Monday 23 January 2017


Ria Jones really is one of the First Ladies of British Musical Theatre. The daughter of an Opera Singer and the sister of Ceri Dupri, one of the UK's leading female impersonators, she was born in Swansea and at the age of nineteen started her career in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. More recently she was Glenn Close's understudy in Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum where she took audiences by storm when she played the role of Norma Desmond. Just back from 42nd Street in Paris, she took time out to answer "Stephan's Six" ahead of her return to the role of Norma Desmond in a UK Tour.

What is the first smell that you can remember?
One of the first smells I can remember is the smell of the salt and the sea near to where I grew up in Swansea. The memory makes me feel of home and of Wales.

What was the first perfume you remember your mum or dad wearing?
I remember my mum's perfume was Yves St Laurent's Rive Gauche, and it always reminds me of warm cuddles with her on the sofa.

What was the perfume of your twenties?
I had quite a few but the ones I can vividly remember are White Linen and Private Collection by Estée Lauder, and also Clinique's Aromatics Elixir. They were all quite different when I think about it.

What was your biggest perfume mistake?
I treated myself to the largest bottle of cologne from Abercrombie and Fitch when I was in Las Vegas, but forgot that liquids over 100ml weren't allowed in your hand luggage. So it was confiscated from me and put in the bin in front of my eyes.... I was gutted.

You can only choose one perfume?
My one perfume of choice would have to be Czech and Speake's Number 88. I've worn it for such a long time now.

What perfume should I try?
Well that again has to be Czech and Speake's Number 88. It's warm, it's sexy and I don't feel dressed without it.

For more details about Ria you can visit her website at or for information on the new production of Sunset Boulevard visit

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