First impressions

Jan Ravens on her first solo tour

Dead Ringers impressionist Jan Ravens is to embark on her first solo tour.

The new show, which has been tried out at London’s National Theatre, takes an 'audience with...’ format as she demonstrates how she mimics celebrties from Anne Robinson to Fiona Bruce.

Despite a 30-year comedy career, Ravens is currently enjoying a higher profile than ever, thanks to appearances on Strictly Come Dancing, and won Celebrity Mastermind.

In 1979, she became the first female president of Cambridge University's Footlights cluband directed their 1981 show , which won the first ever Perrier Award. She moved on to production, including Radio 4's Week Ending, before finding fame as an impressionist on Spitting Image, Alistair McGowan's Big Impressions and Dead Ringers.

The tour – entitled A Funny Look At Impressions – begins in May at the Watford Palace Theatre. Click here for dates.

Published: 22 Feb 2009

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Tim Key headlines this night of comedy, music and poetry, fundraising in aid of the National Autistic Society tonight (Thursday) at 8.15pm, after the clap for carers.

Other comics taking part include  Harriet Dyer, Jack Carroll, Jay Foreman, Milo McCabe, Paul 'Silky' White, Edy Hurst, Tony Wright, and Will Andrews.

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