Presenter: Alistair McGowan
The hugely versatile Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, actor, writer of jokes, plays and sketches, stand-up comedian and, latterly, pianist.
He is fondly remembered for his popular BAFTA-winning TV show The Big Impression, in which he impersonated everyone who was anyone in the early noughties. Alistair began his career by providing voices for the puppets on Spitting Image.
He has worked extensively in theatre and appeared in the West End in Art, Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors (for which he received an Olivier Award nomination). He worked at the RSC in Merry Wives: The Musical, has twice played Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion and received huge critical acclaim for his performance in the title role in An Audience with Jimmy Savile. He also sang in (and directed) The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance for Raymond Gubbay.
Alistair was a mainstay of BBC Radio 4 comedy shows during his early career and has written three plays for the network: Three Pieces In The Shape of A Pear, about Erik Satie; The Peregrinations of A Most Musical Irishman, about John Field; and The ‘B’ Word, about the first production of Pygmalion. He also wrote and performed a one-man stage play about Erik Satie, Erik Satie’s-faction.
His own piano ambitions reached new heights in 2018. Having gone back to the piano at the age of 49 (after reaching Grade 2 as a nine-year-old), he released The Piano Album, playing 17 short pieces by Satie, Liszt, Field, Chopin, Mompou et al, through Sony Classical. The album reached Number One in the classical chart.
In what is possibly a world first, he also tours The Piano Show, in which he plays 13 short pieces and intersperses them with stories about the composers and his trademark stand-up comedy and impressions.
He still works as comedian and over the last four years has toured the country with Jasper Carrott.
We are now taking bookings on restricted view tables
The Thames Valley Property Awards 2020 will culminate in a gala dinner at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Tickets are priced at £2,000 ex VAT for a table of 10, with individual tickets priced at £210 ex VAT. Some tables will have a restricted view of the stage, these are priced at £1,500 ex VAT for a table of 10, with individual tickets priced at £160 ex VAT.
The drinks reception is sponsored by Encore
Wine bottle necks sponsored by Jansons Property