Box office tel from 6 October
Sunday 18 November 2012
7.00pm - 8.00pm
St. Mary's Church Petworth GU28 OAD
All seats unreserved:
Central nave - Adult £12, 18 and under FREE
All other seats - Adult £5, 18 and under FREE - Tickets available
With thanks to The Petworth Bookshop
Celia Imrie is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses. From legendary comedy performances on screen – most famously Miss Babs in Victoria Wood’s Acorn Antiques – to theatre roles in the West End, she has consistently proven herself to be one of the finest performers of her generation. Now she tells her story for the first time.
In her new memoir, we learn that Celia’s first love was dancing. But her dreams of joining the Royal Ballet and marrying Rudolf Nureyev were cut short, so instead she turned to acting. Celia wittily recounts her early adventures as an understudy and tea-girl on the RSC’s world tour of Hedda Gabler, and landing her first big TV role in Bergerac. She went on to collaborate regularly with Victoria Wood and to star in films as varied as Calendar Girls, Hilary & Jackie, Bridget Jones and Nanny McPhee.
Interviewed by Fidelis Morgan, Celia tells of a life hurtling into adventures both on stage and off. Whether it’s finding herself with half the scenery stuck to her cardigan, or being kidnapped on her way to location, somehow she emerges from the chaos almost unscathed. Acting, she admits, is a mad, unpredictable profession and it is her refreshing honesty, sense of mischief, fun and almost unruffled determination in the face of it all that makes The Happy Hoofer a never-ending delight.