Sir Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson

 The star of TV’s Blackadder and Time Team, Sir Tony Robinson, is heading to Rhondda Cynon Taf tonight (Monday, June 10) as part of the 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy. 

Join him for an intimate evening at Treorchy Comprehensive School, when he will be discussing his many exploits, endeavours, political views and his current work projects.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is once again working with the organisers and supporting the month long event. The 2019 RAFT Festival takes place in and around Treorchy from June 7 to 30 - and beyond - with the main festival weekend taking place on June 28-30.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Tony Robinson to our County Borough as part of this year’s Rhondda Arts Festival.

“He is a television legend who has had a glittering career in entertainment, and has even starred alongside John Wayne in one of his many Hollywood movies.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf is filled with an amazing wealth of artistic flair and talent and RAFT 2019 is helping to promote this to a much wider audience.

“The fact that organisers have attracted such big names, including Sir Tony, Omid Djalili and Kerry Ellis, to the event again this year is testament to the high regard that the Rhondda and indeed the wider County Borough is held in across the entertainment, arts and cultural circles.”

Also among this year’s headline acts are West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis and the award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili.

Born in London in 1946, Sir Tony Robinson’s first professional appearance was at the age of 13 in the original stage version of the musical Oliver, which was followed by numerous shows, films and TV appearances as a child actor, before moving on to adult roles at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and more.

Now widely known as an actor, comedian, author, presenter and political activist, over the past few decades he has emerged as Britain’s foremost face of popular history, created a worldwide comedy icon, become an award-winning writer of children’s books and television programmes and achieved the ultimate accolade of a Knighthood in 2013.

He has presented 20 series of Channel 4’s archaeology series Time Team, appeared in BBC’s Blackadder TV series as Rowan Atkinson’s famous sidekick Baldrick, written and starred in Maid Marian & Her Merry Men, made two series of The Worst Jobs In History, three series of Walking Through History, and the highly-acclaimed documentary about the elderly entitled Me And My Mum.

His incredibly diverse career has seen him presenting the children’s TV show Play Away, appearing in in the award-winning Horizon documentary Joey and playing alongside movie legend John Wayne in the film Brannigan.

In the past few years he has made Tony Robinson’s Coast To Coast, Britain’s Greatest Cathedrals, two series of Britain’s Ancient Tracks, and played Daddy in two series of Man Down, with Greg Davies.  

But it is his portrayal of Baldrick in the British historical sitcom Blackadder which has seen him achieve legendary status, with the endearing catchprase “I have a cunning plan.” 

His autobiography No Cunning Plan was published in 2016 and he has extensively toured his one-man stage show Tony Robinson’s Cunning Night Out, including a series of sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Festival.

An Evening With Sir Tony Robinson, as part of the 2019 Rhondda Arts Festival, takes place at Treorchy Comprehensive School on Monday, June 10 (7.15pm). Book Now  

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Posted on Monday 10th June 2019

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