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An Audience with Michael Smith

Friday, April 19, 2024
7.00pm
Barton upon Humber
The Ropewalk

A Celebration of Charles Dickens by Robert Powell

Sunday, May 12, 2024
2.30pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre

An Audience with Steven Berkoff in Conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Monday, May 13, 2024
TBC
London
Greenwich Theatre

Anthony Horowitz CBE in Conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Friday, May 17, 2024
7.30pm
Cardiff
The Gate

Bach explored - Lloyd Webbers revealed!

Thursday, May 23, 2024
TBC
Swansea
Taliesin Arts Centre

Facing the Music: Dame Patricia Routledge in Conversation with Edward Seckerson

Saturday, June 1, 2024
3.00pm
Winchester
Theatre Royal Winchester

An Audience with Dan Cruickshank

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
7.30pm
Derby
Derby Theatre

An Audience with John Sergeant

Friday, June 7, 2024
7.30pm
Ludlow
Assembly Rooms Ludlow

An Audience with John Sergeant

Saturday, June 8, 2024
7.30pm
North Yorkshire
Selby Town Hall

An Audience with John Sergeant

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
West Yorkshire
Otley Courthouse

Roger McGough – Is Alive and Gigging

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

An Audience with Bob Flowerdew

Saturday, June 15, 2024
7.00pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre

An Audience with Michael Smith

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
7.30pm
Hexham
Queen's Hall Arts Centre

An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, June 30, 2024
4pm
Canterbury
St. Edmunds School

An Audience with Arthur Smith

Saturday, July 27, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, July 28, 2024
2.30pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall & Theatre

An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Saturday, September 7, 2024
TBC
West Yorkshire
Silsden Town Hall

An Audience with Arthur Smith

Friday, October 11, 2024
TBC
Ludlow
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

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An Audience with Michael Smith

Friday, April 19, 2024
7.00pm
Barton upon Humber
The Ropewalk

Michael Smith is the author of a number of widely acclaimed books about spies and special forces, including the Sunday Times No 1 bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park and the New York Times bestseller Killer Elite: America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. He served in British military intelligence before becoming an award-winning journalist with the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

‘Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews’. 

Frank Foley was MI6 head of station in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. The full extent of what he did was only revealed in Michael Smith’s best selling 1999 biography Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews

Bletchley Park and the Birth of the Special Relationship

Based on the opening chapters of Smith’s most recent, and widely acclaimed book The Real Special Relationship, this focuses on how the British and US codebreakers linked up even before America had entered the war,  Michael describes how intelligence from MI6, GCHQ and the little known BBC Monitoring Service played key roles

Intelligence and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Michael will explain how intelligence actually worked during the 1962 Missile Crisis. when the Soviet Union tried to base surface-to surface missiles capable of hitting most of the United States on Cuba.

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A Celebration of Charles Dickens by Robert Powell

Sunday, May 12, 2024
2.30pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens'  work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.

Robert will trace the fascinating life of the author through his own writings and letters together with those of his friends and contemporaries.

The script is illuminated by some of the funniest scenes in all literature as well as some of the most moving, embracing the romantic and the grotesque, the satirical and the macabre.

Robert will bring to life, universally loved characters, from Mr. Pickwick, Mr. Micawber and Mrs. Nickleby, to Mrs. Gamp, Uriah Heep and Scrooge and he will reveal Dickens the celebrity, the social reformer, the actor, the entrepreneur, and, above all, Dickens the supreme entertainer.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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An Audience with Steven Berkoff in Conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Monday, May 13, 2024
TBC
London
Greenwich Theatre

Steven was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group.

Steven's plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka's Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon after Aeschylus, and Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare's Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde's Salome.

He has also triumphed as a film actor too.... Appearing in iconic films such as: A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners, The Krays as well as directing and co-staring with Joan Collins in the film version of his play Decadence.

Steven has a trilogy of solo shows, One Man, Shakespeare's Villains and Requiem for Ground Zero and has also just published a book of his own poetry.

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Anthony Horowitz CBE in Conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Friday, May 17, 2024
7.30pm
Cardiff
The Gate

Anthony is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.  He has written over 50 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 21 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a hugely successful television series.

He is also responsible for the award-winning novel Magpie Murders, published in October 2016 to critical acclaim and serialised on BritBox at the beginning of 2022.  The sequel, Moonflower Murders, will begin filming in September 2023. His new series featuring Detective Hawthorne and a sidekick called Anthony Horowitz has four books so far: The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death, A Line to Kill and The Twist of a Knife. The fifth novel in the series Close to Death will be published in the spring of 2024.

