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Richard Digance returns “home” to Hornchurch Theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 October 2015

Richard Digance.

Richard Digance.

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Few have a career that spans more than 40 years, like Richard Digance who returns to his “home from home” on October 25.

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An Evening with Richard Digance, his 18th concert at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, will entertain crowds with his trademark mix of showbiz gossip, songs and laughter.

Richard, who used to live in Gidea Park, explains that for him the concert is a homecoming.

He said: “Having played there so many times, I’ve structured the show in such a way that the first half is new material and the second half is the stuff that people who know me can have a sing song with.”

Digance, who used to work as an X-ray developer at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, started his career as a BBC comedy writer.

This led him to working with Steve Martin and the late Robin Williams, regarded by many as two of the world’s funniest people.

“I worked with Steve Martin in America,” he said. “He was a great musician, a banjo player, and the way he could control an audience was amazing.

“He was my biggest influence.”

Digance also recalls watching a nervous Robin Williams rehearsing his act before going on stage in London.

“I met Robin at a time when he had only been over one or two times for the London Palladium,” he said.

“I spoke to him before he started and he was incredibly nervous, it was so weird to see him that way.

“Yet he had the crew and me in stitches. He was an absolutely brilliant comedian, phenomenal.”

Richard has received nominations for a Bafta in television presenting, a Gold Award from the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors and a Sony Radio Award.

Made an honorary member of Status Quo, he has also played guitar with Queen’s Brian May and performed with Chris de Burgh and many others.

“Every show I did was a dream come true,” he said.

Hence why Richard likes hitting the road and coming “home”.

“I used to spend quite a lot of time at the White Hart in Hornchurch,” he said. “The audience is always fun and love a sing song.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm can be bought at the box office on 01708 443 333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk.


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