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Good Monday Morning everybody!
Yes it’s the start of the week, I am up and at it, and ready to get stuck in to another week of madness in the world of AP…
But first, here’s the rest of what I’ve been up to over the past couple of weeks.
I had two very different opening nights to attend, the first a play so deeply moving, it was like watching my own life played out in front of me. The Father at the Wyndhams theatre is hailed as the most acclaimed new play of the decade, and is there for eight weeks only.
“Now eighty years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control…The Father is the winner of France’s highest theatrical honour, the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, and in Christopher Hampton‘s crisp and witty translation, has dazzled audiences and critics alike at the Theatre Royal Bath and the Tricycle Theatre. It has received an unprecedented eight five star reviews from major national newspaper critics.”
More importantly, it reduced me to such floods of tears, I couldn’t even make the party and it was home to bed with a heavy heart, but also a sense of relief knowing I wasn’t alone in the struggle with my father, that I have spoken about so many times, and will continue campaigning to find a cure for this terrible and heartbreaking disease.
Anyway, on a much happier note, I had the most wonderful evening at the opening of the spectacular Kinky Boots, starring the divine Matt Henry as Lola, who I had the pleasure of working with in Saturday Night Fever many years ago. I also have to give a special mention to the diva that is Luke Jackson, another dancer who I worked with for many years in many different shows, and who in my eyes shone like a star and stole that stage! It was great to catch up with the creator Jerry Mitchell, and just being in the presence of Cindy Lauper made me feel like I was back in my wild 80’s all over again!
I can finally reveal some of what I’ve been up to in Cardiff… working on the most incredible new production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, alongside actors including Matt Lucas, Richard Wilson, Bernard Cribbins and Elaine Page to name a few! You can read more about it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34334594 – and see me hard at work in Cardiff here…!
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If you haven’t already noticed, the BBC is gearing up for another amazing Children in Need event, and I hope you are all out there getting involved. Make sure you check out the BBC website for fun fundraising ideas, and in the meantime, get your ears on!
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I’ll leave you with my favourite photo from the week, of me with my darling boy and true inspiration Edward Watson, who I was privileged to celebrate his investiture with, alongside dance genius Matthew Bourne, who’s creativity and vision never cease to amaze me. We had a fabulous night at the hospital club, with dear friends and family, and as always it was hilarious catching up with fabulous author Matt Cain, and absolutely fabulous actress Harriet Thorpe. Ed, I quite simply adore you, congratulations. Edward Watson, MBE.
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SO that’s it for now, and I’ll be back later in the week with news from the Inspiration Womens Awards, and also the RSPCA Animal Hero Awards, both truly moving and wonderful events, along with exciting news from Starlight Germany!
Love always,
Arlene x

And We Keep On Dancing

I’ve been so busy dancing away this past couple of weeks that once again my blog is jam packed!
I am having the time of my life dancing and creating a piece with the heavenly Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet, who is – as I have mentioned many times – is a true dance god. I also got to see him perform alongside the divine Natalia Osipova at Russian Icons Gala, held at the Coliseum, followed by a wonderful dinner at the Savoy. A truly glamorous and sparkling affair.
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Did anyone catch me on The Nation’s Fav 70s No.1’s? If not check it out on ITV player here https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/the-nation-s-favourite-70s-number-one/series-1/episode-1-the-nation-s-favourite-70s-number-one
I had a fabulous time in the studio on Radio 4 Loose Ends with a live studio audience that you can catch up with here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054gxpj
Featuring myself, Arthur Smith, David Mitchell, Sandi Toksvig, Yasmin Evans, John Shuttleworth, Spoek Mathambo and Fantasma!
I hope you all got a chance to celebrate international Women’s Day last Sunday? It’s amazing the things women can achieve, and when we work together as a team all the more so! Love and support the women around you, you never know when you might need some love and strength in return.

So I got my disco on and headed down to the Roundhouse in honour of Save the Children, it was 70’s night and I intended to burn up the dancefloor! Save the Children is an amazing charity I am so proud to have worked with on numerous campaigns, and it was a real honour to be there and share in such an amazing evening to help raise funds. Amongst the funky bunch was actress and timeless beauty Helena Bonham Carter, the utterly gorgeous Dominic West, and fashion guru Mary Portas. It was Thursday Night Fever for sure!
Newsflash! I am so happy to announce I am going to be the Creative Director of JUDY! You can read all about it and get your tickets here http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/judy-the-judy-garland-story/edinburgh-playhouse/
Finally, the big day arrived and it was time to dance for Comic Relief! We all headed off to Wembley, along with 2000 others and well and truly got our groove on! It was such an incredible day, with the most amazing energy all around. You can see me and all my dancing buddies below
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So here I go dancing into the weekend, and I’ll be back with more news before you know it! You can also keep an eye on my twitter for more pics and updates at @arlenephillips
Love Arlene x