Joan Collins returns to the W/E with One Night With Joan
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
JOAN Collins is returning to the West End with her acclaimed one woman show, One Night With Joan, to share more stories and secrets of her celebrated life and career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing actresses.
The show plays at Leicester Square Theatre for just six performances between Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 28, 2013 (for details see below).
Joan Collins will take to the stage with honesty, style and grace and with the same engaging wit and frankness that turned her two memoirs, Past Imperfect and Second Act, into international best-sellers. Among the many confidences, she tells of the ups and downs of her career and screens rare and often hilarious film footage from her life.
It’s a chance to hear first hand about her screen test for Cleopatra and why she lost the role to Elizabeth Taylor, her on-set encounters with the formidable Bette Davis and many others including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Paul Newman and Richard Burton; and, of course, her relationships!
Other highlights of the evening are outtakes and her legendary bitch-fights with Linda Evans in Dynasty. The evening also includes a question and answer session with the chance to ask her anything you’ve always wanted to know about her amazing life.
Joan Collins has appeared in more than 118 feature films and TV shows, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have sold over 50 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 30 languages. She is a regular diarist for The Spectator and a contributor to The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
On stage, Joan Collins has performed on Broadway, in the West End, and in national tours in the UK and North America. She is recognised world-wide as a fashion connoisseur of timeless beauty, and is a brand ambassador and spokeswoman for top cosmetic, health and beauty companies.
On the humanitarian front, Joan Collins is devoted to the well-being of women, children and families and regularly lends her support and celebrity to causes that include finding a cure for breast cancer and empowering children with learning disabilities. She is also a commited patron of Shooting Star/Chase Hospice for Children.
She is married to Theatrical Manager Percy Gibson, and they live between their homes in Los Angeles, London, New York and the South of France. In 1997, she received an OBE for her lifetime contribution to the arts and her continuing charity work.
Presented by Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatre Ltd (LIAT), One Night with Joan is directed by Percy Gibson and designed by Oliver Sones.
Tickets: £30 to £45 – available from the box office on 08448 733433 or online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.
Dates: Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, Sunday, April 14, Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28.
Time: 7.30pm (all six shows).
One Night With Joan will also tour to nine theatres: Saturday, April 6, Royal & Derngate, Northampton; Sunday, April 7, The Swan, High Wycombe; Tuesday, April 16, G Live, Guildford; Wednesday, April 17, Orchard Theatre, Dartford; Friday, April 19, The Anvil, Basingstoke; Saturday, April 20, Town Hall, Birmingham; Sunday, April 21, The Lowry, Salford; Tuesday, April 23, The Arena, St Albans; and Wednesday, April 24, The Pavilion, Bournemouth.