Ronald Harwood is a man of many talents, with an Oscar and a BAFTA firmly under his belt, you don’t get that far by giving away secrets. Nor will he reveal anything about the evening he is hosting at the Royal Marines Museum on June 24.
A playwright, screenwriter and author whose work spans five decades he agreed to do that show because his great granddaughter attends Portsmouth Grammar School.
He said: ‘I was inviteded to a dinner and the headmaster...well they talked me into it I think.’
‘I’m not telling you anything though.’
‘I have visited Portsmouth before. I went for dinner on a ship, and they entertained us in the harbour on a 19th century ship. We had a lovely dinner, it was about six months ago.’
Although he may not be giving anything away, he did hint at a question and answer session afterwards. However, when talking about the Oscar he won for Best Writing of an Adapted Screenplay for The Pianist in 2002 he is proud.
Harwood added: ‘Winning the oscar was a lovely thing. The success of my play that was very nice and my knighthood I had not long ago. It’s wonderful, I was very honoured.
‘Prizes are a sign of your advances in your career. I keep it above my desk so when I’m stuck I can look up at it and think well I did do that, so I will be fine.’
Tickets: (£8) Portsmouth fesitivities (023) 9282 6722 or portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.