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Valentine’s Day with a Difference: Thelma Ruby’s One-Woman Show

Theatre legend Thelma Ruby is set to grace the stage at The King’s Head Theatre with her one-woman show, but Thelma Ruby is no ordinary 91-year-old. With over 60 years spent on the stage, treading the boards with the likes of Orson Welles, Dame Judi Dench, Chaim Topol and many more, this nonagenarian entertainer will surprise and delight audiences with her return to the King’s Head Theatre on Valentine’s Day.

An evening of songs, sketches, dance and dazzling entertainment, Thelma Ruby’s one-woman show ‘That’s Entertainment’ tells the story of her remarkable life in the spotlight, with tales to make you laugh, cry and hide behind your hands. SEEN can hardly wait.

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Thelma says: ‘It’s delightful to be celebrating Valentine’s Day at the King’s Head Theatre. When they first asked me to perform my one-woman show last summer, little did I know I’d be playing to packed-out houses and that they were going to ask me back! It’s turned out to be one of the loveliest jobs of my career.’

Superstar Thelma was born in Leeds in 1926 and trained as an actress in New York during World War Two. From entertaining wounded troops in hospitals in wartime to starring in Chimes at Midnight with Orson Welles, she has lived a glittering life on and off stage, and for one night only is returning to The King’s Head to recount her tales. This will be one Valentine’s Day you won’t forget in a hurry, nor will your date…

‘Ruby’s comic timing is a delight – she lights the place up’ – Clive Davis, The Times
‘I was bowled over by her….her comic timing is second to none’ – Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

Thelma Ruby: a Jewel in Theatre’s Crown

A small but packed house greeted nonagenarian Thelma Ruby to the stage with her talented pianist at the King’s Head Theatre on Valentine’s Day. Thelma told us the story of her long and eventful life, interspersed with songs from her long career.

With a father fleeing the pogroms of the last century, Miss Ruby did not stint on how difficult it was to be Jewish then, but lightened these sombre moments with a song or a memory of what it was like to date Tyrone Power, play Golda Meir or perform in Fiddler on the Roof in apartheid-era South Africa.

Whilst certainly the consummate professional and in fine voice, Miss Ruby was not averse to sending herself up and treating us to a few high kicks. Funny, razor-sharp and compassionate, she was, quite rightly, given a standing ovation as she left the stage. SEEN would love to have a glass of champagne with her.

14 February
Tickets £15 – £19.50

The King’s Head Theatre
115 Upper Street,
N1 1QN