Tenbury audiences are in for a real treat on Sunday as The Regal welcomes one of the country’s national treasures, actress and singer, Dame Patricia Routledge. The star of the long running Keeping Up Appearances and Hettie Wainthrop Investigates brings her unique style of warmth, energy and wit with her live show Facing The Music.

It is still one of the best kept secrets in show business that Patricia Routledge trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre, both in this country and in the United States of America.

Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical Darling of the Day and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

Her one woman show Come for the Ride toured the UK in 1988 and in 1992 she played Nettie Fowler in the highly acclaimed production of Carousel at the National Theatre. In 1998 she was honoured with the Gold Badge of Merit by the Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

In this fascinating live show with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, Dame Patricia recalls this very special part of her career with access to some rare and treasured recordings.

Writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson is chief classical music critic of The Independent newspaper and a founder member of The ArtsDesk.com. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio3 show Stage and Screen where he interviewed many of the biggest names in the business.

Theatre manager Adey Ramsel said: “We are honoured and excited to welcome Dame Patricia Routledge to Tenbury Wells for this unique live event.”

Dame Patricia Routledge will appear for one show only on Sunday, October 21 at 2.30pm at The Regal, Tenbury Wells. To book, visit regaltenbury.co.uk or call 01584 811442.