Carry On star Hattie Jacques inspires stage show

Becoming Hattie at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on April 2. Photo: D&M Photography
Becoming Hattie at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on April 2. Photo: D&M Photography

A witty and nostalgic show will take a look at the prolific Carry On star Hattie Jacques and one woman’s quest to become her heroine...

The drama begins in the year 1974 when eight-year old Jo is snuggled up on the settee idly glancing at the telly, when there, on the screen, is a woman unlike anyone Jo has ever seen on TV. Jo knows, in that moment, that the woman before her is like the woman she herself will become. That woman is Hattie Jacques.

Forty years later, and Jo has followed Hattie’s footsteps; she too is an actress, but why does she only get cast as the nurse, never the surgeon?Why is she too fat to play Lady Macbeth? Why does she have a cupboard full of tabards? Could it be that nothing changed for women like Jo since Hattie did Carry On?

Becoming Hattie is a one-woman show which celebrates the unique talents of the comedy icon and combines it with a funny and edgy ‘calling out’ of all the obstacles and lazy stereotyping of larger women by the media.

You can catch Becoming Hattie at Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre on Saturday, April 2, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £16 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk