West End Singer/Actor (UK)
Annalene trained at The Bull Alley Theatre Company in Dublin where she played Feste in Twelfth Night and Adele in Lorca’s The House of Barnarda Alba.
Annalene started her professional career at the age of 18 understudying Cosette in the First National Touring Company of Les Miserables in Dublin/Edinburgh and later went on to play the role at the Palace Theatre London for two years. Annalene was then invited to perform Cosette in the concert version on three occasions, at Hylands Park Chelmsford opposite Ruthie Henshall and Frances Ruffelle, Cardiff Castle with Peter Karrie and more recently at The New Odyssey Arena in Belfast opposite Jeff Leyton and Joanna Ampil.
Over the last few years Annalene has starred in numerous concerts with the with the highly acclaimed conductor John Wilson and his own hand-picked John Wilson Orchestra. Touring the UK over the years with the Orchestra and starring in the Hooray for Hollywood BBC Prom in 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall and broadcast on BBC 2. In 2012 Annalene starred as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, the first ever fully staged production of a musical at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Anthony Andrews, Alun Armstrong and Sian Phillips. She has also performed the role of Kathy Selden in Singin in the Rain at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Dublin. Another notable appearance was as Susie Dean in the BBC Radio 3 broadcast of the Andre Previn musical The Good Companions.
Her recent theatre credits include Miss Chasum in the World Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn/Dennis Kings' Awaking Beauty (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Annette in the World Premiere of Boublil/Schonberg/Legrand’s Marguerite opposite Ruthie Henshall (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), Pat Collins in the World Premiere of Moon Landing (Derby Playhouse), Standby Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria, London), Cinderella in Into the Woods (at the Derby Playhouse), Alice in Carl Davis’ version of Alice in Wonderland (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Molly Cassidy in the World Premiere of The Ha’penny Bridge (The Point, Dublin), Belle in Disney’s’ Beauty and the Beast (National Tour, including The Point in Dublin) and previously at the Dominion Theatre London with Gemma Craven. She has played Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheims’ A Little Night Music and Dorothy in the RSC version of The Wizard of Oz (both at Leicester Haymarket), Johanna in the Celebrated Anniversary Concert of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall, London) opposite Len Cariou, Davis Gaines, Judy Kaye and Pia Douwes, Belle in A Christmas Carol (Theatre Royal, Nottingham) opposite Anton Rogers, the alternate Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s’ Theatre, London) and Sadie Sears/understudy Julie Jordan in Royal National Theatre’s Carousel (Shaftesbury Theatre, London).
Annalene made her BBC Radio 2 Friday Night Is Music Night debut in 2007 opposite Maria Friedman and Matt Rawle with Sarah Brightman as guest compere. This special evening celebrated the shared Birthday's of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. She has appeared in numerous broadcasts ever since. Annalene has starred as a soloist with some of the best orchestras in the country including Northern Sinfonia, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Philharmonia Orchestra.
She has appeared twice as a soloist in the RTE Bank of Ireland Proms in Songs From the Oscars and Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and has also appeared as a soloist with The Royal Air Force Massed Bands across Britain, including performing at The Royal Albert Hall in London and with West End International in Birmingham, Paris, Glasgow and Sweden. Annalene has been a guest soloist on numerous occasions with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Television credits include Roisin O’Brien in The Bill (Thames TV), the Euro ’96 Closing Ceremony at Wembley Stadium and Annalene was part of the Opera Chorus in the Phantom of the Opera Movie directed by Joel Schumacher.
In 2009 Annalene released her debut album Close Your Eyes. Featuring an enchanting selection of songs by leading British and American songwriters including Scott Alan, Stiles & Drewe, Grant Olding, Maltby & Shire, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Richard Taylor, William Finn; beautiful new arrangements by Peter White, Jonathan Williams and Richard Taylor; West End guests Julian Ovenden ('Marguerite'), Rebecca Lock ('Phantom') and Simon Greiff ('Saturday Night Fever'); and a special album foreword by acclaimed American composer Scott Alan.
Original Cast Recordings include Marguerite by Boublil/Schonberg/Legrand, Moon Landing by Stephen Edwards, and The Ha’penny Bridge by Alastair McGuckian. Other recordings include Ballerina in The Attic by Mark Carroll, Greta in The Ratcatcher by Phil Henderson and Michael Ward, Lucy in Bernard J Taylor’s’ Nosferatu and Narrator/Girlfriend in Inconnu by Andrew Cox. Annalene has also recorded Demo tracks for The Lord of the Rings Musical by A.R.Rahman, Hooker by Ryan & Readman and early work on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White. Annalene also guests on Acoustic Overtures – The Songs of Dougal Irvine and All Things in Time with Stuart Matthew Price both on the SimG Records label.
Workshops include The Ratcatcher (London Welsh Centre), Casanova (Criterion), Charlotte: Life or Theatre? (Drill Hall), The Third Person (King’s Head), Going Once (The Venue), Green Violin and Seagulls Dance (Soho Laundry), and Sacred Flame (Palladium & Royal Opera House Studio).