Cricket legends take centre stage at Richmond Theatre

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Fun: Blofeld and Baxter will talk TMS Fun: Blofeld and Baxter will talk TMS

BBC cricket legends Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter are coming to Richmond Theatre with their new humorous show detailing their exploits in the commentary box over the past 40 years.

Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special will see the pair entertain audiences around the country with their hilarious tales.

Blofeld is one of international cricket’s best-loved broadcasters and his immediately recognisable voice and ability to paint pictures with words have been in demand all over the world since the 1970s. Aged 72, he is still on the Test Match Special team.

Baxter was the organising brain and producer of Test Match Special from 1973 to 2007.

He was frequently part of the commentary team and while he enjoyed many amusing moments over the years, being locked out of the ground at Galle, in Sri Lanka, in 2001 was not one of them - he and BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew eventually watched the action from a nearby fort.

Blofeld said: “Test Match Special is as much fun to be part of in the commentary box as most people seem to think it is to listen to.

“But, in the box itself there are two different perspectives and with Blowers and Backers on stage they will both come together with, we hope, gales of laughter.”

Baxter added: “Test Match Special has always been like a family - and the listeners are part of that family. And like all families, there are so many stories of the characters in it.

“The two of us have been having a lot of fun talking about all the funny things that have happened during our 35 years together on the programme and we're really looking forward to sharing that fun with audiences round the country.”

The pair will put on 20 shows around the country which will appeal to both young and old cricket fans.

Blofeld and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special, Richmond Theatre, 7.30pm, Sunday, July 22. Tickets £19.50. Call the box office on 0844 8717627.

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