Anthony was also commissioned to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels The House of Silk and Moriarty; and his other commission was by the Ian Fleming Estate to write continuation novels for James Bond with Trigger Mortis and Forever and Day and a final, novel in the series With a Mind to Kill.

He has also created and written some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series including Midsomer Murders and is the writer and creator of award-winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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Bach explored - Lloyd Webbers revealed!

Thursday, May 23, 2024
TBC
Swansea
Taliesin Arts Centre

World renowned musicians Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber take their audience on a unique ‘double-sided’ journey of live music and ‘behind the scenes’ stories about their lives in the most influential musical dynasty of modern times.

With a first half that explores the extraordinary reasons why Bach’s sublime Cello Suites remained unperformed for two hundred years before taking their place amongst the most loved pieces of classical music.

The second half sees Julian embark on a magical musical tour through his amazing career along with a rare chance to quiz both Lloyd Webbers about playing with such musical icons as Elton John, Yehudi Menuhin, Katherine Jenkins, Tim Rice, Joaquin Rodrigo, Cleo Laine, Stephane Grappelli and, of course, his brother Andrew Lloyd Webber. Not to be missed.

"I can’t think of anything that could have been a better launch for the Hurlingham Festival.  It was a true treat for the intellect as well as for the senses and the two hours flew by.  The combination of live performance, videos, commentary worked exceptionally well.  I’m very confident it will have been one of the best attended events of the Festival.”  

"The audience were enthralled by your playing, Jiaxin, with the context from your commentary, Julian, making it all the more interesting.  The second half with you both on stage was even better than I could have expected and almost like a bonus event!  The free flow of conversation, with great humour between the two of you combined fascinating and highly entertaining insights into both of your performing careers, solo and jointly and the wider context of the importance of music in education -  all delivered with the perfect combination of gravitas and light touch.”

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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Facing the Music: Dame Patricia Routledge in Conversation with Edward Seckerson

Saturday, June 1, 2024
3.00pm
Winchester
Theatre Royal Winchester

British actress, comedian and singer, Dame Patricia Routledge, is best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1992 and 1993. She is also known for her roles in ‘To Sir, with Love’ as Clinty Clintridge, ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’ as Nurse, and ‘Pretty Polly’ as Miss Gudgeon.

It is still one of the best kept secrets in show business that Patricia Routledge trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre, both in this country and in the United States of America.

Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical Darling of the Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

Her one woman show Come for the Ride toured the UK in 1988 and in 1992 she played Nettie Fowler in the highly acclaimed production of Carousel at the National Theatre.

In this fascinating encounter with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, Dame Patricia recalls this very special part of her career with access to some rare and treasured recordings.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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An Audience with Dan Cruickshank

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
7.30pm
Derby
Derby Theatre

A brief cultural history of the world through architecture. Buildings give people a sense of identity and pride - particularly historic buildings and treasure houses such as museums and cities such as York and Richmond. These all suggest longevity and continuity and civilised virtues. 

It is for these reasons that historic buildings and museums are highly valued and it is also for these reasons that they are attacked by forces that want to undermine a people’s pride, identity, sense of independence and will to fight. We saw this is recent years in Islamic State’s attacks on ancient sites in Iraq – such as Nimrud and Hatra and in Syria – notably Palmyra. 

This talk will be about why history and culture, particularly architecture,  matter, and why we have to fight for what is important. Examples of inspirational architecture explored will include locations in Yorkshire - notably York, Richmond and Fountains Abbey. The consequences of the brutal collision between culture, conflict and politics will be illustrated by reference to what is currently happening in Ukraine as well as the attacks on Palmyra and in Iraq.

There will be a focus on the wonders that survive but will argue that survival in many cases depends on our vigilance.   With travel now more difficult, there needs to be a determination to keep memory alive. When a building or place is forgotten by the public its loss becomes easier. 

Such talks can help banish forgetfulness or lethargy, that can prove fatal and play a part in the battle to save history, memory and architectural beauty.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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An Audience with John Sergeant

Friday, June 7, 2024
7.30pm
Ludlow
Assembly Rooms Ludlow

John is the former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC from 1992 to 2000 and ITN's Political Editor from 2000 until 2002.

Many people will remember John as one of Britain's most popular and respected broadcasters and authors. His award-winning career as a political journalist has been as lengthy as it has been successful and seen him interview big political hitters like Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair.

