Special date with test match commentator Henry BlofeldBy Hugh Fort
May 11, 2010
Much loved cricket commentator Henry Blofeld has had a great innings on Test Match Special. Now he’s about to reveal his secrets on stage.
Hugh Fort is standing at silly mid-off
The voice of Test Match Special will bring tales from the commentary box and anecdotes from his long career to a local theatre later this week.
Henry Blofeld’s show, called An Evening With Blowers, Caught Short and Grumpy, at the Camberley Theatre on Thursday, May 13.
The show is one of 40 dates around the country and the veteran cricket commentator will tell a range of tales from his long career to the audience.
But be warned, tales about the knock of willow on wood are few and far between.
He said: “It’s not really about cricket.
“There are a few anecdotes I’ve picked up over the years, but it’s more about stories and things that have happened in my life during my career.”
One of the tales features Henry’s friendship with Ian Fleming, author of the much-loved James Bond series.
A little know fact is that Bond’s arch-enemy Stavro Blofeld is actually partially named after Henry himself.
Other stories include Henry’s long-standing friendship with Clive Dunn, better known as Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army.
The show itself is very tongue-in-cheek and Henry spends a lot of time poking fun at himself and subjects veer from intergalactic travel, to horticulture to mountaineering, so visitors can expect a range of interesting tales.
The second half of the show is a question and answer session.
He said: “It’s always very popular, it gives me a chance to have a good chat with the audience members.”
Henry has performed at Camberley before and said he hopes as many people as possible turn up to the show.
He added: “The last time I performed we had very little publicity because my agent, who is no longer my agent, didn’t do enough publicity.
“This time I very much hope to see as many people as I can.”
Henry is now 71 and is still commentating on the English cricket team, as well as the bus routes around Lords, but has no plans of stopping.
He added: “No, no, I’ll carry on going, I still love cricket and I love doing these tours.
“I’ll carry on until they fire me.”
- Tickets are £16 and £14 for concessions and are available from www.camberleytheatre.biz.