Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) has announced today a new season of special talk evenings with some of Britain’s top award winning actors; David Suchet, Celia Imrie and Dame Harriet Walter in March and April. Profits from these one off special events will go towards NST’s Impact Fund which funds projects for local young people and emerging artists.
An Evening with Dame Harriet Walter, on 23 March at Nuffield Southampton Theatres City, will start the season. As one of the country’s most celebrated stage actresses, the recipient of Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress and has been nominated for a Tony Award and multiple Drama Desk Awards, she has played many of Shakespeare’s leading parts – both male and female. Her television credits include appearances on Hugo Blick’s Black Earth Rising, Downton Abbey, The Crown and Call the Midwife . Her film career includes the classic movies Sense and Sensibility, Bright Young Things and Antonement and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
An Evening with Celia Imrie will follow on 28 March at NST City. Celia is one of the most well-known faces of British comedy, having appeared in hit movies Bridget Jones’s Diary, Calendar Girls, Nanny McPhee, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Her television career is just as illustrious with credits including Doctor Who, Lewis, Cranford, Absolutely Fabulous and of course a long association with Victoria Wood, including starring in Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques. On stage she has starred in a variety of hit shows including King Lear, Noises Off and Hay Fever as well as reprising her Acorn Antiques role in the musical adaptation, going on to win an Olivier Award for her performance.
In April, An Evening with David Suchet concludes the season on 28 April at NST Campus. David Suchet is best known for his acclaimed performance as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot across 70 episodes between 1989 and 2013. For this work he received a BAFTA nomination and a Royal Television Society lifetime achievement award. His impressive screen career also includes performances in Oppenheimer, The Way We Live Now, and Maxwell for which he received an International Emmy Award as well as more recently Doctor Who, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Press. On stage, he has been nominated for 8 Olivier Awards for performances including All My Sons, Amadeus, The Importance of Being Earnest and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He received a CBE in 2011 and was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 2009. Laura Eastwood, Director of Development at Nuffield Southampton Theatres said, “It is a real privilege to be able to welcome these leading actors to Southampton and for our audiences a wonderful opportunity to hear their stories about their work”
This special season also includes an event with Sir Ian McKellen who is doing a one man show to celebrate his 80th birthday. Tickets are available in the first instance to members of Nuffield Southampton Theatres and then on general release from 13 February. For more information, visit nstheatres.co.uk.