Star inspires theatre show
10:30am Wednesday 9th May 2012 in Leisure
HOW did a shy Welsh minister’s daughter become a booze-soaked, foul-mouthed, fading Hollywood star?
The fascinating story of the outrageous actress Rachel Roberts, wife of Rex Harrison, is tackled by playwright and Welsh BAFTA-winning actress Helen Griffin, in the latest production from the Torch Theatre Company.
Directed by Peter Doran and co-written with actor/playwright Dave Ainsworth, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts kicks off the Torch’s brand new season of drama and is coming to Theatr Elli, Llanelli, this Thursday, May 10, at 7.30pm From her modest upbringing as the daughter of a Baptist Minister in Llanelli, Rachel Roberts studied acting at RADA and went on to win two Evening Standard best actress awards, three BAFTAs and was Oscarnominated twice.
A volatile thrill-seeker known for her shows of anti-social behaviour, an appearance on the Russell Harty TV chat show was so drunkenly chaotic that it ended in Rachel being dragged offstage – and the tapes destroyed!
Despite these outbursts however, Rachel Roberts was still able to function as a serious actress.
Tickets for the show are available from the box office by ringing 0845 226 3510 or at www.theatrausirgar.