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PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE stars in war time musical collaboration at The Brunton

Patricia Routledge, the award winning actress best known for her role as Hyancinth Bucket in the long running BBC sitcomKeeping Up Appearances, is starring in an extraordinary musical and theatrical collaboration with international concert pianist Piers Lane, at The Brunton in Musselburgh this March. 

Admission One Shilling is the story of Dame Myra Hess and her famous wartime National Gallery concerts, of which all 1,600 performances continued while bombs rained down on London. Dame Myra Hess never wrote her autobiography and her letters and notes are particularly sparse during those war years, as all her time was taken up by practising, organising and performing all of her concerts. Therefore, the script for this performance has been compiled from press interviews and broadcasts from that time, where she would speak a few words before playing. Dame Myra’s own words, complied by her great nephew composer, Nigel Hess, combined with piano music by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Shumann and Chopin tell the tale of how the ‘great adventure’ of these lunchtime concerts began.This uplifting story about the healing power of music is directed by Christopher Luscombe.

Patricia Routledge has starred in various award winning roles, from Alan Bennetts’Talking Heads monologues, to Shakespeare, Sheridan and musicals such as Carousel. Her other highlights include a Tony Award in 1967 for her performance in Darling of the Day on Broadway; a triumph in the title role of Offenbachs’ operaThe Duchess of Gerolstein and a Laurence Olivier award for her ‘Old Lady’ role inCandide. In 1991 she received a British Comedy award for Best Comedy Actress forKeeping Up Appearances and shortly after in 1992, she was awarded Best Television Personality of the Year. During the 60th Anniversary of the BBC awards, viewers voted her Britain’s Favourite Actress. Following this string of successes and achievements, this talented actress was awarded an OBE in 1993 by the Queen for her contribution to television.

Routledges’ collaboration with Australian pianist Piers Lane, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, piano ambassador of the Australian National Academy of Music and doctorate of Griffith University, is not one to be missed. Don’t miss your chance to witness the talent of these two world class individuals in a war time classic performance at The Brunton this year.

Admission One Shilling is in venue 1 at The Brunton on Saturday 28March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 (£18). Tickets are available from The Brunton box office on 0131 665 2240, or viawww.thebrunton.co.uk

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