Susie Dent - The Secret Lives Of Words

Susie Dent - The Secret Lives Of Words

Live at
Richmond Theatre
Sun 23 Apr 2023
Closed
Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day.

Richmond Theatre

Sun 23 Apr 2023
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
Sun at 14:30
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Why go and see it?

Lexicographer – Best Selling Author – Queen of Dictionary Corner

Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge). 

Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 30 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters. 

Funny, fact-filled and delightful
- Jonathan Ross
Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure
- Richard Osman
Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words
- Pam Ayres

Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.

Richmond Theatre

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
Richmond (District Line), Overground (SW Trains)
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. Please note we will not be open on days we do not have any performances. See the ‘What’s On’ section for performance times.
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Ambassador Lounge - Pre-show & interval table service (Charge applies)

One of the oldest surviving theatres designed by iconic architect Frank Matcham, Richmond Theatre has sat in the heart of the local community since 1899.

The beautiful Grade II-listed venue presents a wide range of quality shows, from pre- and post-West End Drama to record-breaking musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment.

The theatre is also a popular filming location, having been used for film and TV including Finding Neverland, Bugsy Malone, Killing Eve and Ted Lasso.

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Richmond Theatre

Sun 23 Apr 2023
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
Sun at 14:30
For group bookings of 10 or more:
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