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.
Presented by Fane Productions as part of the ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket’ season.
Access description: Main entrance up three 15cm steps (staircases have handrails on both sides and are highlighted) through a set of double swing doors. Box Office counter to the right of the entrance. 18 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 28 steps up to the Royal Circle, and 60+ steps up to the Upper Circle and Gallery, through a separate entrance to the right of the main entrance. 4 steps in to each box.
Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 20 headsets.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium but up to 6 can be looked after in the manager’s office.
Disabled Access: No steps to the auditorium through EXIT doors to the left and righthand side of the main entrance – please tell the Box Office in advance and they will be opened for you. 1 space for a wheelchair user at X18. The venue is suitable for scooters. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat for 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs. The theatre can store 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs per performance.
Toilets: Women’s and men’s are down 11 steps from the foyer and at Royal Circle and Upper Circle level.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet at Stalls entrance on street level