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ANDYHOWELLS chats to showbusiness legend Sir Bruce Forsyth about his oneman show

‘I’ve been lucky with my career’

SIR Bruce Forsyth, one of the na- tion’s most famous and adored en- tertainers, will step on to the New Theatre stage on April 27 for a rare performance. Performing prior to an appear-

ance at the London Palladium, Bruce will be entertaining the audience in the way that only he can. Alongside Dave Arch (mu- sical director of Strictly Come Dancing) and the country’s finest musicians, the star will present an evening of singing, dancing, comedy and audience interac- tion.

Bruce Forsyth’s successful ca-

reer has spanned over seventy years, with hit shows like Sunday Night at The London Palladium, The Generation Game and, more recently, as a host on Strictly Come Dancing. Now he swaps the television cameras for the New Theatre stage in a special one-night-only performance. Andy Howells re- cently chatted with the legendary performer.

The Generation Game was a mainstay of Saturday evening TV back in the 1970s along with Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies and Doctor Who. What was it like to have a suc- cessful show in that era? To me it was a lovely, a period

of top ratings and shows like Eric & Ernie and The Duchess of Duke Street all on before The Generation Game and finishing up with Parkinson and Match of

The Day, it was a whole even- ing of varied entertainment. Not shows that take two hours, It’s just too much and they’re do- ing it in the States now, we’ve just got back from Puerto Rico and they’re stringing things out. Of course, they’re making them long because they’ve got noth- ing else to put on. We had all these shows that all followed one another; it was a variety of programmes. You could sit there all evening and watch different shows for different moods and different feelings. I’m pleased I’ve got the memories of them.

You’ve given millions of televi- sion viewers so many great memories over the years too. All my career I’ve been lucky.

If there’s a secret to my longev- ity it’s that children have grown up with me, even if they grew to hate me later on in life (laughs). They knew me from the start, even people who watched me on The Palladium when they were 10, you go on 50 years and they’ve grown up with me. Even with Strictly now, kids come up to me with their mothers and fa- thers and want autographs. I’ve put that down to luck of being in programmes suitable for chil- dren. I’m like Uncle Bruce.

Can you tell us more about your forthcoming show at Cardiff’s New Theatre? It’s more or less the show I’ve done everywhere. I’ve even

done it at Glastonbury. People were phoning me up and say- ing, “Bruce is that right you’re going to Glastonbury? What are you going to do there?” I said: “I’m going to do what I’ve always done. Sing, dance, play the pi- ano and involve the audience with a few things.” I must say I was very scared, how would a young crowd who go there to see all these pop stars react? I think it was the most wonderful feeling I’ve ever had to be able to perform for these younger peo- ple. I went on there wondering what it would be like; it was very emotional for me afterwards.

One of the favourite things I saw you do on television was a TV special with Sammy Davis Jr.

Peter Pan play with a twist

“THERE’S lots of slapstick comedy, with a nice narra- tive underneath it about the politics of the actors playing the parts” writer Jonathan Sayer tells Andy Howells about Mischief Theatre’s fun family show Peter Pan Goes Wrong which visits Cardiff’s New Theatre next week. Mischief Theatre’s first

show, The Play That Goes Wrong, played at the New Theatre in February 2014, and is now performing to packed houses in the West End. Having capped off their success with a Best New Comedy nomination at the 2015 Oliver Awards, they make their return to Wales after only a year to delight audiences young and old once more. This time, the Cornley Pol- ytechnic Drama Society are

putting on their version of Peter Pan but things don’t go very well. In fact, everything that could go wrong does! The journey to Neverland is a thrilling one but, for these accident-prone thespians, the thrills are unintentional and hilariously disastrous. “Its exactly the same as The Play ThatWentWrong except bolder and braver with Peter Pan flying into the walls,” says Jonathan who co-wrote the show with Henry Lewis and Henry Shields. Jonathan explains “One

of our writers worked with Michael Green who wrote The Art of Coarse Acting which is a book on how to be a bad actor, he also wrote a few plays which are plays in which things go wrong. All three of us fell in love with them and we thought it

would be great to write some- thing along the lines of that. I’m a huge fan of silent com- edies, of Chaplin and Keaton, Laurel & Hardy so there’s a lot of those jokes re-imagined and put on stage along with new jokes of that ilk, big bold physical gags that make peo- ple laugh” “The thing I love about the

show is you can take kids to see it and its suitable, there’s a great universal appeal to it,” says Jonathan. Peter Pan Goes Wrong is at

the New Theatre from Tues- day 28 April – Saturday 2 May 2015. Tickets are on sale now with prices from £10.00 to £28.50. For further details about the

showor to book tickets* visit- or call the Box Office on (029) 2087 8889.

SLAPSTICK FUN: Peter Pan Goes Wrong

ALL-ROUNDER: Sir Bruce Forsyth The best thing I ever did on tel-

evision was the hour with Sammy Davis Jr. We did all the things that we do, we sang together and danced together. I played piano for him when he sang and he did a whole comedy routine with instruments when I tried to sing. We did impressions togeth- er. I wish we’d been able to do more; he was starting to feel a bit ill when we did it. I don’t think there was anyone else I could have done it with apart from Roy Castle.

What has been your career highlight? Apart from the Sammy Davis

Jr special, it would be doing my one-man show for the first time at The Palladium because a lot of people said I was wrong do-

ing it at a London Theatre. I went touring and then brought it to the New London Theatre and then the Palladium. To do it as an all- round performer completely on my own with just an orchestra backing me was a very big thrill.

How are you feeling now? I’ve just got back from Puerto

Rico which I go to every year for three months so I’ve had a lovely rest from all the cold miserable damp weather you have here in January, February and March. I’m back now and feel my batter- ies have recharged.

Bruce Forsyth Entertains is at the New Theatre on Monday 27 April. Tickets are £28 to £40. For details call 02920 878 889.

7 Theatre Win with The Guide!

Live CDs to be won

more – Paul Brady – revered Irish talent of some 40 years, the one ingredient who pulls it all together. Fourteen years ago, Paul Brady did 23 gigs at Vicar Street, Dublin and in October 2001 he decided to invite some of them to play with him. The response was overwhelming. The result is to be released on Proper Records on April 27. We have three copies up for

TAKE a verita- ble galaxy of stars – Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Van Mor rison and Sinéad O’Connor to name a few and add one

grabs. For a chance to win one, just tell us when the Vicar Street gigs took place: a) 2000; b) 2001; c) 2002. Send your answer, name, address and contact details on a postcard to Paul Brady Competition, Editor’s PA, South Wales Ar- gus, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 3QN or you can enter by text. Start your message with BRADY, leave a space and then send your answer, name and ad- dress to 80360. Messages cost 50p plus your

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An evening of improv

ONE of Brit- ain’s


loved come- dians, Paul Merton, will bring


sharp impro- visational wit to St David’s Hall for a spe- cial night of comedy on

Paul Merton

Monday 4 May. And you can be there in this exclusive compe- tition for South Wales Argus readers. Paul’s not coming to Cardiff alone though. Sharing the stage with Mer-

ton will be his Impro Chums Richard Vranch, Lee Simp- son and Mike McShane, plus, Paul’s wife Suki Webster who will pit their wits against each other to see who has the quick- est improvisational skills. This fast-paced new show is based entirely upon sugges- tions from the audience, and provides the perfect bank holi- day fun. To be in with a chance of win-

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NEW CD: Paul Brady

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