The poster advertising Alan Titchmarsh’s appearance at The Kenton Theatre, Henley early next year is a reminder of the man’s versatility. ‘Alan Titchmarsh: Author, Presenter, Gardener, Thespian’ is billed as an evening where the Yorkshire star will draw on anecdotes and reminiscences from his many different careers.
Titchmarsh should be at home in the theatre and is looking forward to revealing how his passion for the stage “set him up for life”.
Theatregoers might be more familiar with his role as a green-fingered broadcaster. He was the horticulture expert on the TV show Nationwide and went on to present Pebble Mill at One. He didn’t have far to go to fulfil presenting duties as host of Gardeners’ World, as the BBC Show was filmed in his own back garden. Ground Force also kept him on British TV screens as he worked with colleagues Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh. One memorable episode featured him giving a makeover to Nelson Mandela’s garden.
Titchmarsh has also turned his hand to writing surprisingly steamy romantic novels as well as releasing autobiographical work, such as Trowel & Error and Nobbut A Lad: A Yorkshire Childhood. As he is arguably Yorkshire’s third most famous living son (after Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Parkinson) and is inevitably proud of the beautiful countryside where he grew up.
He is also sure to be a fan of South Oxfordshire, which has sights including the eight acres of ornamental gardens at Waterperry and Wallingford Castle Gardens.
Alan Titchmarsh: Author, Presenter, Gardener, Thespian: The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames, February 24th.