No Cunning Plan
Tony Robinson is most famous for playing the role of Baldrick in Blackadder but he made his first professional appearance at the age of 13 in the original stage version of Oliver! and went on to appear with the Chichester Festival Theatre, the RSC and the National Theatre.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though. Along the way he was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a stinking London dock by John Wayne. He also entertained us with Maid Marion and Her Merry Men (which he wrote and starred in) and coped manfully when locked naked outside a theatre in Lincoln during the live tour of comedy series Who Dares Wins. He presented Time Team for 20 years, watching countless gardens ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology, and risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History.
Tony Robinson returns to Bristol (his home for many years) in a funny, self-deprecating and entertaining look back at how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom to the comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.
Tony Robinson’s talk will be followed by a Q&A with Festival of Ideas Director, Andrew Kelly. There will also be a book signing in the Backstage Bar afterwards.
Image credit Paul Marc Mitchell.