Dame Harriet Walter to journey from a galaxy far, far away to Bury St Edmunds theatre

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Dame Harriet Walter ANL-160125-135448001

Hot on the heels of her blockbuster appearance in Star Wars, Dame Harriet Walter is heading to Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal.

In a real coup for the venue, the acclaimed actress will take to the stage for a conversation with author and presenter Libby Purves in an evening fund-raiser on February 22.

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Libby Purves ANL-160125-135652001

Emma Suckling, the theatre’s development manager, said: “We’re over the moon that Dame Harriet has agreed to come to our theatre to support our fund-raising.

“It promises to be a really interesting and entertaining evening as she shares the stage with Libby Purves - an unmissable, and intimate, evening of conversation awaits.”

Eagle eyed Star Wars fans would have recently seen Dame Harriet in The Force Awakens in a cameo appearance as Dr Kalonia, who tends to the wounds of an injured Chewbacca.

She also played a leading role in the acclaimed BBC series London Spy opposite Ben Wishaw and was Lady Shackleton in Downton Abbey.

She is best known on TV as Harriet Vane in the Lord Peter Wimsey series and is filming a role a in new Netflix series The Crown.

Meanwhile, radio presenter, journalist and author Libby Purves started as a BBC technical trainee and was the first woman presenter on Radio 4 from 1978 to 1981.

She is a Radio 4 presenter and a writer and columnist for The Times.

Libby has written 12 novels most recently Shadow Child.

Emma Suckling added: “In the development department we are tasked with raising almost £200,000 each year to support the theatre which is a registered charity, both with its work on stage and in the community, and we do so through individual supporters including friends and patrons, business sponsorship, applications to charitable trusts and fund-raising events such as this one.”

For tickets and further details contact the Theatre Royal box office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org