Singer - Actress - Voiceover Artist


Jan is currently playing "the Mother Abbess" in Bill Kenwright's acclaimed touring production of The Sound Of Music.

Jan Hartley is a well established Singer and Stage/Television Actress most recently playing "Veronica" in Jennifer Saunders Jam and Jerusalem for the BBC. She is a well-known West End performer and has played many leading roles including "Christine" in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. She is a regular Concert Performer and Voiceover Artist.

Jan's West End starring roles include "Maria" in West Side Story (Her Majesty's). "Lucy" in Bless the Bride (Sadler's Wells). "Wallis Simpson" in Always (Victoria Palace) and a year as "Christine" in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. Her appearances for the Royal Shakespeare Company include "Magnolia" in Show Boat (London Palladium/Opera North) and, The Shakespeare Revue (UK/US Tours, Off Broadway).
Jan Played the Mother Abbess, in the Kilworth House Theatre production of The Sound Of Music, directed by Mitch Sebastian.

Jan has created many leading roles in new musicals, including: "Belle" in Dreams From A Summer House written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn; "Andy" in Stepping Out-The Musical, "Blanche" in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and "Charlotte Bronte" in Bronte. Recent work includes "Sally" in Sondheim's Follies (Theatre Royal, Northampton), "Sarah Brown" in Guys and Dolls (Vienna Konzerthaus) and "Shirley Vernon" in Gershwin's Lady Be Good (Lisbon Opera House). Concert work includes recitals for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove and St James's Palace, plus Christmas Galas with the RPO at the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Opera includes the title role in The Merry Widow for The Carl Rosa Opera Company (UK Tour and Cape Town Opera House), "Alice Ford" in Verdi's Falstaff (Music Theatre London), "Donna Anna" in Don Giovanni (Barbican), "Cherubino" in The Marriage of Figaro and the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola (both Vienna Opera Festival).

For BBC Radio 2 Jan has been a soloist on Friday Night is Music Night and Songs from the Shows. Television appearances include The Oresteia (BBC), "The Countess" in The Marriage of Figaro (BBC), and "Elsie Victoria" in Hannay opposite Robert Powell for Thames Television. For BBC1 Jan recently guest-starred in two episodes of Jennifer Saunders' hit comedy series Jam and Jerusalem.


Jan Hartley

"Giving a standout performance as the Mother Superior is Jan Hartley. Bringing a matriarchal warmth to the character as Maria's mentor, she left many of the audience in tears with her stunning rendition of Climb Every Mountain"
Daily Mail, Emily Sheridan
The Sound Of Music 2015

"the thrilling, melodic voice
of Jan Hartley"

Evening Standard
Bless the Bride

"the most touching and
beautiful singing I can ever

remember hearing in a
musical ... a rare talent"

Financial Times
Always

"Jan Hartley in the title
role ... pure enchantment"

Cape Town Argus
The Merry Widow

"especially fine work
from Jan Hartley
... lusciously tuneful"

Daily Telegraph
Dreams From A Summer House

"Jan Hartley is brilliant
... a magnificent voice"

The Stage
Follies

"a pitch-perfect performance"
The Guardian
Follies