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An Evening with Lenny Henry – Who Am I Again
11 November 2019 @ 7.30pm to 9.30pm
About An Evening with Lenny Henry - Who Am I Again at New Theatre, Oxford
The legendary Sir Lenny Henry will embark on a brand new UK tour this autumn. Following the October publication of his memoir, Lenny will travel the length, breadth and width of the country with An Evening with Lenny Henry – Who Am I, Again?
In part one of the show, Lenny will take the audience through a jam session of stories both funny and sad – triggered when writing his memoir – from growing up in the Black Country, puberty, school, friendship, family secrets and unashamed racism. With his mother’s mantra of ‘H’integration’ echoing in his ears, Lenny will recount setting out on his roller-coaster ride of a career – but at every stage wondering: Am I good enough? Is this what they want?
In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by a friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career. Come and enjoy these honest and tender stories, told with a glorious sense of humour and help Lenny figure out ‘Who Am I Again?’
Lenny said: “I’m looking forward to travelling around and telling these stories. Writing the book was a huge feat and I’m very proud of it – I can’t wait to share more stories and fun about growing up in the Midlands, my early days in the clubs, pubs and discotheques and of course working on Tiswas, Three of a Kind and The Lenny Henry Show. The show promises to be an evening of memories, laughter and fun – I can’t wait to get started.”
Monday 11 November - 7:30 pm
About the book Lenny Henry - Who Am I Again?
The heart-breaking, inspirational (and very funny) story of the man who overcame so much, and won a very special place in a nation's heart.
In his long-awaited autobiography, Sir Lenny Henry tells the extraordinary story of his early years and sudden rise to fame.
Born soon after his Jamaican parents had arrived in the Midlands, Lenny was raised as one of seven siblings in a boisterous working household, and sent out into the world with his mum's mantra of 'H'integration! H'integration! H'integration!' echoing in his ears.
But 1970s Britain was a hard place and a bewildering experience for a lone black teenager. A natural ability to make people laugh came in handy. At school, it helped subdue the daily racist bullying. In the park, it led to lifelong friendships and occasional snogs.
Soon, it would put him on stage at working men's clubs and Black Country discotheques -before an invitation to a TV audition changed his life forever.
'A proper delight to read: honest, revealing, human, and always, at its heart, funny.' - Neil Gaiman
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
About New Theatre Oxford
There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 170 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1934, the third New Theatre opened. The theatre has been owned by several different companies and undergone several name changes. It is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and hosts everything from ballet and opera to musicals.
On performance days, the Box Office opens at 12:00 noon and closes 15 minutes after show start. If there is a performance on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, Box Office will open 2 hours before show start, and close 15 minutes after the show start.
There is a large air-conditioned bar with seating located below the Stalls foyer, two furhter bars in the Circle Foyer and one at the back of the balcony. All stocked with an array of drinks and snacks. There is a cloakroom located in the stalls bar. If this is closed please speak to a member of staff. £1 per item. It is free to ATG Theatre Card memebers.