Past, present and future shows from Absolutely.
Key Cast and Crew
Russ Abbot (Tommy Cooper)
Russ Abbot is today acknowledged as one of the most popular entertainers in Britain, with success across both TV and theatre.
He was recently seen playing the role of ‘Hobbo’ in the new series of BBC 1’s ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, alongside Brian Murphy (Alvin) and Burt Kwouk (Entwistle)
His theatre credits include the role of ‘Fagin’ in Cameron Macintosh’s production of Oliver at the London Palladium, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on tour and at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. Russ’ other West End theatre credits include ‘Grandpa Potts’ in the hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang immediately following a hit season as Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Other hugely successful West End runs include Neil Simon’s Little Me; Willy Russell’s One for the Road and. He starred in the title role of Dr Dolittle on tour; Russ Abbot’s Palladium Madhouse at the London Palladium and the European premiere of Goosebumps Live On Stage at the Opera House, Blackpool. He appeared to great acclaim in the West End run of Ray Cooney’s Caught In The Net with Eric Sykes and completed a national tour of the production.
He has had massive TV success with his own hugely popular series – Russ Abbot’s Madhouse (LWT, six series); The Russ Abbot Show (BBC, six series); The Russ Abbot Show (Granada TV, two series) as well as three series of September Song for Granada TV in which he starred with Michael Williams, Married For Life for Carlton TV and countless specials and other appearances. He was the voice of the narrator in the high rating children’s TV show Dream Street for ITV and he also regularly guested on BBC1 TV’s popular series TV To Go.
Harriet Walter (Gwen Cooper and The Concierge)
Dame Harriet Walter has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. Most recently seen as Livia in ‘Women Beware Women’ at the National Theatre. She played Elizabeth 1st in ‘Mary Stuart’ at the Donmar, in the West End and on Broadway, winning the Evening Standard Best Actress Award and a Tony nomination. She is an associate artist of the RSC and has played many roles with them including Cleopatra opposite Patrick Stewart and Lady Macbeth opposite Antony Sher. On film she played Fanny Dashwood in Emma Thompson’s version of ‘Sense and Sensibility”, Emily in “Atonement” and Queen Adelaide in ‘The Young Victoria”. She is also the author of the book “Other People’s Shoes” an insider’s view the business of being an actor.
Allan Corduner (Eugene Ionesco)
Allan has worked extensively in theatre in the West End and on Broadway as well as numerous roles in film and television. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy and most recently starred in the dark comedy Burke and Hare with Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg. He has recently filmed the feature Waves From Home and is about to start filming the feature Closer To The Moon with Uma Thurman.
Emily Bruni (The Actress)
In the cinema Emily most recently appeared in Stephen Frear’s ‘Tamara Drewe’ and on TV in the latest series of The Peep Show. On stage, she has performed extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently appeared in Broken Glass at the Tricycle Theatre in London. Emily gave a memorable performance in another Absolutely Radio production earlier this year playing a Harley-Davidson riding, Yoga teaching, single mum in ‘The Gobetweenies’ for BBC Radio 4 which will return next year.
Hugh Ross (Miff Ferrie)
Hugh Ross has recently been seen at Sheffield Crucible as Polonius/Gravedigger to John Simm's distinctive Hamlet, and is Christopher Soames, one of a chorus of cabinet ministers, in the eagerly awaited Iron Lady with Meryl Streep. He considers her a goddess. Hugh has also just been filming an episode of Midsomer Murders, playing a kindly Bishop, who survives that dangerous location; less luckily, he was also in Bulgaria, slain beneath the wings of a Jabberwocky."
Marilyn Imrie (Director)
...is one of the UK’s hardest working and most successful Radio Directors. Most recently she directed the recent runaway R4 comedy success starring Brian Cox Felix Dexter and Laura Solon: The Bob Servant Emails by Neil Forsyth. For BBC Radio Scotland, Sybil Law the sitcom by Charlie Dore starring Una Maclean, and Radio 4 treasures The Stanley Baxter Playhouse, with the great man himself, and the Rumpole series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West for BBC Radio 4.
Gordon Kennedy (Producer)
...has produced four series of ‘Baggage’ for Radio 4, the 90 minute Radio 3 Flann O’Brien spectacular ‘Your Only Man’, and a new Comedy drama hit for Radio 4 starring David Tennant ‘The Gobetweenies’ which will return for a second series next year, all directed by Marilyn Imrie. He has just finished producing The Very Old Pretenders, written and directed by Carl Gorham and coming to Radio 4 late night in September.
Annie Caulfield (Writer)
Award winning dramatist and travel writer Annie Caulfield last worked with Absolutely on the acclaimed 'Your Only Man', a life of Flann O'Brien with Ardal O'Hanlan, Pauline Mclyn and Dara O'Brian in the cast. Her last play for Radio 4, 'On The Field', about Iraqi personnel in Basra was reviewed as "a new High watermark in radio drama." Lenny Henry starred in her Radio 3 play about the tragic life of Paul Robeson. She's just finished a book about spending half her life in a Spanish Cave and will be out of the cave working on television projects this autumn. "The cast in Glass Chair Chair Glass were so good it made me feel a bit weepy."
Full Production Credits
Producer Gordon Kennedy
Director Marilyn Imrie
Writer Annie Caulfield
Studio The Soundhouse Studios
Studio Engineer and Editor Jerry O’Riordan
Studio Manager Alison MacKenzie
Broadcast Manager Sophie Tombling
Photographer Richard Bailey
Financial Affairs Lil Thornley
Production Company Absolutely Productions Ltd