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Pete Allen

Speaker Topics

Entertainment & Comedy, TV, History

Locations Covered​

- South East


£75 - £150


Short Notice, 1 Month Minimum, 3 Month Minimum

Profile Bio

Pete is the Director of The RC Sherriff Trust, a charity set up through the will of the playwright and author RC Sherriff. Prior to this he was The Arts Development Officer for Elmbridge Borough Council where he was responsible for The Royston Pike Lecture Series. Previous to his work with Elmbridge Borough Council, Pete was co-founder and artistic director of Whirlygig Arts which ran CRYPT (Cranleigh Young People’s Theatre), CMYT (Chequer Mead Youth Theatre) and The Big Picture Young People’s Film Workshop. He co-founded Storm the Stage Young People’s Theatre for Mole Valley District Council and was the Director of The Together in Waddon Community Project. He has also worked extensively as a professional theatre director and film-maker.

Talk Description

Mr Garrick's Fireside; A Personal History of The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has provided entertainment for every monarch since Charles II. This talk takes a personal journey through the history of the most famous theatre in the world with tales of being the body double for the man who wrote ‘My Fair Lady’ and almost being shot by the Queen Mother’s security detail…all because of Ken Dodd.

Other Talks

Watching The Detectives: A History of British TV Crime Fighters
The Morse Code: Deciphering Britain’s Favourite Detective.
To Journey’s End; The Life of RC Sherriff
Not Coming Soon: The Greatest Movies NEVER Made
Oh No It Isn’t: A History of Pantomime (Festive Talk)
A Lasso Around the Moon; The making of Frank Capra’s ‘It’s A
Wonderful Life’ (Festive Talk)
Lights, Camera, Ho! Ho! Ho! A Surprising Celebration of Christmas
Movies (Festive Talk)
Entertaining Troops: Stories From The ‘Theatres’ of War
An Earful of Cider: A History of Musicals and How They came to
Steal the Show!
Through The Stage Door: A Dramatic History of London’s Theatres
How Now Spirit? Tingling Tales of Theatre Ghosts
How The West Was Shot: Hollywood and The Wild, Wild West.
The Road Goes Ever On and On: JRR Tolkien & The Writing of The
Lord of the Rings
On Broadway: The Life and Adventures of Damon Runyon

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