Iconic stage and screen star Dame Julie Andrews will return to the U.K. for a tour of speaking engagements entitled An Evening with Julie Andrews. The announcement comes after a recent sell-out six city tour in Australia and New Zealand. The star is set to play the NIA in Birmingham May 24, 2014, followed by EchoTwo in Liverpool May 27 and London's Hammersmith Apollo May 30 and 31.
This musical legend will discuss her real life princess diaries and give insight into her more than 65 years in show business. Andrews said in a statement: "It is a great joy for me to be returning to my home country. I look forward to sharing stories of my career and providing the audience with a few extra nuggets that may not have been seen before."
Andrews made her Broadway debut at the age of 19 in The Boyfriend. She then went on to create the role of Eliza Doolittle in the stage production of My Fair Lady and subsequently Guinevere in Camelot. She received an Academy award for Best Actress in her first film, Mary Poppins, and was nominated for her performance as Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. In 1989 she became the first actress to be given the special Tribute award of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. During the course of her career she has also won five Golden Globe awards; two for being the world’s favorite actress and one for her performance in the film Victor/Victoria, a role she reprised on stage for the Broadway production in 1995. In 2000 Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame Commander of the British Empire.