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Romford audiences invited to spend an evening with well-known comedy actor Jeffrey Holland

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 26 June 2018

Jeffrey Holland is coming to Brookside Theatre in Romford. Picture: Michael Wharley.

Jeffrey Holland is coming to Brookside Theatre in Romford. Picture: Michael Wharley.

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Brookside Theatre promises an entertaining evening of stories and hilarious anecdotes in the company of one of the nation’s greatest comedy actors.

Jeffrey Holland is coming to Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road to share his life story of working for more than 50 years in the entertainment industry.

The well-known English actor and comedian is probably best known for his portrayals of Spike in BBC TV’s Hi-De-Hi! and stuffy footman, James Twelvetrees in the hugely successful, You Rang M’Lord.

He told the Recorder: “It’s basically an evening with me talking about myself. It’s a review of my life and career because I’ve now been in the business for 51 years.

“It’s the story of how I started out, how I got going and the highlights in my career.”

The second half of the evening will take the form of a question and answer session.

“People often ask me what was it like to work with Su Pollard, well the answer is she was quite potty,” said Jeffrey.

“They also always ask me how I manage to learn all of my lines. But it’s just something that I do, I don’t think about it.”

Jeffrey’s other television credits include Dixon of Dock Green, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Are You Being Served? Dad’s Army and Russ Abbot’s Madhouse.

“[The industry has] changed a great deal. When I started my career in the 1980s there were only three channels on the TV and now there are hundreds,” said Jeffrey.

“I started doing theatre reparatory, which meant that I used to a different play every three weeks.

It really was hard work back then.”

The well-known actor who has performed in 44 pantomimes and in several West End productions, said that performing in live theatre is his favourite medium.

“I think I prefer live theatre because you can get a great buzz from it. It’s the most immediate and exciting form of entertainment,” he added.

“When you’re on stage, it’s just you, the audience and adrenaline.”

Jeffrey kindly agreed to do the show to help raise money for the Brookside Theatre Seating Appeal.

He added: “We need theatres and Brookside is a wonderful theatre. They have got some very ambitious projects for a small theatre.”

An Audience with Jeffrey Holland will be taking place on Saturday, June 30 at 8pm.

To book tickets call 01708 755775.

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