Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal to welcome Dame Harriet Walter for a special fund-raiser

Libby Purves ANL-160125-135652001

Libby Purves ANL-160125-135652001

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The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will welcome well-known actress, Dame Harriet Walter for an evening fundraiser on February 22.

Dame Harriet will be in conversation with Libby Purves and the theatre’s development manager, Emma Suckling said she was over the moon to be welcoming them both.

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Dame Harriet Walter ANL-160125-135448001

“We are over the moon that Dame Harriet Walter has agreed to come to our theatre to support our fundraising.

“It promises to be a really interesting and entertaining evening as she shares the stage with Libby Purves  - an unmissable, and intimate, evening of conversation awaits.

“Events such as this form a vital part of our year-on-year fundraising strategy and we are hugely grateful for the support we receive in order to put these on, from those such as Dame Harriet.

In the Development Department we are tasked with raising almost £200,000 each year to support the theatre which is a registered charity, both with its work on stage and in the community, and we do so through Individual Supporters including Friends and Patrons, Business Sponsorship, applications to Charitable Trusts and Fundraising events such as this one.”

Dame Harriet trained at LAMDA, Harriet and has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and radio.

She is best known on TV as Harriet Vane in the Lord Peter Wimse’y series, and more recently as DI Natalie Chandler in Law and Order: UK.

She also appeared in the most recent series of the hit series Downton Abbey.

Dame Harriet also recently took on a lead role in the upcoming BBC series London Spy opposite Ben Whishaw and is currently filming a role in Netflix’s new Stephen Daldry directed series The Crown.

Recent film roles include Saul Dibb’s Suite Francaise alongside Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas and Man Up alongside Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

She most recently appeared in the Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair.

Other film credits include Young Victoria, Atonement, Babel, Bright Young Things, Sense and Sensibility and Louis Malle’s Milou et Mai.

Harriet has also published three books, Other People’s Shoes, Macbeth for the Faber series ‘Actors on Shakespeare’ and recently a photography book Facing It: Reflections On Images Of Older Women.

Dame Harriet was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham University (2000) a CBE in 2000, and a DBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List.

Radio presenter, journalist and author, Libby Purves started as a BBC technical trainee and was the first woman presenter on Radio 4 from 1978 to 1981.

She is a Radio 4 presenter  and a writer and columnist for The Times plus various magazine. She was chief theatre critic at The Times from 2010 to 2013 and is an independent online theatre reviewer www.theatrecat.com

Libby has written 12 novels, most recently Shadow Child. Her various non-fiction books include How Not To Be A Perfect Mother and Nature’s Masterpiece.

For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org