A VERY special theatrical event will bring the curtain down on this year’s Henley Literary Festival at the Kenton Theatre.
Actors Jeremy Child and Robert Portal are reading extracts from the highly successful book Dear Lupin in aid of Sue Ryder on Sunday, October 6. It will be only the second time they have performed the piece the other will have been two nights before at the Garrick Club in London.
The book Dear Lupin — Letters To A Wayward Son is a made up of 25 years of letters from the late Sunday Times journalist Roger Mortimer to his son Charlie and was soon in the bestseller lists.
“I am delighted that we are able to do it here in Henley and in aid of such a very good charity,” said Jeremy who lives in Ewelme. “When I read the book I loved it, the letters are extremely funny and well written but also very much to the point.”
The performance has been directed by actor Simon Williams who will introduce the show.
He said: “I am very pleased to be involved as the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed plays an important role in the local community and my wife Lucy’s family. It is also a special event as it closes the 2013 Henley Literary Festival of which I am a patron.”
Jeremy Child is a long-time supporter of the literary festival and has regularly taken part in the River Readings. He is an established and much admired actor with a range of stage, television and film roles to his name including productions as varied as EastEnders and The Iron Lady.
“We are looking forward to what should be a good way to end the festival and raise some money for an extremely good cause,” he said.
While Jeremy reads the letters from Roger the words of Charlie Porter are spoken by Robert, an actor who will be known for his roles in The King’s Speech and My Week With Marilyn.
He said: “I had read Dear Lupin before Jeremy Child came up with the brilliant idea of adapting it into a reading. I loved it, reminding me somewhat of my own father’s letters to me, of a time when letter writing was the usual way of communicating when away at school or gap year.
“I even know some of the people in the book! Our only problem was which letters to leave out as we loved them all. I hope we’ve made the right choice.”
Moira Logie, regional fundraiser for Sue Ryder said: “It should be a lovely evening and we are thrilled to be involved with it.”
Henley Literary Festival founder Sue Ryan said: “Sue Ryder is a charity which is important to me and the town and I can think of no finer way to end the festival that with something to raise money for them. All we need now is a full house.”
Dear Lupin is on at the Kenton Theatre on Sunday, October 6 at 7.45pm. Go to www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk or phone the festival office on 0118 972 4700.