Review: An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, June 21.
Sir Michael Parkinson celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year and is still as sharp as a tack when it comes to entertaining an audience.
In this show Parky is in conversation with his youngest son, also Michael, and as they joke you are getting two Michael Parkinson’s for the price of one.
Michael Jnr guides his father through a retrospective of his long career in journalism, TV and radio, starting in the 1960’s when he was a young reporter in South Yorkshire, then moving on to early television days with Granada and then of course the BBC.
The evening mainly concentrated on his chat show, which ran from 1971 to 1982 and then again 1998 to 2007.
His many stories are interspersed with TV clips and it’s then you get a scale of the major names Parkinson has interviewed. All the big Hollywood stars graced his stage, all but Frank Sinatra, the one who got away according to Parky.
He spoke of his love of interviewing women rather than men, how much he enjoyed the company of comedians and of course some of the great minds and fascinating characters he encountered.
The evening wrapped up with some questions from the appreciative and enthusiastic audience and his most famous clip of all.
He may have interviewed the great and the good but Parky fully admits he will always be remembered for being attacked by that emu.