Susie Dent - The Secret Lives of Words Prod Shot

Susie Dent - The Secret Lives Of Words

Live at
Richmond Theatre
Sun 23 Apr 2023
  Tickets available from £29.65
subject to a transaction fee of £3.80
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
For group bookings of 10 or more:

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 will open 90 minutes prior to the performance start time.
There is a bar on each level of the theatre
Avoid the queues and be our guest in the Ambassador lounge. Add some sparkle to your night out and enjoy a show with bespoke service.
There is no cloakroom available at this venue.

Richmond Theatre is established as one of the most successful theatres in the country, presenting a wide range of quality drama, record breaking musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment each year, Richmond Theatre welcomes a quarter of a million theatre goers to over 40 outstanding productions annually, performing for about 49 weeks every year!

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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: