Just William - Live!

Martin Jarvis performs a classic Richmal Crompton story for a packed audience at the Everyman Theatre as part of this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

Director: Pete Atkin Producer: Rosalind Ayres

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20140727 (BBC7)

A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy. Martin Jarvis plays all of Richmal Crompton's characters.

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A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy.

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A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy.

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Martin Jarvis performs two classic Richmal Crompton stories The Sweet Little Girl In White and William and the Princess Goldilocks.

William encounters the phenomenon that is Violet Elizabeth Bott, and he also visits the pantomime.

Recorded before a packed audience at the Everyman Theatre, as part of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature 2002, the characters in these stories are wonderfully protrayed by the definitive reader of Crompton's much loved stories.Violet Elizabeth Bott arrives in the scruffy schoolboy's life. Read by Martin Jarvis.

Violet Elizabeth Bott arrives in the scruffy schoolboy's life. Martin Jarvis plays all of Richmal Crompton's characters.

William is introduced to the phenomenon that is Violet Elizabeth Bott.

The Richmal Crompton story introducing Violet Elizabeth Bott.

Read by Martin Jarvis.

Read by Martin Jarvis at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

Violet Elizabeth Bott arrives in the scruffy schoolboy's life.

Martin Jarvis plays all of Richmal Crompton's characters.

Violet Elizabeth Bott arrives in the scruffy schoolboy's life. Read by Martin Jarvis.

Martin Jarvis performs a classic Richmal Crompton story, recorded live before a packed audience in Cheltenham.

Martin Jarvis performs a classic Richmal Crompton story, recorded live at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

The Richmal Crompton story introducing Violet Elizabeth Bott. Read by Martin Jarvis.

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A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy.

Martin Jarvis reads.

Martin Jarvis plays all of Richmal Crompton's characters.

A visit to the pantomime leads William by a convoluted route to a local hotel, and draws him into a farcical scenario worthy of the Marx Brothers.

A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy. Martin Jarvis plays all of Richmal Crompton's characters.

A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy. Martin Jarvis reads.

A panto visit sparks a surprise adventure for the scruffy schoolboy.

A visit to the pantomime leads William to a hotel and draws him into a scenario worthy of the Marx Brothers.

A visit to the pantomime leads William by a convoluted route to a local hotel, and draws him into a farcical scenario.

0201William And The Lost Tourist20031223

Martin Jarvis performs a classic Richmal Crompton story for a packed audience at the Everyman Theatre as part of this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

Director: Pete Atkin Producer: Rosalind AyresLearning a speech from Shakespeare proves unexpectedly useful in coming to the aid of a beautiful American visitor.

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The Brown family are at a loss as to how they can get rid of an unwanted house guest, until William hears some startling news from a nearby circus.

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Last May, as part of Winchester's Best of British Festival in celebration of the Jubilee, Martin Jarvis performed the first of two of Richmal Crompton's comic classics, live on-stage.

In William Holds the Stage, when an old boy of the school gives a lecture on Hamlet, William gets a somewhat confused idea that Shakespeare's plays were written by a man called Ham, and that Shakespeare poisoned Ham, and stole the plays and pretended he had written them. Then a man called Bacon got involved and possibly someone called Eggs as well.

When it's announced that the class will perform a scene from Hamlet in front of a live audience, William decides that, despite being cast as an attendant, he'd prefer to play the leading role himself. But things don't go entirely to plan.

A packed house at the Theatre Royal rocks with laughter as Jarvis performs William's hilariously inventive version of Shakespeare's masterpiece. Just William as 'stand-up'.

Performed by Martin Jarvis

Director: Rosalind Ayres.

A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Martin Jarvis performs a classic Richmal Crompton story at the Theatre Royal Winchester.

William wants to impress Dorinda.

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Last May, as part of Winchester's Best of British Festival in celebration of the Jubilee, Martin Jarvis performed the second of two of Richmal Crompton's comic classics, live on-stage.

In Aunt Arabelle in Charge, William and his faithful Outlaws (Ginger, Douglas and Henry) encounter a strangely complacent six year old who is staying in the village. This odious child turns out to be the hugely famous Anthony Martin, subject of his mother's best-selling books and poems.

The Outlaws need to redeem themselves in the admittedly short-sighted eyes of Ginger's journalist aunt. She, equally, is desperate to secure an exclusive interview with the child star. It's soon clear that this wonderfully constructed story is a brilliant parody of - who else - A.A. Milne's Christopher Robin.

The packed Winchester audience understood this at once. In Jarvis' inhabitation of both the smug infant and Ginger's aunt, the comedy is unremitting.

Can William sort this out and, incidentally, give the horrific child his just desserts? Blackmail is the answer, of course.

Performed by Martin Jarvis

Director: Rosalind Ayres

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

Martin Jarvis performs a classic Richmal Crompton story at the Theatre Royal, Winchester.

In 2012, as part of Winchester's Best of British Festival in celebration of the Jubilee, Martin Jarvis performed the second of two of Richmal Crompton's comic classics, live on-stage.

Can William sort this out and, incidentally, give the horrific child his just deserts? Blackmail is the answer, of course.

William and his faithful Outlaws encounter a strangely complacent six-year-old.

William meets a famous six-year-old.

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As a highlight of last year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Martin Jarvis performed the first of two Richmal Crompton comic classics, live on-stage.

In 'The Outlaws and The Triplets', Henry's mother demands he takes his baby sister out in her pram. The Outlaws loyally join him on this 'walk of shame'. The problem is that they end up with three babies and three prams. Which one is theirs?

A packed house rocks with laughter as Jarvis, genius of the spoken word, dazzles his audience with Just William as a 'stand-up' classic.

Performed by Martin Jarvis

Director: Rosalind Ayres.

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

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As a highlight of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in October, Martin Jarvis performed the second of two of Richmal Crompton's comic classics, live on-stage.

In The New Neighbour, William Brown is at his lateral-thinking best. How to rid the village of a horrific newcomer who torments his neighbours? William, master of human psychology, devises a brilliant plan. But, when the local policeman intervenes, will it work?

Dazzling stand-up from Jarvis - as William, and every other character. A comic tour de force.

Performed by Martin Jarvis

Director: Rosalind Ayres.

A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

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Martin Jarvis performs The Christmas Truce by Richmal Crompton for a live audience.

Martin Jarvis performs classic Richmal Crompton stories for a live theatre audience.

Martin Jarvis performs the first of two Just William stories by Richmal Crompton in front of an enthusiastic, invited audience at the Riverhouse Barn Theatre, Walton on Thames in Surrey.

In The Christmas Truce, William's arch-enemy Hubert Lane and his cronies sabotage William's Christmas party. William and his Outlaws are then forced by conniving mothers to attend Hubert's party in return. So can they execute a pleasing and satisfactory revenge?

Director: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.

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Martin Jarvis performs Violet Elizabeth Runs Away by Richmal Crompton for a live audience.

Martin Jarvis performs the second of two Just William stories by Richmal Crompton in front of an enthusiastic, invited audience at the Riverhouse Barn Theatre, Walton on Thames in Surrey.

In Violet Elizabeth Runs Away, Martin tells the tale of six year old control-freak Violet Elizabeth Bott and her determination to latch onto William Brown and his faithful friends, the Outlaws. If they don't let her stick with them following her escape from school, she'll "scweam and scweam and scweam 'til she's sick". She can too. Reluctantly, William allows her to spend the afternoon with them. But then fate takes an unexpected turn.

Director: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4.