BBC Cricket Legends Share their Memories at Richmond's Theatre
Friday, Sep 21, 2012
BBC cricket legends Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter will be bringing their brand new humorous show detailing their exploits in the commentary box to the Georgian Theatre Royal later this month.
For the first time in public, Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter will spend an evening in prestigious theatres wowing the crowds with hilarious tales from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box.
Henry Blofeld, OBE, is one of international cricket's best loved broadcasters. His immediately recognisable voice and ability to paint pictures with words have been in demand all over the world since the 1970s. At 72, he is still on the Test Match Special Team and he broadcast from Lords and Trent Bridge in May this year.
Peter Baxter was the Producer of BBC Test Match Special from 1973 to 2007. He was frequently part of the commentary team and whilst he enjoyed many amusing moments over the years, being locked out of the ground by the grounds man at Galle, in Sri Lanka, in 2001 was not one of them. He and BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew eventually watched the action from a nearby fort!
Henry Blofeld said: "Test Match Special is as much fun to be part of in the commentary box as most people seem to think it is to listen to. But, in the box itself there are two different perspectives and with Blowers and Backers on stage they will both come together with, we hope, gales of laughter.
"Backers produced the show for 34 years, for all of which he was my boss. He brings the 'behind-the-scenes' adventures he had in the production process to join my in-front-of-the-microphone stories and high jinks. Our blend of stories about TMS at home and abroad will be hilarious and Backers had better watch it as now, at long last, he is no longer my boss!"
Peter Baxter added: "Test Match Special has always been like a family - and the listeners are part of that family. And like all families, there are so many stories of the characters in it. The two of us have been having a lot of fun talking about all the funny things that have happened during our 35 years together on the programme and we're really looking forward to sharing that fun with audiences round the country."
A total of twenty UK shows are planned this year and these will appeal to all cricket fans, both young and old alike. Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter will be at the Georgian Theatre Royal on Saturday 29th September at 7:30pm. Early booking is strongly recommended.