We have an ongoing obsession, here at More. Whatever happened to the Likely Lass? Sheila Fearn is the Leicester-born actress who played Audrey in the Geordie sitcom. Having forged a film career that took in A Kind of Loving, Time Bandits and The Beatles' flick, A Hard Day's Night, and found small-screen stardom in the Likely Lads, George and Mildred and Ronnie Corbett's Sorry!, she turned her back on acting in the late 1980s.
Since then? Nowt, although there are plenty of people on the internet (men of a certain age, chiefly) as puzzled as us as to what happened next.
For that reason alone, we might hang around at the stage door at Curve tonight.
People is a critically-acclaimed riotous new comedy from Alan Bennett, and the National Theatre touring production ends its Leicester run this evening.
The cast includes the venerable thesp Sian Phillips, Doc Martin star Selina Cadell and... Brigit Forsyth, who played Bob's wife, Thelma, in the Likely Lads.
Perhaps she'll know more, if we wait politely and ask nicely.
Anyway, People is well worth a night out even if you're not a potential Sheila stalker.
The Times called it wonderfully funny. The Daily Telegraph said it's provocative fun. The Guardian reckoned it confirms Bennett's peculiar gift for blending the satiric and the elegiac.
There are performances at 2.15pm and 7.30pm.
there's a world premiere at Curve to boot: David Rudkin's The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, adapted from his award-winning Radio Three play.
It's a character study which explores the ideas behind some of the greatest creations by one of cinema's finest minds.
Martin Miller leads the cast as Alfred Hitchcock. Playing Hitchcock's wife, Alma, and also his mother, Emma, is Roberta Kerr, who is best known for playing Wendy Crozier in Corrie.
The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock is a joint production with the New Perspectives Theatre Company, staged to mark the theatre's fifth birthday.
It opened last night and runs until October 5, before heading off on a national tour.
meanwhile, down at the National Theatre itself, Nicholas Hytner's production of Othello stars Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear. It's broadcast to the Phoenix at 7.30pm tonight. And if you're interested in this flurry of plays beamed to cinemas, see pages 12&13.
we're running out of room. Deep breath: Leicester City v Barnsley at the King Power, this afternoon; bearded blues-rockers The Temperance Movement at the O2 tonight; James Campbell's comedy for kids at Loughborough Town Hall this afternoon; Andre Vincent and more at Just the Tonic tonight; and Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller- endorsed Mancunians Twisted Wheel at the Soundhouse. Phew.
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