Facing the music with Patricia Routledge

Patricia Routledge and Edward Seckerson on stage at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester � photograph by Hattie Miles ... 31.04.2012 � Free use when publicising shows and events staged by or in conjunction with Clive Conway Celebrity Productions.  Please include the following photo credit:  Hattie Miles for Clive Conway.

Patricia Routledge and Edward Seckerson on stage at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester � photograph by Hattie Miles ... 31.04.2012 � Free use when publicising shows and events staged by or in conjunction with Clive Conway Celebrity Productions. Please include the following photo credit: Hattie Miles for Clive Conway.

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IT IS one of the best-kept secrets in showbusiness which will be revealed at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on Thursday October 4.

Actress Patricia Routledge, best know as Hyacinth Bucket and Hetty Wainthrop, 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 Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

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

Writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson is Chief Classical Music Critic of The Independent newspaper and a founder member of The ArtsDesk.com.

He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 show ‘Stage and Screen’ on which he interviewed many of the biggest names in the business, among them Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The show at the Gardyne Theatre is entitled ‘Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre’ and it runs for one night only on Thursday, October 4, at 7.30 pm.

Tickets priced £19, £16 concessions are available from the box office on 01382 434 940.