In recent years though John has returned to his first love of light entertainment and can be seen regularly on programmes like The One Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and the News Quiz, and of course there were those appearances on Strictly.

Indeed Sergeant’s two left feet approach to the arts of the ballroom consistently found him at the bottom of the judge's score board but the public loved him and he retrained week after week. He finally left the show in Week 10 saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.”

More recently there have been well received documentaries as well including John Sergeant's Tourist Trail, Tracks of Empire - about the Indian Railways, and Britain's First Photo Album about the pioneering photography of Francis Frith.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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An Audience with John Sergeant

Saturday, June 8, 2024
7.30pm
North Yorkshire
Selby Town Hall

John is the former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC from 1992 to 2000 and ITN's Political Editor from 2000 until 2002.

Many people will remember John as one of Britain's most popular and respected broadcasters and authors. His award-winning career as a political journalist has been as lengthy as it has been successful and seen him interview big political hitters like Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair.

In recent years though John has returned to his first love of light entertainment and can be seen regularly on programmes like The One Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and the News Quiz, and of course there were those appearances on Strictly.

Indeed Sergeant’s two left feet approach to the arts of the ballroom consistently found him at the bottom of the judge's score board but the public loved him and he retrained week after week. He finally left the show in Week 10 saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.”

More recently there have been well received documentaries as well including John Sergeant's Tourist Trail, Tracks of Empire - about the Indian Railways, and Britain's First Photo Album about the pioneering photography of Francis Frith.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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An Audience with John Sergeant

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
West Yorkshire
Otley Courthouse

John is the former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC from 1992 to 2000 and ITN's Political Editor from 2000 until 2002.

Many people will remember John as one of Britain's most popular and respected broadcasters and authors. His award-winning career as a political journalist has been as lengthy as it has been successful and seen him interview big political hitters like Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and Tony Blair.

In recent years though John has returned to his first love of light entertainment and can be seen regularly on programmes like The One Show, Have I Got News For You, QI, Room 101, and the News Quiz, and of course there were those appearances on Strictly.

Indeed Sergeant’s two left feet approach to the arts of the ballroom consistently found him at the bottom of the judge's score board but the public loved him and he retrained week after week. He finally left the show in Week 10 saying: "The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me, that would be a joke too far.”

More recently there have been well received documentaries as well including John Sergeant's Tourist Trail, Tracks of Empire - about the Indian Railways, and Britain's First Photo Album about the pioneering photography of Francis Frith.

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

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Roger McGough – Is Alive and Gigging

Sunday, June 9, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

At 87, Roger McGough is a national treasure and the poetry equivalent of the Rolling Stones.  He has a new show called Alive and Gigging full of laughs as well as more contemplative moments looking back at his life and the 60’s. He recently performed at the South Bank with Adrian Patten and did a sell out event at Liverpool Playhouse. If you are old enough - Lily the Pink should also strike a cord.

Roger has a new book - Collected Poems of Roger McGough 1959 to 2024 publishing in June 2024 and would love to bring this evening or matinee to your theatre and will do a book signing afterwards.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

Image credit: Vicki Sharp
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An Audience with Bob Flowerdew

Saturday, June 15, 2024
7.00pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre

Bob Flowerdew is one of Britain's leading organic gardeners, and a television and radio presenter. He is a regular panel member of BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time.

The son of a farmer, his family have been working the land in East Anglia since Elizabethan times. Flowerdew runs a consultancy landscape service, is President of the Norfolk group of the Soil Association, and also teaches at agricultural college. He has written books on gardening including "Going Organic: The Good Gardener's Guide to Getting It Right".

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions

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An Audience with Michael Smith

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
7.30pm
Hexham
Queen's Hall Arts Centre

Michael Smith is the author of a number of widely acclaimed books about spies and special forces, including the Sunday Times No 1 bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park and the New York Times bestseller Killer Elite: America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. He served in British military intelligence before becoming an award-winning journalist with the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

‘Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews’. 

Frank Foley was MI6 head of station in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. The full extent of what he did was only revealed in Michael Smith’s best selling 1999 biography Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews

Bletchley Park and the Birth of the Special Relationship

Based on the opening chapters of Smith’s most recent, and widely acclaimed book The Real Special Relationship, this focuses on how the British and US codebreakers linked up even before America had entered the war,  Michael describes how intelligence from MI6, GCHQ and the little known BBC Monitoring Service played key roles

Intelligence and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Michael will explain how intelligence actually worked during the 1962 Missile Crisis. when the Soviet Union tried to base surface-to surface missiles capable of hitting most of the United States on Cuba.

