The One Night Booking Company

An Evening With… Sir Donald Sinden

In an intimate and hysterically funny evening DONALD SINDEN discusses his long career: how he made the transition from Rank Film Star to top classical actor with the RSC, farce both on TV and the West End stage, to a regular dramatic role in the hugely popular BBC series Judge John Deed.

Laced with wonderful anecdotes (what happened after Marilyn Monroe knocked on his dressing-room door at Pinewood; which acting great crashed a warship while filming The Cruel Sea; the true secret of Dirk Bogardes’s acting success) this is a rare chance to hear one of the great tellers of anecdotes relate some of the stories that are usually only heard at the Garrick Club.

Hear The Timbre – Feel The Projection!

“Magical and memorable! We have been recalling and retelling those wonderful jokes to all who missed the unmissable! What an evening! What an occasion!” email from audience member at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

February 20 – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford box office: 01483 44 00 00 *** 3rd RETURN VISIT! ***
October 17 – Cambridge Arts Theatre. Box Office: 01223 503333
October 27 – Little Theatre, Leicester. Box Office: 0116 2551302
October 30 – Lichfield Garrick. Box Office: 01543 412121
March 25 2011 – Custom House, South Shields. Box Office: 0191 454 1234

An Evening With… Nicholas Parsons

NICHOLAS PARSONS, radio & TV star, comedian and entertainer. Chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute for an incredible 37 years (and counting!), he was also the host of Anglia TV’s Sale Of The Century for a record-breaking 14 years, now stars in An Evening with… Nicholas Parsons ‘Just A Laugh A Minute’.

In this very entertaining and vibrant show, Nicholas takes his audience on a humorous and nostalgic journey through the often hysterically funny memorabilia of his long and eventful life, seeing the funny side of every situation as he highlights with superb observation the events that have shaped his career.

As a surprisingly fabulous mimic and impressionist, he not only recalls the incidents and events, he re-creates them with vivid impersonations of the famous personalities involved and shows why he has such a massive following from students to OAP’s who are all regularly glued to his BBC Radio 4 broadcasts.

October 24 – St Donats Arts Centre, Vale of Glamorgan box office: 01446 799 100
October 29 – Beau Sejour Theatre, Guernsey. Box Office: 01481 254530

An Evening With… Julian Clary

JULIAN CLARY, TV star, top comedian and now author of a highly successful autobiography, stars in An Evening with… Julian Clary.

In this intimate and self-revelatory show, he leaves behind the make-up and the sequins and with his characteristic humour and charm, reveals what it’s like to be Julian Clary.

He tells how a shy, Catholic schoolboy became a huge TV star known for his risque humour and outrageous costumes and how he won over an entirely new audience with his appearances on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and Who Do You Think You Are?

Julian charts his journey from a policeman’s son in suburbia to a trail-blazing gay icon, winning the hearts of the public on his way.

An Evening with… Julian Clary demonstrates all the wit and humour that makes Julian a top entertainer and reveals some surprising and moving insights into the life of a star.

Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners

The hugely popular and very successful anthology evening of Wicked Comedy, Heavenly Drama, Devilishly Tall Tales, Enchanting Poetry and Seductive Stories starring four Deadly Beautiful Temptresses will enlighten you on how to survive, or even live by, the Seven Deadly Sins!

Compiled by the award winning scriptwriter and author of the first six of the Carry On… films Norman Hudis, it stars four from the following interchangeable cast: JANE ASHER (House/Garden), JOANNE WHALLEY (Scandal), SUE HOLDERNESS (Only Fools and Horses), RULA LENSKA (Celebrity Big Brother ’06), TWIGGY (The Blues Brothers etc), TARA BLAISE (Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the War Of The Worlds), TRACEY CHILDS (Born and Bred), EVA POPE (Coronation Street), LINDA PURL (Happy Days), SARA CROWE (Four Weddings and a Funeral), JAN FRANCIS (Just Good Friends), BELINDA LANG (2point4 Children), NICHOLA McAULIFFE (Surgical Spirit), JEAN FERGUSSON (Last of the Summer Wine), ABI TITMUSS (Fat Christ), CHERIE LUNGHI (Cutting It), DEBBIE ARNOLD (EastEnders), JANIE DEE (Mack & Mabel), ANITA HARRIS (Carry On’s etc), ANGHARAD REES (Poldark), ANNABEL LEVENTON (Wimbledon), LORNA DALLAS (United 93), JUDY BUXTON (On The Up), GEORGIA REECE (Brookside), LIZ ROBERTSON (King & I), LIZA GODDARD (Take Three Girls).

“The house roared with laughter. A very clever show, great production, fabulous team, giving plenty of smiles and belly laughs” Theatre Australia
“It’s a winning formula and the production continues to do the rounds all over the world” The Western Australian

Clive Francis Performs A Christmas Carol

A unique one-man version of Charles Dickens classic novel, adapted by Clive Francis (Poldark; Yes, Prime Minister and a noted caricaturist), who repeats his acclaimed RSC performance as the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge, bringing to life a whole galaxy of Dickensian characters from the spectral Jacob Marley to the warm and loving Bob Cratchit, from Mrs Cratchit to the sadness of Tiny Tim and not forgetting of course, the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future.

