Saturday, 25 November 2017

Actresses join cast of David Nobbs tribute

TWO of the country’s best-loved actresses have joined the bill for Saturday’s Henley Literary Festival tribute to the late Reginald

TWO of the country’s best-loved actresses have joined the bill for Saturday’s Henley Literary Festival tribute to the late Reginald Perrin creator David Nobbs.

Patricia Hodge — best known for TV roles in

Miranda
,

Rumpole of the Bailey
and

The Life and Loves of a She Devil
as well as an Oliver-winning stage career — will appear at the event in memory of Nobbs, with whom she worked on two sitcoms.



Eleanor Bron — a festival regular whose credits include



The Archers


,



Alfie

The event, in aid of the Writers’ Guild Welfare Fund, takes place at Henley’s Kenton Theatre at 9pm on Saturday (October 3).

Recent Emmy-winner David Quantick will host the evening, which will feature readings, clips and humorous anecdotes from Barry Cryer, Andy Miller and novelist Jonathan Coe, the author of

What a Carve Up!


In addition to creating hit sitcoms

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
and

A Bit of a Do
, Nobbs authored 20 novels and wrote for a variety of comedians including the Two Ronnies, Frankie Howerd and Les Dawson.

He had been due to return to the festival following a sold-out performance in 2013, but passed away in August.

Henley Literary Festival programming director Tom Ryan said: “I’m delighted that we have such a wonderful line-up for this very special event. Despite the sad loss of David it will be an uplifting and very funny evening.”

Other late additions to the festival’s line-up include bestselling children’s author Philip Ardagh and

Withnail and I
star Richard E Grant.

They join a line-up of 170 events for adults and children including Caroline Lucas, Ben Fogle, Alice in Wonderland, Bonnie Greer and Hugless Douglas.

For more information and tickets, visit the website at henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk



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