Davies career started in 1958 where upon leaving the armed forces, became a famous Butlins Redcoat alongside fellow contemporaries Dave Allen and Jimmy Tarbuck. Davies became a household name on August 1st 1964 where on Opportunity Knocks he released his comedic character "Parrotface" and has since appeared on TV & Radio more than 500 times.
Davies was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed Disney feature film Funnybones which he also co-starred alongside Jerry Lewis, Lee Evans and Oliver Reed. An Illustrious acting career subsequently followed with roles in Casualty, Heartbeat, Preston Front, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, Band of Gold, Medics, Micky Love, Last of the Summer Wine and two series of Harbour Lights. His recent appearances have been as a special guest on My Family and a featured role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He is currently writing his Autobiography before a national tour later in 2013.
Davies will join the previously announced cast of: Ross Barnes (A Winter's Tale : Landor Theatre), Zoe Curlett (LES MISERABLES : Palace Theatre), Robert Dalton (Save the Last Dance : UK Tour), JorDon Lee Davies (Into the Woods : St David's Hall), Martin Dickinson (Jekyll & Hyde : UK Tour), Zac Donovan , Natalie Douglas (Steel Pier : Union Theatre), Wesley Dow (When Harry Met Barry : Above the Stag), Joanna Eliot (Let There Be : Riverside Studios), Alexander Evans (Masterclass: Broadway) Tyler Fagin (Love Never Dies: Adelphi Theatre) Fiona Finsbury (The Young Ones : Queen's Theatre Hornchurch), Amanda Goldthorpe-Hall (The Secret Garden : West End), Mona Goodwin (Spring Awakening : Lyric Hammersmith & West End), Olivia Hallett (West End Voices: Actors Church), Ana Martin, Rachael McCormick (Oliver! : Uk Tour) Matthew Ronchetti (A Winter's Tale : Landor Theatre) and Pippa Winslow (Old Goat Song: Lion & Unicorn).
The Secret Garden : in Concert is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Matthew Hopton for Knockhardy Productions and will be directed by Matthew Gould with Musical Direction by David Keefe.
The show will play The King's Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street Islington, Greater London N1 1QN. Previews 10th February 2013 - 7:15pm. Evening Show 11th,17th,18th,24th,25th February & 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th March : 7:15pm. Matinee Show 17th March : 3:00pm. Press Night 11th February : 7:15pm. Ticket Price £10 (preview) / £10 - £25 (all other shows). Box Office: 0207 478 0160. Website www.kingsheadtheatre.com.
Director: Matthew Gould - Matthew has been directing for a number of years focusing on New Writing and Musical Theatre, winning the People's Choice Award for the Preston Fringe Festival with the new play Baby Jesus Freak by Ian Winterton. He had his first foray into film direction in 2011 with a promotional DVD for a Martial Arts stage show In the Gutter Looking up at The Stars, which he also choreographed. Prior to this he adapted comedienne Janice Day's book about getting over breast cancer for her one woman show which premiered at the Epsom Playhouse in February 2012 and then directed the recording of Adolf Killed my Sweetheart for ALL FM radio. Recently he directed and choreographed the first major revival of the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre, London; a new musical based on the Cuban Missile Crisis called Thirteen Days at The Grimeborn Festival at The Arcola in London; and the premiere of a musical by David Reiser called Old Goat Song. Prior to Christmas 2012 he directed the beautiful musical I Do I Do at The Riverside Studios. Matthew is thrilled to be directing this revival of The Secret Garden and will follow this with a new play by author Deep Singh and a new musical, A Body to Die(t) For.