After an incredibly successful run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in 2013, last week saw Joanna Riding reprise her role as Babe Williams at the press night of Richard Eyre’s The Pajama Game. As the feisty Union Rep at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, she falls for the new Superintendent, Sid Sorokin, played by Michael Xavier. With its refreshing fusion of toe-tapping musical numbers and passionate politics, if the outstanding reviews are anything to go by, The Pajama Gamewill no doubt boundlessly delight Shaftesbury audiences throughout the summer.

Joanna Ridingis touching as the heroine who puts the interest of the union before the demands of her heart, and there is a real fizz in her relationship with Michael Xavier’s Sid” Charles Spencer, THE TELEGRAPH, 5*

Joanna Riding [shows a] mix of gritty determination and good nature as the passionate Babe.” Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN, 5*

Joanna Riding is marvellous as Babe, with huge stage charisma and radiance: strong and vulnerable, a classic tough cookie with a tender heart.” Christopher Hart, THE TIMES, 3*

Joanna Riding … brings a punchy zest and fire to the character” Mark Shenton, THE STAGE

The Pajama Game plays at the Shaftesbury Theatre for a limited run until the 13th September.

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