Dame Patricia Routledge recalls her years as a star of musical theatre
Veteran actress Dame Patricia Routledge is appearing at the Buxton Festival on Wednesday with Facing The Music, her ever-popular discussion show tracing her illustrious career in musical theatre.
Even though she is best remembered these days for TV comedy roles like Hyacinth Bucket in the hit BBC sit-com Keeping up Appearances, Patricia trained not only as an actress but also as a singer.
For years she enjoyed huge success in musical theatre on both sides of the Atlantic, winning a Tony for her Broadway performance in Darling of the Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for her West End role in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.
In a fascinating conversation with the writer and broadcaster and musical theatre expert Edward Seckerson, Patricia recalls the glamour of those days, the triumphs and even the odd disaster. She talks about the shows, their composers and the charismatic characters she worked with. The evening is illustrated with rare recordings.
For more information about Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre at the Buxton Festival on Wednesday go to: www.buxtonfestival.co.uk