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Patron to talk on diverse career
Sunday 21st October, 2012 - Newark Town Hall ballroom
By Dawn Bond
GERALDINE McEWANGERALDINE McEWAN
A patron of the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, has been chosen to give this year’s Wolfit Lecture.
Geraldine McEwan, who is best known for her role as Miss Marple, will talk about her life and career in the ballroom of Newark Town Hall on Sunday, October 21, at 2.30pm.
The annual event, now in its 11th year, is organised by the Wolfit Endowment Fund to help raise money for young actors from the Newark area.
Organiser Tina Paris said: “We are delighted that Geraldine McEwan, a patron of our theatre, has agreed to do the talk this year as she has had a very long and varied career in theatre, film and television.”
Geraldine, who was born in 1932, started her theatrical career at the age of 14 as assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal, Windsor.
She made her first appearance on stage the same year in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Windsor.
From 1949-51 she played many parts with the Windsor Repertory Company. She made her first West End appearance at the Vaudeville Theatre in April 1951 as Christine Deed in Who Goes There!
She appeared in the award-winning productions, The Rivals, The Way Of The World and The Chairs, and starred with Kenneth Williams in the original 1965 production of Joe Orton’s Loot.
Geraldine spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
She worked many times with Sir Laurence Olivier on stage and screen, most notably in The Dance Of Death for the National Theatre at The Old Vic in 1967.
The actress made her directing debut in 1988 with the Renaissance Theatre Company’s touring season. Her staging of As You Like It featured Kenneth Branagh.
Geraldine played Mortiana in the film, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
On television she has starred in The Barchester Chronicles with Alan Rickman, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Red Dwarf and The Magdalene Sisters. She provided the voice of Miss Thripp in Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and A Matter Of Loaf And Death.
From 2004-9 she appeared as Miss Marple, the Agatha Christie sleuth, for the series Marple.
Geraldine has won many acting awards over the years including London Evening Standard awards for best actress in The Rivals and The Way Of The World and a BAFTA for Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
Tickets for the Wolfit Lecture, priced £10, are available by calling Tina on 01636 892748.
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