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From the Mon 04 – Sat 16 March, the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Brewery Theatre welcomes back highly-acclaimed chameleon-like character actor Bob Kingdom.  This year he is presenting not one but two shows, Dylan Thomas: Return Journey and An Audience with the Duke of Windsor.

 

DYLAN THOMAS: RETURN JOURNEY

RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS LTD & ASSEMBLY

 

Mon 04– Sat 09 March 7.45pm (Matinee Saturday 2.15pm)

 

Starring Bob Kingdom

 

As Dylan Thomas, Bob Kingdom flawlessly portrays the conflict between Thomas’s outrageous talent, creativity and wit and his ultimately disastrous self-destructive urges. In a show that blends the stories and the poetry with incisive comments on the nature of performing the American touring circuit, the audience is invited to join Thomas on his last great lecture tour en-route to the White Horse Tavern and the legendary seventeenth whisky.

 

The show was originally directed by Sir Anthony Hopkins and has toured to great acclaim all over the world, including the United States and Australia.  It returns to the TFT for the third time after two runs that had audiences enthralled.

 

This critically acclaimed portrayal embraced the myth of the tortured artist, with a life distinguished by exuberantly successful highs and pathetically undignified lows.

 

THE SHOWS BEGINNINGS

In 1955 Anthony Hopkins was very taken by Emlyn Williams’ one-man show about Dylan Thomas: “For many years I wanted to play Dylan Thomas in either a play or a film. I never had the inclination or the foresight to devise a programme for myself. Then one night I was invited to watch Bob Kingdom’s performance in a pub theatre. It was really impressive. A few months later I ventured a suggestion that I would like to help out if he needed an objective ‘other eye’. He agreed and said he would like to broaden his performance. Working with him has been a revelation, because I realise how passionately he feels and identifies with Thomas. Bob Kingdom not only identifies with Dylan Thomas but sometimes, and often, the two personalities seem to merge. It is a remarkable performance.”

“I could have listened to his spell-binding, word-winding wizardry there for hours.” The Times

 

“Wit, and feeling, and rollicking comedy, and even beauty.” The New Yorker

 

OTHER INFO

Running time 1hr 40mins (inc. interval)

Age recommendation 12+

Tickets Full £11 / Concession £9 (no conc. Sat eve)

Venue The Brewery Theatre, 231 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP

Box Office 0117 902 0344 / www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com

 

AN AUDIENCE WITH THE DUKE OF WINDSOR

RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS LTD & ASSEMBLY

 

Mon 11 – Sat 16 March 7.45pm (Matinee Saturday 2.15pm)

 

Starring Bob Kingdom

 

For the second half of the run Bob Kingdom will inhabit the intriguing character of Edward VIII who, after his infamous abdication less than a year after he was crowned, became known as The Duke of Windsor.

 

Fascination with this enigmatic and controversial figure is as intense now as ever, with this show coming hot-on-the-heels of the award-winning films The King’s Speech and W.E.

 

This play tells the true behind-the-scenes story of the Duke’s relationship with his ghost writer as they attempt to write his memoir A King’s Story for a million dollars. Drawn from extensive research, this is the never-before-seen story of one man’s dilemma between love and money.

“Enthralling.” The Telegraph

 

“Bob Kingdom is magnificent.” Variety


OTHER INFO

Running time 1hr 40mins (inc. interval)

Age recommendation 12+

Tickets Full £11 / Concession £9 (no conc. Sat eve)

Venue The Brewery Theatre, 231 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP

Box Office 0117 902 0344 / www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com

 

More Info On Bob Kingdom:

Bob Kingdom grew up in Cardiff, South Wales. Like Dylan Thomas, he lived in an Anglicised Welsh environment marked by a tension between two cultures. From an early age Bob Kingdom was himself captured by words and language. As a small boy he won literary competitions and distinguished himself in amateur dramatics (amazing adult colleagues with mimicry and an ability to play exceedingly old gentlemen with uncanny conviction.)

In adulthood he quickly established himself in the world of advertising in copywriting (pleading guilty to a number of catchphrases and images of the seventies!). He found himself involved in television voice-overs, poetry readings, was a writer/performer of radio comedy shows and an early member of the satirical ‘Week Ending’ team, where his Neil Kinnock impression remains unsurpassed!  In addition to all this, he found time to mount his own London art exhibitions.

Bob is one of the UK’s most successful writer/performers. His acclaimed play and performance in The Truman Capote talk show won the Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and has toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally.