Cheryl Knight to Bring TURN BACK THE CLOCK to Charing Cross Theatre, 1 June
Cheryl Knight's acclaimed show, Turn Back the Clock, A selection of songs & monologues by Joyce Grenfell plays the Charing Cross Theatre for one performance only.
Joyce Grenfell (10 February 1910 - 30 November 1979) is well known, loved and best remembered for her monologues, songs, and comic writings. As a writer at the BBC during and just after the war, she collaborated with Stephen Potter in writing the How series of 30 satirical programmes from How to Talk to Children to How to Listen. Her first stage performance was in the revue Light and Shade in 1939 at the Little Theatre, London. She performed in a number of other revues in the West End before joining ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) and going on tours to entertain troops stationed in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. After the War she continued to star in revues working with celebrities such as Noel Coward and Max Adrian. Her first solo act was called Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure (1954) at the Fortune and St Martin's Theatre, which she eventually took to the USA. She was an accomplished actress and starred in many well-known films, including the St Trinian's along with George Cole, Alastair Sims and Frankie Howerd. She continued to perform her monologues and songs until the late 1960's.
Turn Back the Clock includes many of Joyce Grenfell's more delicate and poignant pieces. This gem of nostalgia from the golden age of revue is suitable for all ages, all will delight in the truthful, funny and moving characters. Older audiences will enjoy the evocation of one of the greatest female entertainers of the twentieth century while fresh faces will tune into the current trend for vintage revival.
Cheryl created Turn Back the Clock to celebrate Joyce Grenfell's centenary year. After a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, she has continued to tour the show nationwide to great acclaim. Cheryl recently appeared on Radio 4's Midweek, performing an excerpt from the production and discussing her dual life as an actress and supervisor of the shoe department at the Royal Opera House.
This performance marks the official West End debut of Turn Back the Clock and also the realisation of an idea first suggested 64 years ago in July 1940 that Joyce Grenfell should appear on the stage of the Players Theatre, the precursor to the Charing Cross Theatre.