An Evening with Stacey Dooley

In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a twenty-something working in fashion retail. She took part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making clothes for the UK High Street. This sparked her series of hugely popular investigations, establishing her as one of BBC3’s most celebrated presenters.

Through the course of her documentary making, Stacey has covered a wide-range of topics, from sex trafficking in Cambodia, to Yazidi women fighting back in Syria. At the core of her reporting are incredible women in extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances – from sex workers in Russia, to victims of domestic violence in Honduras. In her first book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience.

Catch Stacey in these rare live appearances as she discusses everything from gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity, weaving these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today.

There will also be a book signing post event.

All events will be accessible, with a BSL interpreter.

BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ presents ‘An Evening with Jason Robert Brown’

The three-time Tony award winning composer, conductor and pianist comes to London for one night only, with the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra. This special performance will feature music  from his dazzling musicals , including  the award-winning The Bridges of Madison County;  the influential The Last Five Years;  his debut song cycle, Songs for a New World;  the seminal Parade;  and the sensational Honeymoon in Vegas. This will be a unique evening  with Jason, featuring the most popular songs from his shows and introducing new work never before heard this side of the Atlantic. With special guests from London’s West End and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Broadway maestro Larry Blank, it will be a chance to catch up with one of the giants of contemporary musical theatre at the iconic London Palladium. Not to be missed!

Produced by Fane Productions and BBC Radio 2.

Hello Boys. How Feminism Can Save the World, If Not Your Sex Life.

One hundred years ago this February, the first British women got the right to vote. Some British men believe everything went downhill from there.

Grayson Perry and Catherine Mayer agree that life could be made better for men—by making life better for women. They just don’t always see eye to eye on how to do this. Join them for an evening of discussion, laughs, gender politics and gently glowing debate.

Grayson Perry is an award-winning artist; Bafta-winning TV presenter; Reith Lecturer and bestselling author with traditional masculine traits including having the desire to ‘always be right and to overtake all other cyclists when going up big hills’.

Catherine Mayer is an award-winning journalist; bestselling author; and the president of the Women’s Equality Party, which she co-founded by accident after ‘being handed a microphone in a theatre. Oh’.

Grayson and Catherine encourage you to bring along your misogynist uncle, the pal who doesn’t ‘get feminism’ and your partner or colleague who insists the gender pay gap is a myth.

 

Dame Patricia Routledge: Facing The Music – A Life in Musical Theatre

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 USA.

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 1998 she was honoured with the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

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

Carol Klein – Life in a Cottage Garden

Acclaimed plantswoman, bestselling author and one of our most familiar gardening experts in the media today, Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, having featured on (almost) every programme since 2005.

Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure. Now is your chance to hear about life in her own beautiful cottage garden.

Kathleen Turner: ‘Finding My Voice’

‘A triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty’ (The Guardian) Kathleen Turner’s ‘exquisite’ and ‘defiant’ (The Times) one-woman show, Finding My Voice, has opened to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

A ‘deeply personal account of a career spanning 41 years on Hollywood, Broadway and the West End’ (The Stage), ‘Hollywood legend’ Turner ‘mixes the poignant with the political’ (Telegraph) in this ‘undeniably fabulous’ (Time Out) new show from Fane Productions.

Lending her trademark husky alto to classic tunes from the American songbook, two-time Golden Globe winner and star of Body Heat, Romancing the Stone & War of the Roses, Kathleen also voiced cartoon heart-throb Jessica Rabbit and guest-starred as Chandler’s Dad in TV Sitcom, Friends.

With just two weeks left in London, and a short UK tour, don’t miss this inspirational and charismatic storytelling from a bona fide stage and screen legend.

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Utterly charming… She sells the poetry of the lyrics” – Gary Wilmot

Captivating. She had the entire audience in the palm of her hand” – Patsy Ferran

★★★★ ‘A defiant one-woman show… Exquisite’ – The Times

★★★★Hollywood legend mixes the poignant with the political… it’s a blast’ – The Telegraph

‘A triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty’ – The Guardian

Brilliant storytelling’The Stage

Undeniably fabulous’ – Time Out

 

An Evening with Grayson Perry, Jay Rayner, Gareth Malone and Rachel Tucker

Join Grayson Perry, Gareth Malone, Jay Rayner and Rachel Tucker as they aim to raise enough funds in one night to build a school in Afghanistan.

This special variety night will feature a discussion on art, identity and Afghan rugs with Grayson Perry, insights on dining nightmares with Jay Rayner, and beautiful songs from Rachel Tucker, all hosted by Gareth Malone, who’ll be doing a couple of performances himself. Expect glitz, glamour and a load of fun! Transform lives in the process by supporting Afghan Connection to build a school!

Further information about Afghan Connection:

Afghan Connection (AC) was set up by Dr Sarah Fane in 2002, following her travels to Afghanistan as a doctor in the Soviet war and under the Taliban regime. The charity aims to transform life opportunities for children in remote and underserved regions of Afghanistan through support for education projects. AC has built 46 schools for 75,000 children and renovated more than 70 other schools serving some 110,000 children. Through its support, 1000 teachers have received training and 2700 children attend community based education classes in areas where there are no schools.

Alongside the meteoric rise of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team, with the Marylebone Cricket Club as partners, Afghan Connection has built 100 cricket pitches in schools and coached 4,500 children and young people with disabilities, promoting peace through sport.

If you wish to donate to Afghan Connection, please click here: https://www.justgiving.com/afghanconnection

Gareth Malone Spring 2018 Tour

Following the resounding success of the 2017 tour Gareth can’t resist bringing the choral excitement to areas we missed first time round, this is a show that shouldn’t be missed.

This limited run of new dates in Spring 2018 will see TV’s favourite choirmaster truly in his element as he curates an evening of music that matters to him. Gareth is delighted to welcome back The Swingles, the undisputed rulers of British close Harmony, to present songs you know and love in a way you have never heard them before.  Feast your ears on their dazzling vocal pyrotechnics.

Gareth will be joined by some exciting guest choirs and singers along the way, he’ll be showcasing new songs written specially for this tour, alongside well-known classics such as ‘Fields of Gold’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Superstition’.   The evening will include repertoire from his TV series The Choir – songs as sung by the Invictus choir, Military Wives and the ‘Boys Don’t Sing’ episode.

Join us for your chance to be part of this musical extravaganza this May and June.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously – July 2018

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.
In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell.

Parkinson: Our Kind Of Music

A live theatrical journey through Sir Michael Parkinson’s musical DNA in words, pictures and performance.

Alongside his interviewing and writing Sir Michael Parkinson has spent much of his career promoting the appreciation of the music of the Great American Songbook and encouraging those of the new generation who are fighting to keep that flame alive.  In the process, he has developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of that genre as well as interviewing some of the greats and finding time to talent spot the likes of Bublé, Krall and Cullum.  But he is much more than a jazzer.  His taste in music takes in everything from Razorlight to Paul Simon, The Beatles to Oasis with the consequence that Sir Michael’s seal of approval came to mean a great deal with every record label in the country wanting to bottle his A&R talent.

This passion and love of music in all its forms is celebrated in a new live theatrical show.  In conversation with his long-term producer, collaborator and son Mike, using clips from his classic and extensive archive and featuring live performances by the multi-talented Joe Stilgoe we take a fascinating, entertaining and informative journey to the musical heart of Sir Michael Parkinson via Barnsley, sixties Manchester, Wood Lane and Broadcasting House.