An evening of cabaret with national treasure and legend, Anne Reid is an opportunity not to be missed. An actress who has graced the stage, the small and big screen and whose reputation precedes her, to see the star of Last Tango in Halifax, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street, up close, personal and singing? Well, it was all I expected it to be and more!
Looking resplendent in a glittery black number, the diva was accompanied by Jason Carr who provided piano accompaniment and some vocals. They were a formidable duo, a visibly relaxed partnership and Carr’s musicality was divine. Hardly surprising as he has worked with a number of singers at the top of their game, such as Maria Friedman to name just one. I had not had the pleasure of listening to Ms Reid sing before, but it was a delight to hear her beautiful voice and the songs complemented her autobiographical banter, wonderfully.
So many of the musical numbers were favourites of mine, but I must pick out Addicted to Black, Memories and Makin Whoopee as some of the highlights. As an actress first and foremost (and one of the finest actresses, in my opinion), she connects with the pieces on a level that surpasses other singers. Once Upon a Time brought a tear to my eye, the lyrics really hit home and the way she can convey the emotions added an extra dimension to this number. Similarly while listening to Makin Whoopee I realised I had never considered the words upon hearing the song on previous occasions, but now I can remember them!
The stories that the star regaled us with were fascinating, I was personally interested to hear of her long friendship with Sarah Lancashire (who plays her daughter in Last Tango In Halifax) and also Lancashire’s parents. It was pleasing to hear that she enjoys playing the role of Celia in Last Tango as much as the public like watching her play the role. There was also a secret shared from the cutting rom floor of the hit film Love Actually, it seems we missed out on Reid and Frances De La Tour playing a pair of lesbian lovers!
I can’t recommend this show highly enough, this lady is one class act and cabaret suits her. The tour continues into 2016, so look out for it at a venue near you.