Man behind the smile takes tour through illustrious career
COUNT Arthur Strong may not have graced our television screens since the 1960s, but he'll be treading the boards next week for a tour through his illustrious showbiz career.
Well, at least he has all intentions of doing so. In fact, the self-aggrandising raconteur has a tendency to forget where he is, while bemusing his audiences with rambling tales of a glittering life now long past. The fictional retired entertainer, pictured right, is actually the creation of comedian Steve Delaney who created The Count as a drama student in the 1980s.
Although Steve initially found work as an actor, he resurrected the character for a series of well-received Edinburgh Fringe performances.
Success followed with a series on BBC Radio 4, recorded in front of a live audience in Brighton and Bath.
And such is his popularity that Steve has finally won the recognition which his alter-ego so desperately craves – picking up the title of Best Radio Comedy of 2009 in the Sony GOLD awards.
Count Arthur Strong: The Man Behind The Smile is at the Regent Theatre on Friday, January 15 at 7.30pm.
Telephone the box office on 0844 871 7627 for tickets and further information.