Free Event: Tom Priestley at the Liverpool Playhouse

Tom Priestley will be on stage at the Liverpool Playhouse at 4.45pm on Saturday 16 May for a free talk where he will be discussing and answering questions on his father J.B. Priestley’s life, work and plays; including When We Are Married, currently running at the theatre.

Tom Priestley and his father, J.D. Priestley

Tom will also be talking about English Journey, his father’s book celebrating a journey he made through England in 1933. The book is due to be re-published in July with a new introduction from Tom. He will discuss the book and read a short extract from it about his father’s time in Liverpool including his opinion of the Liverpool Playhouse at the time:

Its director, my friend William Armstrong, considers himself – probably with some truth – the busiest man in the city, for he is always watching one play, producing another, and making plans for the production of two more. His, I suppose, is the best repertory company in the kingdom; no other, except perhaps Birmingham in its heyday, has sent so many brilliant young actors and actresses to the West End

(Extract from J.B. Priestley’s English Journey.)

There will also be a chance to ask Tom questions about English Journey, his father’s life and career and also his opinion of the new critically acclaimed production of When We Are Married at the Liverpool Playhouse which Tom will be watching during his visit to the city.

Tom Priestley’s talk will commence at 4.45pm on Saturday 16 May in the Liverpool Playhouse auditorium. Tickets are free but must be reserved from the Liverpool Playhouse Box Office either in person or on the phone – 0151 709 4776.

The new edition of J.B. Priestley’s English Journey is due to be published by Great Northern Books on 13th July 2009, it is available to pre-order now on their website or by calling 01274 735056.

Several J.B. Priestley’s books and play collections are also available to buy from the theatre on the day of the talk.

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