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                                           LADY CRABTREE AT FAIRWARP WI   and   JILL & JOHN HIGHES' 45th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY  (2017)          

THE DOWAGER LADY CRABTREE is a comedy character
performed by author & broadcaster PAUL JAMES
since 1978 

           December 2014

            

 The doyenne of ladies' clubs and Women's Institutes, Lady Crabtree is ideally suited to the more mature audience

         


 IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SPEAKER OR ENTERTAINER, 
LADY CRABTREE CAN BE  BOOKED TO: 

 

* RAISE A LAUGH AT YOUR WI, CLUB, GROUP or SOCIETY WITH ONE OF HER AMUSING TALKS. There are currently FOUR to choose from: 


1.  "HOW TO GROW OLD DISGRACEFULLY "
Lady C reveals that the advancing years are to be enjoyed rather than endured.
Anyone over the age of 50 will be able to identify with many of her wry observations!

             "I don't think we have ever had someone who made us laugh so much. The ladies had a wonderful time."
Gill Bird, Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club

 "The peals of laughter and the attention of the audience confirmed her huge success...an afternoon to savour." 
CommunityWise Ladies Club, Eastbourne

"So many people came up to me afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed your talk... a good laugh keeps you young!"
Valerie Winstone, Stratford-upon-Avon Ladies' Lunch Club

"Many thanks for the simply fantastic entertainment you gave us. We have had so many comments on how everyone enjoyed your talk."
Lioness Conference, Maidstone

"I am already being bombarded with requests for a return visit!" Pat Allen, Gables Court

"I haven't laughed so much for a long time!"  Jane Craig, Castle Group WI, Ringmer

"An outstanding presentation...the best we've had throughout our large District this year....absolutely excellent."
Philip Leng, Oddfellows Friendly Society, Bexhill 

"A big thank you for a cracking evening, Lady Crabtree was fabulous! I've heard loads of terrific comments from folk
that were there... We definitely want her back again!"  Alison Attwood, Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club



2. "THE DOWAGER ENTERTAINS"
Lady C gives a jocular account of her life and work, with the occasional comic monologue
thrown in for good measure. From her early days in the theatre to becoming a society hostess;
from her career in the Royal Household to her public life today... it has truly been a life of variety.

                                                                "An hour of almost non-stop laughter!"     Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre

3. "GREAT SOCIETY HOSTESSES"  
A light-hearted but informative talk, in which Lady Crabtree speaks about some of her favourite Society Hostesses and their extravagant lifestyles.

                                                                "She enthralled us this time and so many members have asked if she can come back again to give another of her talks."     Royal National Lifeboat Institute


4.  "GLAD TO BE GREY"
Lady C's sequel to "How To Grow Old Disgracefully" .... another celebration of maturity and the many
advantages of getting older.

   "Another great performance... I felt exhausted with laughter."    Derek Mepham, Langham Hotel Lunch Club, Eastbourne





    Paul James - June 2012                         

                                          PAUL JAMES                                                                                   Eastbourne Herald 13th December 2013                                                                                LADY CRABTREE                    

   
* SHE CAN MAKE A TAILOR-MADE, WITTY SPEECH AT YOUR EVENT


* PERFORM A STAND-UP COMEDY ROUTINE AT YOUR GALA or VARIETY SHOW 


* ACT AS HOSTESS or COMPERE FOR CONCERTS, CHARITY EVENTS or CORPORATE FUNCTIONS

                                                                                                      Eastbourne Herald, 19th Sept 2014

* OPEN FETES and FAIRS ..... PRESENT PRIZES  or AWARDS ......  or CUT A RIBBON AT YOUR OPENING CEREMONY


* GROUPS OF 30 OR MORE CAN HAVE "AFTERNOON TEA WITH LADY C" or "LUNCH WITH LADY C" AT THE LANGHAM HOTEL, EASTBOURNE; A PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES A FIRST CLASS TEA or LUNCH AND A 45 MINUTE ENTERTAINMENT FROM THE DOWAGER FOR AN ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE - Call 01323 731451 for details and to discuss your requirements. For lunch or afternoon tea prices click:   http://www.ladycrabtree.co.uk/page7.php

