Legendary. broadcaster John Simpson to appear at the Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is hosting another of the ever popular An Audience With … events as a fundraiser, this time with the return of BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.

He will be talking about his life and work for what promises to be an enthralling evening on Friday, September 21.

John Simpson has reported from 140 countries and interviewed around 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher and every other British Prime Minister since Harold Wilson.

He has interviewed every German Chancellor since Willy Brandt and every French President since Giscard d’Estaing.

Amongst others, he has interviewed Mrs Gandhi, Emperor Bokassa, Colonel Gadaffi, Bashir al-Asad, Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe.

He has covered 46 wars on four continents, not to mention the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania.

John is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and accomplished author.

Born in 1944 and educated at St Paul’s School and Magdalene College, Cambridge he joined the BBC in 1996 and has received most of the broadcasting industry’s main awards including RTS Journalist of the Year (twice), three BAFTAs, an Emmy, Monte-Carlo TV Festival’s Golden Nymph and the Bayeux award for war reporting.

John is an honorary fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, a freeman of the City of London and President of The Chelsea Society. In 1991 he was awarded a CBE.

John will tell stories of his career at the BBC spanning over 50 years and the evening will also include an opportunity for the audience to ask questions with no holds barred.

This is a fundraising event for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org/shows/an-audience-with-john-simpson-cbe/or visit the theatre in person.

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