Monday, 17 December 2018

Acting quintet in search of digs

EVER wanted to get up-close-and-personal with a great TV actor? Well this could be your chance, writes Lesley Potter.

EVER wanted to get up-close-and-personal with a great TV actor? Well this could be your chance, writes Lesley Potter.

A quintet of actors are about to hit town to start rehearsals for a new comedy at the Mill at Sonning, opening in April, but they’re all in need of digs.

The theatre’s managing director, Sally Hughes, explained: “They are all senior citizens, mostly in their seventies and eighties, and they don’t really want to do a long commute back and forth from Sonning to their homes every day while they’re in rehearsals, so they asked us if we could help find them accommodation. So far, we haven’t been able to find anything.

“We’re looking for theatrical digs for them, which could be in different premises. The good news is, they’re all well house-trained!”

The actors include Peter Byrne, 85, who appeared in more than 300 episodes of police drama Dixon Of Dock Green, and Barry Howard, 75, who was well-loved as Barry Stuart-Hargreaves in the first seven series of popular TV comedy, Hi Di Hi. Geoffrey Davies, 70, who played Dr Dick Stuart-Clark in the Doctor In The House television series, is also looking for somewhere to stay. The actors are all starring in a new comedy, There’s No Place Like Home, which, rather ironically, is about a posse of older actors spending their twilight years in the Stollberg Hall Retirement Home for Theatrical Performers, which is under threat of closure. The play, written and directed by Paul Elliott, runs from April 11, and the actors will need rooms from April 2 until May 18, for four to five nights per week, at up to £20 per night.

Sally said: “If anyone is interested in helping us out, please call me on 0118 969 7082. We can also give them tickets to come along and see the show. It should be a lot of fun.”

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