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An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, June 30, 2024
4pm
Canterbury
St. Edmunds School

Widely respected as the voice of Test Match Special ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld brings his wit and wisdom to the stage once again.

Henry’s keen to stress though that it’s not all cricket, in fact, most of it isn’t and that every show is different. So, even if you’ve been before you can be sure that it’ll never be the same twice. “If you think you’re going to learn how to play a forward defensive, you’ll be sadly disappointed.”

Instead, the talk is based, in the loosest sense, on Henry’s life story, although there’s time for as many after-dinner anecdotes and meandering digressions as there is in a Test Match Special rain break.

The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel to horticulture to mountaineering. Audiences are always sure of an evening of great tales from this quintessential Englishman.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

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An Audience with Arthur Smith

Saturday, July 27, 2024
7.30pm
London
Greenwich Theatre

Often described as the compère beyond compare, but before becoming a fully-fledged playwright, panellist, performer and stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival, Arthur worked as a road sweeper, dustman, market researcher, teacher and advertised chicken burgers in supermarkets dressed as a fox.

A career in comedy was the only one that could follow a build up like that. He was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the Eighties.

Twenty years on he still performs in much the same manner, perhaps ironically, he now describes himself as a "semi-professional" comedian.

To BBC radio and TV audiences, his career has been split between appearing on top quiz shows and fronting the funny section in Loose Ends. On TV, he's been a regular Grumpy Old Man and Countdown wordsmith.

His plays include the award-winning An Evening with Gary Lineker, My Summer with Des and The Bed Show. He has presented Radio 4’s Excess Baggage and Radio 2’s The Smith Lectures and is a regular guest on Loose Ends. He describes himself as Radio 4’s “bit of rough".

Image Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Sunday, July 28, 2024
2.30pm
Beccles
Beccles Public Hall & Theatre

Widely respected as the voice of Test Match Special ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld brings his wit and wisdom to the stage once again.

Henry’s keen to stress though that it’s not all cricket, in fact, most of it isn’t and that every show is different. So, even if you’ve been before you can be sure that it’ll never be the same twice. “If you think you’re going to learn how to play a forward defensive, you’ll be sadly disappointed.”

Instead, the talk is based, in the loosest sense, on Henry’s life story, although there’s time for as many after-dinner anecdotes and meandering digressions as there is in a Test Match Special rain break.

The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel to horticulture to mountaineering. Audiences are always sure of an evening of great tales from this quintessential Englishman.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

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An Audience with Henry Blofeld

Saturday, September 7, 2024
TBC
West Yorkshire
Silsden Town Hall

Widely respected as the voice of Test Match Special ‘Blowers’, Henry Blofeld brings his wit and wisdom to the stage once again.

Henry’s keen to stress though that it’s not all cricket, in fact, most of it isn’t and that every show is different. So, even if you’ve been before you can be sure that it’ll never be the same twice. “If you think you’re going to learn how to play a forward defensive, you’ll be sadly disappointed.”

Instead, the talk is based, in the loosest sense, on Henry’s life story, although there’s time for as many after-dinner anecdotes and meandering digressions as there is in a Test Match Special rain break.

The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel to horticulture to mountaineering. Audiences are always sure of an evening of great tales from this quintessential Englishman.

Production Company: Clive Conway Productions Ltd.

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An Audience with Arthur Smith

Friday, October 11, 2024
TBC
Ludlow
Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Often described as the compère beyond compare, but before becoming a fully-fledged playwright, panellist, performer and stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival, Arthur worked as a road sweeper, dustman, market researcher, teacher and advertised chicken burgers in supermarkets dressed as a fox.

A career in comedy was the only one that could follow a build up like that. He was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the Eighties.

Twenty years on he still performs in much the same manner, perhaps ironically, he now describes himself as a "semi-professional" comedian.

To BBC radio and TV audiences, his career has been split between appearing on top quiz shows and fronting the funny section in Loose Ends. On TV, he's been a regular Grumpy Old Man and Countdown wordsmith.

His plays include the award-winning An Evening with Gary Lineker, My Summer with Des and The Bed Show. He has presented Radio 4’s Excess Baggage and Radio 2’s The Smith Lectures and is a regular guest on Loose Ends. He describes himself as Radio 4’s “bit of rough".

Image Credit: Steve Ullathorne

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