A hilarious romp through 50 years of broadcasting.
Bringing together a unique group of seasoned radio pros for a celebration of 50 years of broadcasting, in an unforgettable evening of comedy, music and nostalgia.
Hosted by The Today Programme’s Garry Richardson ('and here’s Garry with the sport'), join Alistair McGowan, The Reverend Richard Coles, Charlotte Green and Special Guest Joe Stilgoe as they reminisce in a show packed with hilarious anecdotes, sketches and music. Together these presenters have been broadcasting on our airwaves for over 2 centuries.
Good natured, charming and interesting.
Alistair McGowan is a cherished household name, a master impressionist, a stand-up comic, an actor, a pianist, a writer of sketches, articles, stage and radio plays but is still probably best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA. In 2017 Sony Classical released Alistair McGowan; The Piano Album which went to Number One in The Official Classical Charts and no 2 in the Classic FM chart and was John Brunning's Album of The Week.
Reverend Richard Coles
The Reverend Richard Coles is sometimes described as 'Britain’s most famous Vicar', a regular presenter on Radio 4’s Saturday Live and on Radio 2. A colourful career saw Richard form the pop band The Communards in the 1980’s and he’s the only vicar to have had a number one record, so he’ll have plenty of tales to share from his extraordinary journey from popstar to priest to Strictly Come Dancing and beyond!
Garry Richardson joined the BBC in 1974 and 'here’s Garry with the sport' has been heard on Radio 4’s Today programme since 1981, making him the longest serving member of the team and giving him a wealth of hilarious 'behind the scenes' stories to tell! He is infamous for his racing tips which never win and once famously got David Cameron to select two horses on his first day as Prime Minister. Garry is also the regular presenter on 5 Live’s Sportsweek, and has interviewed some of the world’s most famous names, including an impromptu 15 mins with President Bill Clinton, live from Wimbledon’s centre court.
Newsreader Charlotte Green was once voted the nation’s favourite voice in a Radio Times Poll and is one of the country's most recognisable and cherished voices. Famous for her warm tones, her diction and her poise, her fit of the giggles live on air made her a national treasure, with even Prince Charles thanking her for her 'Impossibly infectious giggling'! With appearances on the News Quiz and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Charlotte is a great raconteur and can still be heard on Saturday evenings reading the football result on Radio 5 Live.
Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, whose live shows are a mixture of virtuoso musicianship and breathtaking theatricality, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.
Joe has toured the world with his band and as a solo act, and works extensively on radio, having hosted BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night and his own show on JazzFM, and guested on The Now Show and The Horne Section for Radio 4. He appeared in the smash-hit musical High Society at The Old Vic and enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering acclaim and glowing reviews.
Visiting the theatre safely
As we welcome you back to the Yvonne Arnaud, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.
How we can all work together to stay safe:
- We ask that you consider others and continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt) whilst in our venue.
- Please consider your distance from others and follow the one-way system around the building.
- Please take care over handwashing. We will continue to provide hand sanitiser around the building.
- All public areas will have continue to have enhanced cleaning and regular fogging.
- All staff, performers, and volunteers will continue to be regularly tested and will wear face coverings.
We ask that whatever your views on social distancing and mask wearing, you respect everyone in the theatre and their choices.
Making a booking.
To reduce contact, tickets will only continue to only be available via email. You will not be able to collect tickets from the Box Office. If you are able to open your tickets, from your email, on your mobile phone or tablet, you can just show them to us on this device rather than printing them at home.
We are now selling all performances at full capacity, even if they were originally sold as socially distanced. You are now able to book for groups of any size and with those outside of your household.
If you would prefer not to be too close to other visitors, please contact the box office and we will do our best to recommend a performance or seats which may offer more space.
Book with confidence!
Rest assured, should you have to isolate due to Covid-19 when you are due to come to a booked event, we will happily help you out.
Where possible, we will move you to a different performance of the same show. If this isn't possible, we will give you a gift voucher for the price of your ticket, valid for 12 months from date of issue, so that you can come and see something else when your isolation is over!
Please contact the Box Office with as much notice as possible before the show to arrange this. We are unable to do this retrospectively after a show.
As is always the case, should an event be cancelled we will issue a full refund.
Whilst you are at the theatre.
We ask that if you, or any of your party, meet any of the following criteria on the day of the performance, that you do not attend:
- In the last 10 days, have developed Covid-19 symptoms.
- In the last 10 days, have tested positive for Covid-19.
- In the last 10 days, have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
- In the last 10 days, have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace system and told to self-isolate.
You are no longer required to undergo a temperature check, or to check-in on the NHS Test and Trace app.
There will be multiple hand sanitiser stations set up around the building. We ask that you continue to take care over handwashing, consider your proximity to others, and consider the safety of others and wear a face covering (unless exempt) when in our venue.
Our Café will be open before each event. We serve a range of alcoholic, hot, and soft drinks, as well as snacks and light meals. You can find out more about our food and drink offer, and view our current menu here.
We ask that you consider paying via contactless or card to help limit contact.
The cloakroom will continue to be closed. You will be able to take your belongings into the auditorium with you, but please bring the minimum number of personal items needed.