Britt Ekland: Britt on Britt
A Swedish sexagenarian’s exploits
This article is from 2008.
‘Who is Britt Ekland?’ So the former Bond girl and one-time wife of Peter Sellers begins her frank and surprisingly funny whistle stop tour of her enchantingly colourful life. Offering glimpses of the young starlet who entranced the likes of Rod Stewart and Lou Adler, Ekland is endearing precisely because she refuses to take herself too seriously. She’s a captivating stage presence too.
Clearly a woman with a strong awareness of her limitations, Ekland – formerly plain old Britt-Marie Eklund – candidly acknowledges that few people have heard of the more than 100 feature films she’s starred in. It’s this sense of self-awareness that could persuade even someone who isn’t particularly a fan of the Swedish siren’s work to root for her. As images of Britts through the ages flash on to the giant screen that forms the centrepiece of the simple set, the show pleasantly teeters between the star’s self-effacing take on wedding day footage and old movies, and a veritable Who’s Who of familiar names, as a life of almost incomparable star acquaintances is revealed.
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 20), 6.30pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.50–£10.50).