Bring the children to this most English of English Christmas stories… and Humbug to those who say otherwise!

Recent reviews have included:
“The performance of his career” Daily Telegraph
“Clive Francis as Scrooge is spellbinding” Sunday Times
“Clive Francis’ A Christmas Carol is theatre at its best. A sleight of hand in which, before our very eyes, he fills an empty stage with an entire Dickensian landscape. Simply magic!” Alan Ayckbourn
“A wonderful, wonderful Scrooge” John Mortimer
“The perfect antidote to panto. Clive Francis gives us a beautifully gift-wrapped Christmas message” Sussex Gazette
“From the moment he emerged on stage, with only a lectern and an armchair as props, he captivated the several hundred-strong audience. It took only a few moments to realise this was something very special.” Birmingham News

Steven Berkoff In Shakespeare’s Villians

Part masterclass, part performance, part stand-up, this mesmerising one-man show from actor, director, film-star and writer STEVEN BERKOFF, takes a scalpel to the heart of villainy in the company of Shakespeare’s most nefarious blackguards.

Iago, the Macbeths, Shylock, Richard III. Characters who are inherently evil, others whose situation leads them to evil deeds or who find themselves at the mercy of an evil society. Incisive insights into the psyche give way to Shakespeare’s own words, which explode into the auditorium from one of the UK’s most formidable and maverick talents in a performance that earned him a Society Of London Theatre Olivier Award nomination.

In an illustrious stage and screen career STEVEN BERKOFF has got under the skin of many of our most memorable bad guys: psychos, murderers, gangsters and autocrats – from Bond baddies to Hamlet; from Rambo’s nemesis to Coriolanus. Now Berkoff brings this wealth of experience to Shakespeare’s most notorious villains in a way that challenges, exhilarates and entertains.

“A performance touched with magic and genius” The Australian

Nicholas Parsons Performs How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear

NICHOLAS PARSONS in his extraordinary one-man show. The programme, which runs 90 minutes, has been constructed to convey all the aspects of Edward Lear’s personality and talent. A varied selection of his comic and serious verse has been chosen to illustrate this and these poems – which include some of his best known work such as THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT; THE JUMBLIES; THE POBBLE; THE QUANGLE-WANGLE; YONGHY-BONGHY-BO; UNCLE ARLY and THE DONG WITH THE LUMINOUS NOSE – are performed as opposed to being recited or read. In between delivery of the poems Nicholas Parsons gives the audience a picture of Edward Lear’s tragic life, his background and family, his work and his many talents, so that the poems appear quite naturally out of the story he is telling about this unique and original man and illustrate how they are very much a part of Lear’s fantasy world which he created to survive the rigours of his own very difficult personal life.

January 21 – Beau Sejour Theatre, Guernsey. Box Office: 01481 254530

Innocent ‘Til Proven Filthy

**ADULTS ONLY** Lindsay Honey has starred in and directed over 150 ‘adult’ films around the world – your audience may know him better as his alter ego BEN DOVER.

The UK porn legend recounts many very humorous anecdotes from his 30-year career in the adult industry (both behind and in front of the camera) and from his days in the early 80’s when he was the drummer with the Ian Mitchell Band. He lifts the lid on what it’s like having to live in “pornoland” and at the same time in the real world and what happens when people recognise him in the street! He reveals why he was imprisoned and how he had the ‘screws’ under his thumb and also why he loves the job that every man in the country thinks he can do – but when it comes to it… can’t!

This is a no-holds-barred (or should that be no-holes-barred) evening of fun, frivolity and revelation.

“Whatever you think he might be like, you’re wrong! Unless you are expecting a warmly charming, naturally funny, sharply articulate, properly intelligent bloke with a cock you can spot on Google Earth!” Journalist & actress Kate Copstick

An Evening With Gyles Brandreth

They say all political careers end in tears and in GYLES BRANDRETH’s case it’s tears of laughter as the author, broadcaster, former MP and government whip takes us on an hilarious roller-coaster ride through the corridors of power, from Buckingham Palace to the Kremlin, from the green benches of Westminster to the green rooms of the West End.

With a cast-list that runs from Oscar Wilde to Elizabeth II this is a wickedly witty entertainment from an award-winning raconteur, with unique tales to tell from his unlikely life in the theatre, television, journalism and politics.

“Gyles Brandreth is brilliant… incredibly funny and wildly indiscreet” Daily Mail

“A deadpan comic to rival Jack Dee” Daily Telegraph

“Gyles Brandreth has a serious talent for making people laugh” Daily Mirror

Merely Players – The Life Of A Theatrical Anecdote

Sir DONALD SINDEN and CLIVE FRANCIS perform, spar and try to out-act each other while telling some of the Funniest, Wickedest and most Outrageous Theatrical stories of all time!

