Legendary cricket commentator and broadcaster, Henry Blofeld OBE, known amongst his many fans as Blowers and famed for his plummy tones and all-round good humour, invites you to join him in a brand-new show, My Dear Old Things.
Henry will share tales of treasured moments and people, past and present, while looking ever forward to more fun and games as he returns to the crease.
His new show will be appearing at the Arts Centre in Swindon on Monday May 30th at 19.30 and tickets are on sale from £25.
In cricketing terms, Covid’s reign stopped play for a couple of seasons and confined dear old Blowers to the pavilion. However, it’s an ill wind, as they say and this enforced absence from the middle has given Henry the opportunity to spend more time with loved ones; to reconnect with his Norfolk roots and to reflect on his truly extraordinary life.
Not one to idle away the time, Henry has written two books, the latest, Ten to Win, was published in September last year and his book, Over and Out, has been shortlisted for Cricket Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards. He recorded a daily vodcast for last year’s tests and made a 90-minute film for streaming called, At Home With Henry. In these charming, honest and hilarious pieces, he shared reminiscences, cricketing memorabilia and life over the generations on the family estate.
Henry said: “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be getting back onto the stage after nearly three years! It will be a lively mixture of making The Real Marigold Hotel and almost fifty years with Test Match Special. We’ll have huge fun and I can’t wait to see you all there!”
Producer Simon Fielder said: “It’s rare that one gets the opportunity to sit in the armchair opposite a national treasure and be regaled with eye-popping anecdotes at such close quarters. Working with Blowers on At Home With Henry was enormous fun."
"Hearing his tall tales of incredible scrapes, Jamaican nights with Noel Coward and Ian Fleming and his wonderful impressions of Test Match Special commentators I had listened to from boyhood were an absolute joy. Henry is a master entertainer with the energy of a man half his age. I am really looking forward to taking him and his wealth of hilarious stories on the road. Audiences in theatres across the land are in for a real treat.”
One of Henry’s great gifts is to engage the cricket connoisseur and those who know nothing about the game alike with his enchanting personality, warmth and humour. My Dear Old Things, is an absolute treat for the cricket connoisseur and a wonderfully engaging evening for all.
The event is being run in aid of the charity, Chance to Shine, who aim to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket, you can find out more about them at chancetoshine.org.
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