Vice-President of WPO: Patricia Shakesby
Patricia started her career at the age of seventeen in the West End Production of “Where the Rainbow Ends”, co-directed by Noel Coward and Anton Dollin. Following this, she went straight into fortnightly rep!
For over three decades her many stage appearences in London have included Susie in “Someone to Kill”, Charlotte in “Night of the Iguana”, Felicity in “The Real Inspector Hound” and Helen in “Suddenly at Home”. She has also appeared with the Royal Shakepeare Company in “Troilus and Cressida”, “Hamlet”, “Love Girl and the Innocent”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “La Ronde”.
In repertory she has played many leading roles in classics such as “King Lear”, “The Tempest”, “Love’s Labours Lost”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “She Stoops to Conquer”, “The Rivals” and over half a dozen JB Priestley plays; the most recent being “Laburnum Grove”. She has played many roles by modern playwrights such as Pinter, Stoppard, Ayckbourn, Nichols etc. She played Mam in the award-winning Sean Mathias two-hander “Prayer for Wings” for Theatre Clwyd, which subsequently toured, and other recent tours include “Dead of Night”, “The Heiress” and “Straight and Narrow”. She has also appeared in four pantomimes, the last at Guildford, always playing the Good Fairy!
Her many television appearances have included major roles in “War and Peace”, “Tall, Fat and Ugly”, “Brighton Rock”, “Casting the Runes”, “Late Starter”, “The Pity of it All”, “Sapphire ad Steel”, “Twelth Night” and “Yes Minister”. She is never allowed to forget that, at the age of seventeen, she was an origional cast member of “Coronation Street”, but is perhaps best known for playing Polly Urquhart in the series “Howard’s Way”.
Patricia Shakesby recently played the leading role in the Benn Levy modern classic “The Rape of the Belt” for The British Actor’s Theatre Company and “The Shadow of the Sun”, playing Queen Elizabeth I, for the same Company.
As well as all this, Patricia has also done extensive radio work, which she enjoys enormously!