knew the secret I’d bottle it and sell it, I can tell you. I truly believe I have achieved everything through sheer determination, I am so focused. I am lucky to have a partner who understands my commitment. I live and breathe it, I am so blessed.

You were shy as a youngster, how did you pick a career on stage?
I was painfully shy. It’s hard to believe, I know, but I think some of my outgoingness is partly down to a lack of confidence, I feel like I have to make up for it. I used to be sick in the sink before going on stage. I’ve always loved music though, I started out as a musician, I played the piano for seven years before I got on stage and sung for anyone, but when I did, I thought: “Boom!” The euphoria far outweighed the nerves.

You’re a singer and a presenter, what have been the highlights of your career so far?
I’ve had an amazing career, I’ve loved it all. I have been blessed with meeting so many wonderful people and visiting some amazing places, but what I love most is being on stage. The energy that goes around the room is like a wheel; it starts on stage, travels through the audience and back again.

You are about to embark on a 33-date tour. What do you love most about life on the road?
There is nothing better than looking out from the stage and making eye contact with the fans, they are fantastic. We always ask them what songs they would like to hear on tour and we always listen, I want them to have a good time. I also make sure I have a good team around me, it’s like going on tour with your friends and I love that.

What can we expect from the new show?
There will be a full stage set; a light show, dancers, a band, lots of costume changes
– a whole production, featuring the best songs from the past 20 years. There’s no
show like it. I’ll talk about things people don’t necessarily talk about – bring some
tissues as there will be tears but the next minute I’ll be telling jokes, followed by
belting out a number. It will be a real rollercoaster of a ride.
What are you most looking forward to upon your return to Churchill Theatre?
I haven’t been to Churchill Theatre for a few years, so I am really looking forward to
returning. It is one of my only London dates too, so it will be lovely to see my fans. I
implore you to come and see the show, it is in a different league to anything I have
ever done before.

 

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Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.
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Shanine Salmon on Twitter
Shanine Salmon
Shanine Salmon was a latecomer to theatre after being seduced by the National Theatre's £5 entry pass tickets and a slight obsession with Alex Jennings. She is sadly no longer eligible for 16-25 theatre tickets but she continues to abuse under 30 offers. There was a market for bringing awareness that London theatre was affordable in an era of £100+ West End tickets – Shanine’s blog, View from the Cheap Seat, launched in April 2016, focuses on productions and theatres that have tickets available for £20 and under. She is also quite opinionated and has views on diversity, pricing, theatre seats and nudity on stage. Her interests include Rocky Horror, gaming, theatre (of course) and she also has her own Etsy shop. Shanine tweets at @Braintree_.