                      

                                         EASTBOURNE GAZETTE , October 2014                                                                                                                       HASTINGS & ST LEONARD'S OBSERVER, September 2014

Some recent Lady Crabtree appearances:
22nd January 2013 - Polegate Wine & Social Club, Polegate Community Centre
24th May 2013 - Inner Wheel President's Night Dinner, Royal Eastbourne Golf Club
26th July 2013 - TV interview for the "Scott Spears Now" programme
12th September 2013 - Edwards Coaches Lunch, Langham Hotel
2nd October 2013 - The Good Life Show, Winter Garden, Eastbourne
2nd October 2013 - Langham Hotel Ladies' Lunch Club
3rd October 2013 - Edwards Coaches Lunch, Langham Hotel
29th October 2013 - CommunityWise Ladies' Club 
31st October 2013 - Sovereign Rotary Club, Chatsworth Hotel, Eastbourne
26th November 2013 - Meads WI, Eastbourne
10th January 2014 - RNLI, Eastbourne
27th February 2014 - Gables Court, Eastbourne
11th March 2014 - Polegate Tuesday Fellowship, Polegate
26th March 2014 - Bay Wives Group, Pevensey
2nd April 2014 - WI 'Spring Group Meeting', Lewes
26th April 2014 - Carers For People, Civic Centre, Telscombe Cliffs
30th April 2014 - Buxted Court, Buxted 
16th June 2014 - Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group, Afton Hotel, Eastbourne
8th July 2014 - East Grinstead Meridian WI         
19th July 2014 - Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, WWI Centenary Show       
26th July 2014 - Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, WWI Centenary Show
17th August 2014 - Concentus Chorale
24th August 2014 - St Michael's Hospice, Hastings - Afternoon Tea with Lady C
13th September 2014 - Under Ground Theatre 'Lady Crabtree & Friends': Music Hall 
17th September 2014 - Heathfield Trefoil Guild
26th September 2014 - Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes, Eastbourne

21st October 2014 - The M.O.R.E Club, Eastbourne
22nd October 2014 - Edwards Coaches lunch, Langham Hotel
23rd October 2014 - St Wilfrid's Hospice 30th Anniversary Lunch
29th November 2014 - Bexhill Horticultural Society
3rd December 2014 - Catenian Association Dinner
4th December 2014 - Kingston WI
5th December 2014 - Meads Afternoon Townswomen's Guild
10th December 2014 - Lewes Westgate WI, Lewes
11th December 2014 - Sovereign WI, Eastbourne
20th December 2014 - Meet & Greet Christmas Lunch, Seaford
7th January 2015 - St John's Guild, Eastbourne
9th January 2015 - Royal National Lifeboat Institute
15th January 2015 - The Twenty-Ten Club, Little Common
24th January 2015 - East Dean & Friston Village Hall Trust
21st February 2015 - Lioness Conference, Maidstone
23rd February 2015 - Gables Court, Eastbourne
26th March 2015 - 60th Wedding Anniversary, Cumberland Hotel
27th March 2015 - Bexhill 100 Classic Car Club
7th April 2015 - Southdown Group WI Spring Meeting, Hove
17th April 2015 - Castle Group WI, Ringmer
30th April 2015 - Thalia House, Bexhill
12th May 2015 - Polegate Ladies Circle
13th May 2015 - Bexhill Down Townswomen's Guild 50th Anniversary
27th May 2015 - Coffee Corner Afternoon Tea

