It’s The Real Thing for Liz
May 17, 2002
The daughter of Leslie Crowther, of TV’s Crackerjack fame, she had been playing Annie Hart in Channel 5’s soap Family Affairs, for two years when a new producer decided to kill off a whole swathe of the cast in one go.
But troupers like Liz take that sort of thing in their stride and now she has just started a tour in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, which brings her to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre next week.
She is one of the women in the life of John Gordon Sinclair who plays a dramatist no longer sure where his imagination stops and reality begins.
She told me: “I think Tom is a fantastic writer, funny but textually dense at the same time, and he has the male-female thing down to a T.”
The production is on its second tour but apart from Archers regular Michael Lumsden the cast is new.
Of her many stage appearances Liz particularly enjoyed being in the original production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors, which visited a theatre festival in Chicago.
She was also in the National Theatre’s version of Animal Farm in which the cast wore masks and played Elvira – “not my usual sort of part at all” – in Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
She also toured with Stephanie Cole, in the Peter Nichols play So Long Life.
On TV, apart from Family Affairs, Liz has had regular roles in London’s Burning, and a series called Shoestring in which she helped a sleuthing radio presenter played by Trevor Eve.
She lives in Surrey so a week working in Guildford suits her just fine.
The Real Thing runs from Monday to Saturday – for performance times and ticket details call (01483)