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An Evening with Dame Eileen Atkins

An Evening with Dame Eileen Atkins

Dame Eileen Atkins has been a star of the American and British stage and screen for over six decades. In that time, she has won an Emmy, a BAFTA and is a three-time Olivier Award winner; her theatre performances include The Height of the Storm, Ellen Terry, All that Fall and she has appeared in television and films ranging from Doc Martin to Cranford to The Crown.

Now, join her to celebrate the publication of her first autobiographical work, Will She Do? Act One of a Life on Stage, as she shares anecdotes about family, class, youthful ambition and big dreams, and what really goes on behind the scenes.

In conversation with Gyles Brandreth, Atkins will tell the story of a girl from a council estate in Tottenham, born in 1934 to an electric-meter reader and a seamstress, who was determined to be an actress. Candid and witty, Atkins will take the audience from her awkward performances in working-men’s clubs at six years of age as dancing ‘Baby Eileen’, through the war years in London, to her breakthrough at thirty-two on Broadway with The Killing of Sister George, for which she received the first of five Tony Award nominations.

With an eye for the absurd, a terrific knack for storytelling and an insistence on honesty, this is your opportunity to spend an entertaining and enlightening evening with the most wonderful raconteur.

Monday 18 October, 2021

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Prices include a £1.50 restoration levy.

Show Time

Running Time
1hr 50mins including one interval

Duchess Theatre

Age recommendation
Age 14+

'She is the cur’s cods, the terrier’s testicles, the business. I will go farther and declare that Atkins is the finest actor appearing in the world right now'

The late A. A. Gill

'There is something about those large eyes and that steadfast look that tells you that you are in the presence of a remarkable actor; and so it has proved in a career that has encompassed everything from Greek tragedy and Ibsen to Pinter and Albee, and that has led Atkins to be revered on both sides of the Atlantic'

Michael Billington

'For some of us she cannot be on stage enough... she makes you feel the particular thing she is doing can only be for you'

Susannah Clapp


Monday 18 October, 7.30pm

Tickets From
Prices include a £1.50 restoration levy.

Running Time
1hr 50mins including 1 interval

Duchess Theatre

Age Recommendation


Box Office Opening Hours – 12pm – 8pm

Due to Covid 19, opening hours may vary and the venue will not be open on days when there is no show.
Phone: 0330 333 4810

The Duchess Theatre opens 45 minutes before the start of each performance.

The Duchess Theatre is located on Catherine Street, near to Covent Garden in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme. Save 50% off parking with Q-Park (after 12pm and for up to 4 hours). To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park’s website.

Children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.

Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Duchess Theatre. There are also incidental bits of action in the foyer and auditorium from around 15 minutes before the show begins. For both of these reasons we recommend patrons arrive at the venue in good time. The auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to performance start time.

Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

Non-matinee days: opening at 12.30pm until 15 minutes after curtain up.

Q-Park – Chinatown or Trafalgar

Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

Bus Routes
For buses to Aldwych use: RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68