15th June 2015 - Wivelsfield WI
19th June 2015 - Little Common Community Association, 70th Anniversary Dinner
25th June 2015 - Butts Brow WI
27th June 2015 - Oddfellows, Bexhill Conservative Club
8th July 2015 - Telscombe Cliffs WI 80th Anniversary Tea, Langham Hotel
15th July 2015 - Devonshire Park Townswomen's Guild
17th July 2015 - Healthy Living Centre, Worthing
22nd July 2015 - Barclay's Spread Eagles Club Lunch, Wickwoods Country Club, Albourne
6th August 2015 - Maples Care Home, Bexleyheath
16th September 2015 - Harbour WI, Centenary of WI 1915-2015
22nd September 2015 - Anderida WI, St Wilfrid's Hall, Pevensey
25th September 2015 - Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes, Eastbourne
1st October 2015 - Harbour Friends Lunch, Eastbourne
7th October 2015 - Gildredge Park Bowls Club Lunch, Eastbourne

13th November 2015 - Riverside Club, Lewes
24th November 2015 - Meads WI, Eastbourne
25th November 2015 - The Hawthorns, Eastbourne
2nd December 2015 - Ladies' Executive Club Lunch, Rochford
7th December 2015 - Pevensey Castle Masonics Lodge Dinner
9th December 2015 - Patcham WI Christmas Party
10th December 2015 - Westham WI Christmas Party
17th December 2015 - Ladies' Lunch, Falcon Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
21st December 2015 - Golden Marigold Club, Bexhill
6th January 2016 - The Hawthorns, Eastbourne "The Dowager Returns"
23rd January 2016 - East Dean "Great Society Hostesses  "
31st January 2016 - Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove 
6th February 2016 - Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Eastbourne
15th February 2016 - Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club, Hilton Hotel, Cardiff
24th February 2016 - Cross-in-Hand WI
3rd March 2016 - Polegate WI Afternoon Tea
7th March 2016 - Ladies Who Lunch, Highwoods Golf Club, Bexhill
11th March 2016 - Little Common Horticultural Society
16th March 2016 - Little Common WI Birthday Meeting
18th March 2016 - Meads Ladies' Circle
6th May 2016 - Regency Group WI Spring Meeting
11th May 2016 - West St Leonard's Townswomen's Guild
9th June 2016 - Willingdon WI
13th June 2016 - Harbour WI, Queen's 90th Birthday celebration
14th June 2016 - Active Leisure Club, Little Common
3rd July 2016 - Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne
20th July 2016 - Barclay's Bank Spread Eagle Club Lunch, Hove
26th July 2016 - Langney WI 
30th July 2016 - Private function - 80th Birthday tea, Langham Hotel
11th August 2016 - The Hawthorns, Eastbourne
15th August 2016 - Sidley Friendship Group
26th August 2016 - Bexhill 100 Motoring Club
14th September 2016 - Bexhill Down Townswomen's Guild
24th September 2016 - Oddfellows Society, Bexhill
6th October 2016 - Eastbourne Masonic Friendship Club
11th October 2016 - East Blatchington Townswomen's Guild
14th October 2016 - Riverside Club, Lewes
18th October 2016 - Eastbourne Spread Eagles Club Lunch
19th October 2016 - Herstmonceux WI Birthday Meeting
20th October 2016 - Langham Hotel Lunch Club, Eastbourne
26th October 2016 - Cardiac Support Goup, Eastbourne
28th October 2016 - Meads U3A, Eastbourne
1st November 2016 - Thalia House, Bexhill
3rd November 2016 - Gables Court, Eastbourne
28th November 2016 - 40th Wedding Anniversary Lunch, Eastbourne
2nd December 2016 - Private function, Langney
3rd December 2016 - Private function, 95th Birthday Lunch, Horsebridge
14th December 2016 - Ferring WI 80th Birthday Meeting, Ferring
13th January 2017 - RNLI, Eastbourne
16th February 2017 - Ladies Who Lunch, Rustington Manor Hotel
24th February 2017 - Devonshire Club, Eastbourne
25th February 2017 - Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club
2nd March 2017 - Cranbrook Business Association lunch
6th March 2017 - Nat Assoc of Flower Arrangement Societies, Haywards Heath
14th March 2017 - Crowborough Vale WI Birthday Meeting
25th March 2017 - Christ Church, Eastbourne
4th April 2017 - Horam WI
7th April 2017 - Ladies' Luncheon, Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne
11th April 2017 - Fairwarp WI
12th April 2017 - Robertsbridge WI
24th April 2017 - Mile Oak WI, Group Meeting 
26th April 2017 - Hampden Park Bowls Club Dinner
11th May 2017 - Sainsbury's Veterans Association
17th May 2017 - Devonshire Park Townswomen's Guild
21st May 2017 - St Wilfrid's Hall, Pevensey Bay
27th May 2017 - Adur East Lions Club, Southwick
5th June 2017 - East Preston Festival
25th June 2017 - Friends of Devonshire Park Theatre
26th June 2017 - Hastings & Rother U3A
9th July 2017 - Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne
11th July 2017 - Active Leisure Club, Bexhill
28th July 2017 - Go-Getters Club, Uckfield
29th July 2017 - Private function - 45th Wedding Anniversary Lunch, Seaford
5th August 2017 - Private function - 80th Birthday Lunch, Cooden Beach Golf Club 19th August 2017 - Parkinson's UK, Worthing branch
16th September 2017 - Oddfellows Society, Bexhill
19th September 2017 - Tuesday at Friends, Brighton

