Richard WilsonRichard Wilson, best known for his role as Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, will reprise his famous role in a special fundraising event for Sheffield Theatres on Friday 23 October.

An Evening with Richard Wilson is a unique event for Sheffield audiences. It will be directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, Daniel Evans and will bring Victor Meldrew back to life in scenes from The Trial, an episode from the fourth series of the hit comedy show.  Alongside this performance, Richard will also provide a fascinating, rich and humorous insight into his life and the highs and lows of playing Meldrew, as well as answering questions on his extensive television and theatre career.  

Richard Wilson has generously devised this event for Sheffield Theatres to support the company with its fundraising. As a charity, fundraising plays a vital role in ensuring that the Theatres can continue to produce bold and ambitious work as well as creating projects, events and activities in which everyone can participate and enjoy. Last year Sheffield Theatres produced ten revivals and two new plays, took its productions to 43 towns and cities, and enabled 25,700 young people to enjoy the work onstage thanks to subsidised tickets.

An Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres since 2010, Richard has directed several productions in Sheffield including That Face, The Pride, Lungs and Love Your Soldiers. He also performed inKrapp’s Last Tape in the Studio last year. Speaking about this special performance, he commented: ‘I think the work that Sheffield Theatres produces on stage as well as with the community is fantastic. I’m looking forward to bringing Victor Meldrew back on stage, to help the organisation raise much needed funds to continue the good work that it is so well renowned for.’

Daniel Evans, Artistic Director said: ‘We are incredibly grateful to Richard for supporting us in this way. I’m really excited to be directing Richard as Victor Meldrew, a character that is beloved by the British public. I’ve watched the scenes that he’ll be performing only last week and they’re absolutely hilarious – the audience don’t stop laughing throughout the whole thing. This is a hugely exciting event and I’m thrilled that Richard will be performing it exclusively in Sheffield.’

Following the performance, Richard will join a number of guests in the Adelphi Room for drinks and canapés. Tickets for the performance and the post show reception are priced £40. Standard tickets for the show are available priced £20 and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person or by phone on 0114 249 6000.  A transaction fee of £1.50 applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).