A Special One Night Fundraising Performance
Sunday 20 October 2013
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For one night only on Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 7.30pm, acclaimed actress of stage and screen – and local resident – Dame Diana Rigg DBE will talk about her book, No Turn Unstoned , a collection of “the worst theatrical reviews in history”. First published in 1982, her bestselling collection of vicious – but screamingly funny – reviews by theatre critics has long been a theatrical cult favourite.
Following an uncouth comment about her nude scene in Abelard and Heloise by critic John Simon, Dame Diana was inspired to write No Turn Unstoned. She wrote to her many friends and acquaintances in the theatre and film industries, asking them to share their worst-ever reviews. She also researched theatre criticism and surviving comments from as far back as Ancient Greece. The result is a both scholarly and hugely entertaining look at the theatre throughout history – and, above all, a celebration of the actors who survive and carry on, despite it all.
One of the UK’s greatest stage and screen actresses, Diana Rigg’s career has embraced film (including the classic James Bond On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), television (including the iconic Mrs Emma Peel in The Avengers ; her Emmy nominated performance in Game of Thrones; her BAFTA winning performance in Mother Love; and, earlier this year, Dr. Who acting alongside her daughter Rachael Stirling); and stage (including playing leading roles in the world premieres of two Tom Stoppard plays – Jumpers and Night and Day; the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies in the West End; Medea at the Almeida Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway for which she received the Tony Award for Best Actress; Mother Courage at the National Theatre; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Almeida Theatre and in the West End. Most recently, she has appeared in The Cherry Orchard and Hay Fever at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion in the West End.
A once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Dame Diana talk about No Turn Unstoned, followed by a questions and answers session, in the uniquely intimate surroundings of the Finborough Theatre.
All of the proceeds of the performance will go towards the Finborough Theatre, a registered charity.