FUTURE BOOKINGS INCLUDE
Tuesday 26th September 2017 - WI Group Meeting, Durrington, 7.30pm
Friday 29th September 2017 - Friends of Clapham & Patching Churches, 8.15pm
Thursday 5th October 2017 - Catsfield WI, 2.30pm
Wednesday 11th October 2017 - Sussex Centenary of WI Celebration, Crowborough
Saturday 21st October 2017 - ChatterBox Club, Bexhill, 7.30pm
Thursday 26th October 2017 - WI Group Afternoon Tea, Langham Hotel
Wednesday 8th November 2017 - After 8 Club, Burwash
Wednesday 15th November 2017 - East Preston Floral Club 50th Anniversary
Friday 24th November 2017 - Crowborough Wolfe Golf Club, 7.45pm
Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Mayfield Bonfire Society
Monday 4th December 2017 - Pembury U3A, 2pm
Wednesday 6th December 2017 - Charity Lunch, St Leonards
Tuesday 11th December 2017 - Midhurst Gardening Club, Evening
Wednesday 13th December 2017 - Ferring WI
Friday 15th December 2017 - Meads Ladies Circle, 2.15pm
Sunday 17th December 2017 - RAF, Arundel, 3.30pm
Tuesday 26th December 2017 - Langham Hotel, 2.30pm
Monday 1st January 2018 - Langham Hotel, 12.30pm
Monday 8th January 2018 - Ladies Who Lunch, Highwoods Golf Club, Bexhill
Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Burwash Ladies Group, 2.15pm
Friday 12th January 2018 - RNLI, Eastbourne, 10.30am
Sunday 14th January 2018 - Uckfield, afternoon
Monday 5th February 2018 - Eastbourne Rambling Club
Wednesday 7th February 2018 - Nat Federation of Occupational Pensioners, Worthing
Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Rushlake Green WI, 7.30pm
Friday 2nd March 2018 - Sandhurst Friendship Club, 2.30pm
Saturday 14th April 2018 - Lady Crabtree's 40th Anniversary Show, Under Ground Theatre, 2.30pm
Wednesday 18th April 2018 - Crowborough U3A, 2.30pm
Friday 20th April 2018 - Angmering WI, 8pm
Friday 11th May 2018 - Warnham WI 100th Anniversary
Saturday 19th May 2018 - Hailsham & District Flower Club 60th Anniversary
Saturday 26th May 2018 - Private function - 80th Birthday Dinner, Hydro Hotel
Monday 4th June 2018 - East Preston Festival
Monday 18th June 2018 - Sidley Friendship Club, Sidley, 2.30pm
Thursday 5th July 2018 - Chiddingly WI 100th Anniversary, 2pm
Thursday 12th July 2018 - Findon Village WI, 7.30pm
July 2018 - date TBC - Forum Society, Hove, 60th Anniversary Lunch
Wednesday 8th August 2018 - Shadara Retirement Club, Hartley, 2pm
Tuesday 28th August 2018 - RAF Association, Hailsham, 7.30pm
Monday 3rd September 2018 - Battle & District U3A
Tuesday 11th September 2018 - West Chiltington Arts Theatre Club, 2.30pm
Thursday 13th September 2018 - Mannings Heath & District Horticultural Soc, 7.30pm
Friday 14th September 2018 - Willingdon Flower Club Emerald Anniversary
Tuesday 19th September 2018 - Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Hellingly WI 100th Anniversary, 2.30pm
Tuesday 9th October 2018 - Horsham Flower Club Emerald Anniversary
Thursday 11th October 2018 - Sainsbury's Veterans Association, 2pm
Monday 15th October 2018 - Rustington WI, 2pm
Monday 19th November 2018 - Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club, Hilton Hotel, Cardiff
Tuesday 27th November 2018 - Meads WI, 2.30pm
Wednesday 5th December 2018 - Lashmar Ladies WI, East Preston, 2pm
Thursday 6th December 2018 - Fryern Ladies Probus Club
Tuesday 11th December 2018 - Hastings Ore WI, 7.30pm
Thursday 13th December 2018 - Mannings Heath WI, Lunch
Saturday February 2019 - Private function - Arundel, West Sussex
Thursday 28th February 2019 - Rustington Society of Floral Art



