Tristan Bates Theatre

Off The Record - Jennifer Saunders & Samantha Spiro

Fri 2 March
Standard tickets: £25


We are excited to welcome Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro to the Tristan Bates Theatre for our second OFF THE RECORD of the season as they appear together in LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN at the Vaudeville Theatre.

These discussions focus on career stories, processes and look at what happens behind the screen and stage to make the shows we experience so successful. 

Jennifer Saunders 

Jennifer Saunders is one half of the comedy duo French and Saunders and an original member of The Comic Strip.  She also wrote and starred in Absolutely Fabulous, which has won numerous awards including an International Emmy, 2 BAFTAs, a Writers Guild Award, 2 Royal Television Society Awards, A People’s Choice Award, and 4 British Comedy Awards.  Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie was released in the Summer of 2016.

Jennifer also co-wrote and acted in Girls on Top, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle and Jam and Jerusalem.

Other television credits include Blandings, Josh, Stick Man, The Boy In The Dress, This Is Jinsy, Dead Boss, Friends and wrote and starred in many of the 69 Comic Strip films.

Jennifer has voiced characters in feature films Sing, The Minions, and played the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2, and has recently recorded an episode of The Simpsons.

French and Saunders have toured UK theatres on three occasions, and starred together in Me and Mamie O’Rourke in the West End over 20 years ago.

Jennifer's autobiography, "Bonkers: My Life in Laughs" was published in October 2013.

In 2009, French and Saunders were honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship. 


Samantha Spiro

Samantha trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre credits include: THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN (Chichester Festival Theatre); GUYS AND DOLLS (Phoenix Theatre, West End); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Sonia Friedman Productions/Noël Coward Theatre); DI AND VIV AND ROSE (Vaudeville Theatre); KAFKA’S DICK (Theatre Royal Bath); MACBETH (Shakespeare’s Globe); THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Shakespeare’s Globe); FILUMENA (Almeida Theatre); COMPANY (Sheffield Crucible); CHICKEN SOUP WITH BARLEY Nominated for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2011; Nominated for the Best Actress In A Play Award, Awards 2012 (Royal Court Theatre); HELLO DOLLY Winner of Best Actress in a Musical, Olivier Awards 2010 (Regents Park); MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Regents Park); TWELFTH NIGHT (Donmar Warehouse/Wyndham’s Theatre); FUNNY GIRL (Chichester Festival Theatre); THE FAMILY PLAYS (Royal Court Theatre); TWO THOUSAND YEARS (Royal National Theatre); A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Joseph Jefferson Awards 2004 (Chicago Shakespeare’s Theatre); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Crucible, Sheffield); BEDROOM FARCE (Aldwych West End); MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Winner of Best Actress in a Musical, Olivier Awards 2001. Winner of Best Actress in a Musical, Awards 2001 (Donmar Warehouse); AS YOU LIKE IT (Crucible/Lyric); JUMPERS (Birmingham Rep); CLEO, CAMPING, EMMANUELLE AND DICK (Royal National Theatre); ROOTS (Watford Palace/Oxford); AS YOU LIKE IT (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Bristol Old Vic); TEECHERS (Hull Truck/No 1 Tour); ON THE PISTE (Hull Truck); HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES (Theatre Royal, Windsor); GLYN & ‘IT’ (Yvonne Arnaud/Tour); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (London Stage Group, Middle East Tour); TONS OF MONEY (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); 

Television credits include: PORTERS (Dancing Ledge Productions/Dave); DOC MARTIN (ITV); TRACEY BREAKS THE NEWS (BBC); DOCTOR WHO (BBC); BABS (BBC); CARNAGE (BBC); GAME OF THRONES Series 6 (HBO); PLEBS Series 3 (Rise Films/ITV2); TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW Series 1 & 2 (BBC); LONDON SPY (Working Title/BBC); THE WRONG MANS Series 2 (BBC); BAD EDUCATION Series 2 (Tiger Aspect); PSYCHOBITCHES Series 1 & 2 (Tiger Aspect); PANTO! (ITV); REBECCA FRONT’S LITTLE CRACKER: RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS (Tiger Aspect/Sky 1); PSYCHOBITCHES (Tiger Aspect/Sky Arts); GRANDMA’S HOUSE Series 1 & 2 Winner of Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist, British Comedy Awards 2010 (Tiger Aspect); ROCK & CHIPS (BBC); AFTER YOU’VE GONE (BBC); COUPLING (Hartswood Films); M.I.T. (Thames); COLD FEET (Granada); T.V GO HOME (Channel 4); NOBLE & SILVER (Channel 4); THE BILL (Thames Television).

Film credits include: ME BEFORE YOU (MGM/New Line Cinema); A RUNNING JUMP (Thin Man Films); TOMORROW LA SCALA! (Home movies Ltd); FROM HELL (20th Century Fox); COR BLIMEY (Company Films); BEYOND BEDLAM (Metrodome Films).




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