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On The Big Green Sofa with Mary Nightingale: a conversation with Sir Lenny Henry

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Monday 6 February 2017

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Sir Lenny Henry

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As part of the winter programme, actor, entertainer and campaigner Sir Lenny Henry joins Mary Nightingale in our series of conversations in which the ITV journalist and broadcaster talks to eminent people from the creative world.

Lenny is renowned as a comedian, actor, writer and producer across TV, film, theatre and radio with a career spanning more than four decades. His theatre work includes the title role in Shakespeare’s Othello at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2009 and as Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors at the NT in 2011 – 2012. Lenny also appeared in the stage version of his BBC Radio 4 show, Rudy’s Rare Records, and in Educating Rita at the Chichester Festival Theatre. His music documentary series, Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues aired on Sky Arts last year, and he is currently filming series 3 of Broadchurch. In 2017 Lenny will make his Donmar Warehouse debut as Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Lenny was recently honoured with a knighthood for his work with Comic Relief, which he co-founded in 1985. Throughout his career, Lenny has championed BAME actors and he continues to campaign for a sea-change in the industry’s approach to diversity.

This event is produced by Roger James Elsgood working with the Academicians’ Room team. Doors open at 7pm and the talk will start at 7.45pm.

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Monday 6 February 2017


The Academicians’ Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts

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