 ADD A TOUCH OF COMIC CLASS TO YOUR EVENT
EMAIL TODAY WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS
AND DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES
connie@ladycrabtree.co.uk
LET THE FUN BEGIN ! 



PHOTOS FROM A FEW RECENT APPEARANCES:  

Oddfellows Society, Tunbridge Wells branch - September 2017


Parkinson's UK, Worthing branch - August 2017


80th Birthday Lunch, Cooden Beach Golf Club - August 2017


45th Wedding Anniversary Lunch, Seaford - July 2017
 

Go-Getters Club, Uckfield - July 2017


Active Leisure Club, Little Common - July 2017
 

Hydro Hotel - July 2017


Friends of Devonshire Park Theatre - June 2017


Hastings & Rother U3A - June 2017


East Preston Festival - June 2017
 

Devonshire Park Townswomen's Guild - May 2017
 

St Wilfrid's Pevensey - May 2017
 

Adur East Lions Club - May 2017


South Down WI Group Meeting - April 2017


Hampden Park Bowls Club - April 2017


Fairwarp WI - April 2017


Crowborough WI - March 2017


Clair Hall, Haywards Heath - March 2017


Christ Church, Eastbourne - March 2017

     

Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club - February 2017


Devonshire Club, Eastbourne - February 2017


Rustington Manor Hotel - February 2016


RNLI - January 2017


Ferring WI 80th Birthday - December 2016


95th Birthday Lunch, Horsebridge - December 2016


Private soiree, Langney - December 2016


40th Wedding Anniversary Lunch - November 2016


Gables Court, Eastbourne - November 2016


Thalia House, Bexhill - November 2016


Meads U3A - October 2016


Riverside Club, Lewes - October 2016


Cardiac Support Group, Eastbourne -  October 2016


Langham Hotel Lunch Club - October 2016


Herstmonceux WI - October 2016


East Blatchington Townswomen's Guild, Seaford - October 2016


Oddfellows Society, Bexhill - September 2016


Bexhill Down Townswomen's Guild - September 2016


Bexhill 100 Motoring Club - August 2016



Sidley Friendship Club - August 2016


The Hawthorns - August 2016


Barclay's Bank Spread Eagle Club lunch - July 2016
  

Joyce Barrette 80th Birthday Tea - July 2016


Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne - July 2016

                                                                                                                                     Photo: Hannah Francis

Active Leisure Club, Little Common - June 2016


Harbour WI - June 2016


Willingdon WI - June 2016


West St Leonard's Townswomen's Guild - May 2016
 

Regency Group WI Spring Meeting - May 2016
 

Little Common WI Birthday Meeting - March 2016
  

Meads Ladies Circle - March 2016


Little Common Horticultural Society - March 2016


Ladies Who Lunch, Bexhill - March 2016


Polegate WI - March 2016


Cross-in-Hand WI - February 2016
 

Cardiff Ladies' Lunch Club - February 2016
   

Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club - February 2016


Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove - January 2016


East Dean Village Hall - January 2016
   

The Hawthorns, Eastbourne - January 2016


Golden Marigold Club, Bexhill - December 2015
   

Stratford-Upon-Avon Ladies' Lunch - December 2015
 

Westham WI Christmas Party - December 2015


Patcham WI Christmas Party - December 2015


