After Dinner Talks

Well established on the After Dinner circuit Richard shares some of his memories of his 50 years in West End Theatre, TV, Radio, Films, Cabaret and Repertory Theatre. Below are outlines of just four of his talks...

1. 'It Wont Be Alright on the Night!'

A light-hearted look at backstage in the Professional Theatre where things can go horribly wrong... and frequently do!!! For instance when the most important audition of my life ends in disaster... when a dead body sneezes on stage... when nervousness ends up in a Court of Law... when Frankie Howerd tries desperately to evacuate the London Palladium audience... when Joe Loss plays a joke... to name but a few!

2. 'Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage'

An hilarious look at an actor's career... That very first appearance on stage... getting into Drama College... finding the right agent... coping with auditions... getting an Equity card... those crazy jobs you have to do in between... Thrown into a long running Musical with just 2 hours rehearsal... Opening Night with The Two Ronnies at The London Palladium when things go wrong... and the dangerous world of luvvies and their talents, tantrums and temperaments...

3. 'Musicals, Madness and Mayhem'

More antics in the dangerous world of luvvies... their talents, tantrums and temperaments... when the fat lady can no longer sing... tempers fray on the Final Dress Rehearsal... Henry the Eighth loses his contact lenses... when your memory goes on holiday... when General Montgomery makes his troops cry with laughter by mistake... when I get booed off stage... when the cast fly higher than they thought possible... and many many more!

4. 'When Movies met Musicals'

Richard sings some of his favourite songs from the best of the best... Musicals that ran for years on Broadway and then found a whole new audience in Cinemas... others that started at the Flicks then flew into the West End... As well as bringing you these lovely songs he will be giving some of the background of the composers, lyricists and stars of the films. There is bound to be a song you will love... probably several!


All talks and performances are INDOORS ONLY: Not under an awning, a gazebo, in a marquee or tent but INDOORS ONLY!

All talks include musical performance.

All fees must be paid by the organiser in advance or on the date agreed.

All talks will commence and finish at the times agreed.

TRAVEL EXPENSES are calculated by the mile. So a venue 20 (twenty) miles away will be a round trip of 40 miles. A parking space will be provided by the organiser and all parking costs will be charged on top of Travel Expenses.

HEALTH + SAFETY: An area near to an insulated power point will be provided by the organiser. This will be away from the audience and away from any doorways.

Electrical equipment is not for use by anyone other than the performer. So any speeches or announcements need to made through the organiser's own P. A. system.

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