Ron Hasker is book-keeper, chairman and heritage director of the Kings Theatre Trust. Ron works full-time for the trust, helping to run the historic Kings Theatre in Southsea.
When did you last go away and where did you go?
My wife and I enjoyed a fortnight cruise on board the Queen Victoria visiting Florence, Sardinia, Cannes, Cartagena and Gibraltar among other delightful ports and locations. The Queen Victoria even has a theatre which is based on the style of architecture of Frank Matcham, the famous theatrical architect and designer who designed and built the Kings Theatre and the New Theatre Royal.
What was the last book you read?
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne in its original and unabridged version. You can’t beat a classic story. But generally I prefer to read biographies, mostly theatre-related. The last was the biography of Charlie Chaplin, who we recently have discovered may have performed at the Kings when he was touring with Fred Karno before going to the States and becoming one of the biggest film stars ever. More research needed!
What’s your favourite way to relax?
Relax? That’s what holidays are for; nothing planned yet for this year but will fit one in somewhere. I swim at least three times a week for health and fitness and reading takes up what’s left of my time.
Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?
Wow, where do I start? I have been very lucky and met some interesting and talented stars in my 11 years of being the Kings chairman. It depends what sort of weekend you mean – we’d better move on as my wife will read this!
Where do you shop?
I love going to Gunwharf. It has some fantastic shops. I’m a sucker for new suits and clothes generally, particularly if they are of a nice quality. But for a treat we do love hopping on a train to London.
Where do you eat out?
Living in Rowlands Castle, we have three pubs/restaurants that each offer something different. But again Gunwharf and Port Solent have a wider choice.
What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?
Me, cook? No, I leave that to others that can cook and produce edible food, which is more than I would.
What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?
I’m not really a ‘pub’ goer as such, but it is always nice to go out and find somewhere that delivers a good quality meal at sensible prices and allows the dog in. Hampshire has such a fantastic and wide selection that it would be wrong to pick one out in particular.
Where’s good for a day out locally?
Living in the Portsmouth area we have such a wide diversity of history, country, culture, shopping and eating within a reasonable distance. A good day out is a visit to the Portsmouth Heritage Dockyard and the Spinnaker Tower. We also have the Queen Elizabeth Country Park for some of the best countryside.