Pevensey Castle Masonic Dinner - December 2015
The younger generation are in a world of their own !!
 


Ladies' Executive Lunch, Rochford - December 2015
 

The Hawthorns, Eastbourne - November 2015
 

Meads WI - November 2015
 

Gildredge Park Bowls Club Lunch - October 2015


Harbour Friends Lunch - October 2015


Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes - September 2015


Anderida WI - September 2015
      

100th Anniversary of Women's Institute in UK - September 2015


Maples Court, Bexleyheath - July 2015


Barclay's Bank Spreadeagles Lunch, Wickwoods Country Club - July 2015


Healthy Living Centre, Worthing, July 2015
 

Devonshire Park Townswomen's Guild - July 2015
 
Telscombe Cliffs WI's 80th Birthday - July 2015


Oddfellows Friendly Society, Bexhill - June 2015
   

Butt's Brow WI, Willingdon - June 2015
 

Little Common Communty Centre 70th Anniversary Dinner - June 2015
 

Bexhill Down Townswomen's Guild 50th Anniversary - May 2015


Thalia House, Bexhill - April 2015
   

Castle Group WI, Ringmer - April 2015


Southdown Group WI Spring Meeting, Hove - April 2015
     

Bexhill 100 Classic Car Club - March 2015
   

Shirley & Colin Nash's 60th Wedding Anniversary
Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne - March 2015

Waiting for the chauffeur to take her to the hotel

Gables Court - February 2015
     

Lioness Conference, Maidstone - February 2015
 
 
East Dean Village Hall Trust, "An Evening with Lady Crabtree" - January 2015


The Twenty-Ten Club, Little Common, January 2015
  

Meet & Greet Lunch for Carers, Seaford - December 2014


Sovereign WI - December 2014
 

Lewes Westgate WI - December 2014
     

Meads Townswomen's Guild - December 2014
     

Kingston WI - December 2014

  

Catenian Association Dinner - December 2014
       

Bexhill Horticultural Society - November 2014
  

St Wilfrid's Hospice 30th Anniversary Lunch - October 2014

     

The MORE Club, Eastbourne - October 2014

       

Queen Alexandra Cottage Homes, Eastbourne - September 2014

           

Trefoil Guild, Heathfield - September 2014


Under Ground Theatre, Old Time Music Hall - September 2014



        

St Michael's Hospice, Hastings - August 2014

         

Concentus Chorale - August 2014

  

WWI Centenary Show, Under Ground Theatre - July 2014

           

East Grinstead Meridian WI - July 2014

      

Eastbourne Area Epilepsy Group - June 2014

 


Buxted Court, Buxted - April 2014


           

Telscombe Cliffs Civic Centre - April 2014

   

East Sussex WI Spring Meeting, Lewes - April 2014

Polegate Afternoon Fellowship - March 2014

               

Gables Court, Eastbourne - February 2014

    

 R N L I, Eastbourne - January 2014

   

Meads WI - November 2013

          

    
 
     

Sovereign Rotary Club Dinner, Chatsworth Hotel - October 2013

           

     

CommunityWise Ladies' Club - October 2013

     

The Good Life Show, Winter Garden Theatre, Eastbourne - October 2013

Edwards Coaches Lunch, Langham Hotel - September 2013

     

FOR A FULL SELECTION OF LADY CRABTREE PICTURES FROM ACROSS THE YEARS
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HOW IT ALL BEGAN......

