"Anne Reid's only regret is that she did not do cabaret
years ago. That she is now, with such captivating results, is cause
to rejoice." Classical Source
"An absolutely joyful evening….highly recommended." Gay Times
Anne Reid is one of Britain's most-loved and respected actors, star of the very popular Last Tango in Halifax, Ladies of Letters, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street. What is less well known is her life as a cabaret performer.
Following her sell out debut shows at The Crazy Coqs in 2013, she returns with her show IN A NEW KEY, a beautifully crafted programme of song, nostalgia and humour. Telling backstage stories of the vagaries of touring, meeting the Royal family, playing in Dr Who with David Tennant and describing the eccentricities of her fellow performers, Anne sings songs and ballads from a varied assortment of songwriters ranging from Billy Joel, Don McLean, Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Harnick and Diana Morgan, all the way to Hoagy Carmichael, and Johnny Mercer.
Ever since she was memorably electrocuted by a hair dryer in the early days of Coronation Street, Anne Reid has been a familiar figure to audiences everywhere in her many roles on television, stage and screen. Only recently has she branched out into musicals, with roles in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at the Royal Opera House and Cole Porter's Out of This World in Chichester. Reid, whose voice is perhaps more Mary Martin than Ethel Merman, is as versatile a cabaret artist as she is an actress and with timing that is the equal of any stand-up comic's.
Anne is accompanied by her musical director and award-winning pianist Stuart Hutchinson.