My Weekend: Tony Adams

King Egbert the Oval played by Tony Adams in ''Sleeping Beauty - the Christmas 2013 pantomine production at The Kings Theatre''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133475-2167)

King Egbert the Oval played by Tony Adams in ''Sleeping Beauty - the Christmas 2013 pantomine production at The Kings Theatre''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133475-2167)

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Actor Tony Adams can be seen on stage at Southsea’s Kings Theatre, playing King Egbert the Oval in Sleeping Beauty. The former Crossroads star is 74 and lives in Brighton.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

It was October last year. Having done an extended tour from May, I took myself off to Kalkan in Turkey. It was absolutely magic.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

At the age of 74, I haven’t done and don’t do gigs or concerts sadly.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

It was a Globe touring production from London.

And the last book you read?

A book by chef Elizabeth Falkner. I like books set in Spain, Italy or France. It is my way of getting away from this climate. When you read it you can almost smell and taste the food.

What was the last film you saw?

Les Miserables. I thought the film was fantastic, although I didn’t enjoy the stage show.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love eating and drinking.

What do you watch on TV?

This is absolutely true. Walking along the promenade at Weston-super-Mare, Noel Coward said to me: ‘Tony dear, television is never ever to be watched. Only to be seen on!’

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

See above.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Richard Branson. I admire where he is coming from and where he has got to. And he used to watch Crossroads!

Where do you shop?

Usually it’s the shop that’s nearest. For me it is down 
to convenience. If there is an Asda nearby, then that answers all the questions.

Where do you eat out?

Our local club in Rottingdean, which is just outside Brighton. It offers plain, simple, good food, which is exactly what I like.

What’s your signature dish?

Steak casserole. The problem is that it makes the house smell of garlic and beef before, during and 
after I’ve cooked it. It’s very tasty though.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

I don’t generally like pubs, but I have to say that I do like the Phoenix here in Southsea.

What’s good for a day out locally?

I really like Horsham. It has a variety of shops which are not chains which makes 
it far more interesting 
and attractive than other places.

And what about a trip further afield?

The Isle of Wight. I know that doesn’t sound very exotic but really feel I have got away when I go there. I think it’s down to the mere fact of 
getting on a ferry, getting on the water and waving goodbye.

Do you have any hobbies?

When my dog was alive I loved to take him out for walks. Now I’m afraid it’s eating and drinking.

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