Patricia Routledge is an acclaimed British actress of stage, television and film. Listen to the interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM here to learn more about the production with herself and pianist Piers Lane AO.
She is performing in the play “Admission – One Shilling” about the life and work of piano virtusos Myra Hess who performed in and arranged musical concerts during World War II that were seen by three quarter of a million people across England. The play is about art in the time of war and the importance of the preservation of culture. It tours Australia nationally from the 2nd to 31st May with dates in Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Mandura and Perth.
Patricia Routledge won a Tony Award and Olivier Award for her musical theatre roles. In the 1980s she appeared on British television performing monologues by Alan Bennett written especially for her. Her television roles have included the much loved Hyacinth Bucket in “Keeping Up Appearances” and the title character in “Hetty Wainthropp Investigates”. She is now performing in a stage play about Myra Hess who curated musical concerts in London and across England during World War II.
Patricia is the recipient of the 1967 Tony Award for her Broadway performance in Darling of the Day, the Laurence Olivier Award in 1989 for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the Top TV Comedy Actress and Personality of the Year Awards in 1991 and 1993 and was further honoured in 1966 in the special BBC 60th Anniversary Awards.
Her film roles include “To Sir with Love” starring Sidney Poitier (1967) and “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River” with Jerry Lewis, (1968) among others.
She was appointed OBE in 1992 and CBE in 2004. She has been patron of the Beatrix Potter Society since July 2012. In 2008 she received a Doctor of Letters from LancasterUniversity for her contribution to drama and theatre.
Music in this interview:
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (excerpt)
London Sym Orch/Andre Previn
[Classic Experience II] EMI 7 94431 2
Piano Concerto No2 in F Sharp minor: Allegro
Tasmanian Sym Orch/Piers Lane,p
The Creation: In the beginning
John Shirley Quirk,b; Robert Tear,t; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/Sir David Willcocks
Classics for Pleasure 3 75929 2
Jazz Suite No2: March
Concertcebouw Orch/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 433 702-2
The Music Makers, Op69: They had no vision amazing
Dame Janet Baker,ms; London Phil Orch/Sir Adrian Boult
EMI CDS7 47208 2
This interview was broadcast on ABC Classic FM at 12:00pm, Tuesday 29 April 2014 with Margaret Throsby
Produced by Mark Hastings and Michaela Kalowski
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Piers Lane AO explains the Admission: One Shilling production ……….