In the Summer of 1976 PAUL JAMES was introduced to the comedy double act of Patrick Fyffe and George Logan - HINGE & BRACKET - and was inspired by this extremely clever female impersonation, where the line between reality and make-believe became blurred. He saw many of their live performances over the next twenty-five years, met Patrick on numerous occasions, and in 1985 Dame Hilda Bracket wrote the Foreword to one of Paul's books. Today Paul is very proud to own two of Dame Hilda's original stage costumes.

  HINGE & BRACKET
Dr Evadne Hinge & Dame Hilda Bracket
http://www.hingeandbracketofficial.co.uk/

HINGE & BRACKET         

It was while appearing in cabaret in 1978 that Paul James decided to create his own character - and Lady Crabtree made her first public appearance. Originally intended to be a single performance only, Paul was surprised by the audience demand to see more of Lady C - and so the act began to develop. 

        Cabaret, Bournemouth 1980    Porchester Hall, London 1980    1990    2013


Wanting Lady Crabtree to be as credible as Hinge & Bracket, yet completely different in style and character, he avoided their cosy nostalgia and made Lady C very much a woman of her times. The redoubtable Lady Crabtree told stories of her marital problems with husband Claude (chairman of the mid-Yorkshire Swine Breeders' Federation); the difficulties she had encountered on marrying into the aristocracy; the embarrassment caused by her twin sister Millicent (currently on husband number five), and was not afraid to air her views about public figures - especially when Mrs Thatcher entered Downing Street in 1979.

 London 1982

Although Lady Crabtree occasionally sang, there was a deliberate attempt to avoid comparison with Hinge & Bracket and she lacked Dame Hilda's incredible operatic skills.  Lady C was much more likely to launch into a Joyce Grenfell style monologue... plus she was just a touch more glamorous.

  In the rain, 1980One of the Queen's old frocksLondon, 1983 

Various invitations soon came in and Lady Crabtree judged a fancy dress competition and a beauty contest in Devon; made a presentation to Sir Anthony Harris (the son of 'Bomber' Harris) in London, and by 1982 had appeared on a celebrity panel game for BBC Radio 2, had undertaken many press interviews for newspapers and magazines, continued to perform in hotels, and frequently aired her views in the media. She made her first TV appearance on the popular BBC 1 programme 'Pebble Mill at One' , and wrote two books that became international best-sellers, for which she made extensive promotional tours across the UK and undertook the inevitable bookshop signings at well-known stores in towns and cities across the country.

The act developed further when Lady Crabtree was joined on stage by her son GILES CRABTREE in 1984, followed a year later by her old chum from Finishing School days MORAG AUCHTERMUCHTY.

Since 1991 Lady Crabtree has performed mostly as a solo act. She appears at a variety of functions each year, entertaining a number of clubs groups and societies, is regularly booked to appear at special events and anniversaries, and is a popular speaker giving many talks and loves acting as compere at events.

With clean, genteel humour, reminiscences and no offensive language, Lady Crabtree brings merriment to any occasion.

IF THE QUEEN ISN'T FREE, THEN BOOK LADY C....

Paul James                           Lady Crabtree


    Paul James - June 2012        


 ADD A TOUCH OF COMIC CLASS TO YOUR EVENT
EMAIL TODAY WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS
AND DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES
connie@ladycrabtree.co.uk
LET THE FUN BEGIN !