Live Encounter: Dame Sheila Hancock
Continuing our popular series of Live Encounters, we are delighted to welcome legendary actor Dame Sheila Hancock for an insightful conversation with our Artistic Director, Jack McNamara about her illustrious achievements.
Sheila’s extensive career has ranged from the original West End casts of Sweeney Todd, Annie and Sister Act to being the first Woman Artistic Director of the RSC’s tour; from playing Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard at the Royal National Theatre to Celebrity Gogglebox; and from Senna Pod in Carry on Cleo to winning an Olivier Award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret.
On screen her most recent work includes the BBC drama The Sixth Commandment and ITV’s Unforgotten. She climbed a mountain for her title role in the feature film Edie, and navigated the UK’s canals with Gyles Brandreth in Ch4’s Great Canal Journeys.
Sheila was awarded Author of the Year for her autobiography The Two of Us which she followed with Just Me; and then, aged 81, with her debut novel Miss Carter's War. Her latest book Old Rage came out in paperback recently and she is a monthly columnist for Prospect magazine. She is a Trustee of the John Thaw Foundation, and Vice President of St Christopher’s Hospice, and was awarded a DBE for services to Drama and Charity in 2021.
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