Performed recently, in less shocking colours, at the Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts & Literature, Fowey and the Connaught Theatre, Worthing to full houses.

Wilde At Heart

“I thought life was going to be a brilliant comedy. I found it to be a revolting and repellent tragedy.” Conceived and performed by actors PATRICK MARLEY and GENEVIEVE ALLENBURY this is an elegant and dramatic look at the life, loves and above all, the works of one of the most celebrated literary figures of the 19th century, OSCAR WILDE. We encounter Wilde himself, his friends and his enemies and much of the fascinating detail, taken in part from recent biographies, reveals aspects of this dramatic story that are both new and surprising.

“Without doubt the most satisfying performance I have ever seen about Wilde” Plays & Players

“This Wilde is wonderful, revealing, moving and beautifully performed” Evening Standard

Straker Sings Brel

Hailed as one of the greatest voices on stage today PETER STRAKER, original cast member of Hair, Phantom of the Opera (for Ken Hill rather than Andrew Lloyd Webber), Blues in the Night and Hot Stuff, brings his unique talents to bear on the bitter and thrilling songs of Jacques Brel.

Set in a seedy bar in the port of Amsterdam, this acclaimed compilation highlights Straker’s incomparable vocal artistry. The show includes the classics ‘If you go away’ and ‘Jackie’, alongside such lesser known numbers as ‘When I am old’ and ‘Off to die’. In a barnstorming performance that piles on the agony and the ecstasy, Straker turns on his vibrato and presses all the right buttons to turn the audience on too.
PETER STRAKER’s own recording career has been notable, including collaborations with The Alan Parsons Project and Freddie Mercury’s memorable ‘Barcelona’ with Montserrat Caballe. He has also recorded four solo albums, two of which were produced by Freddie Mercury.

Written and directed by MEL SMITH (who also directed the hit movie Bean), this special production which was such a hit at the Edinburgh Festival can be booked for limited periods at Festivals and one-night shows.

The press have been ecstatic over the show, as can be seen by this selection of reviews:

“An evening that’s hard to forget. Peter Straker exhibits all the shameless savoir-faire of a seasoned diva and doesn’t just sing Brel, he is Brel” Evening Standard
“His compelling voice mesmerises. When he left the stage, a member of the audience breathed WOW!, which said it all” Footloose in London

All That Loving Stuff

In this extraordinary and thrilling play, Jack Clemmons (HARRY MACDONALD) a retired police sergeant is so shocked by the hasty and slipshod way in which a suicide verdict is brought in that he determines to investigate the short life and mysterious death of the unwanted waif NORMA JEANE BAKER, who became the international star MARILYN MONROE.

Played brilliantly by EVA GRAY (left) and starting with Monroe’s difficult childhood, the play progresses through her struggle to be recognised as a serious actress, her constant quest for affection and respect and finally her mysterious early death.

“Superb: The role requires an intense concentration and Eva Gray as Monroe does not miss a trick. The play is expertly constructed, the narrative line clear, the drama always compelling” Liverpool Daily Post

“Eva Gray gives an absorbing performance as Monroe. In a powerful performance her features clearly reflect her feelings and changing moods. The piece is a gripping mystery” The Stage

Losing My Marbles

Ever wish you knew what the truth was behind all those Hollywood rumours? TRADER FAULKNER knows! As best friend of the great film actor PETER FINCH, he reveals first hand the scandals and gossip about Finch’s notorious affair with VIVIAN LEIGH that led to the break up of her marriage to LAURENCE OLIVIER, his love for KAY KENDALL and how his passion for SHIRLEY BASSEY nearly drove him to a nervous breakdown. Bitchy and brilliant, Losing My Marbles will provide you with enough anecdotes to fill many a dinner party for years to come!

NICHOLAS PARSONS, radio & TV star, comedian and entertainer. Chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute for an incredible 37 years (and counting!), he was also the host of Anglia TV’s Sale Of The Century for a record-breaking 14 years, now stars in An Evening with… Nicholas Parsons ‘Just A Laugh A Minute’.In this very entertaining and vibrant show, Nicholas takes his audience on a humorous and nostalgic journey through the often hysterically funny memorabilia of his long and eventful life, seeing the funny side of every situation as he highlights with superb observation the events that have shaped his career.

As a surprisingly fabulous mimic and impressionist, he not only recalls the incidents and events, he re-creates them with vivid impersonations of the famous personalities involved and shows why he has such a massive following from students to OAP’s who are all regularly glued to his BBC Radio 4 broadcasts.

May 26 – Wimbledon Theatre box office: 0871 297 5454
June 5 – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford box office: 01245 606505
June 14 – Great Hall, Derby Assembly Rooms box office: 01332 255 800
July 3 – Winchester Theatre Royal box office: 01962 840 440
October 24 – St Donats Arts Centre, Vale of Glamorgan box office: 01446 799 100
November 21 – Sinden Theatre, Tenterden box office: 01580 763826

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