The Career of Caroline Fields.
Caroline Fields has had a very successful career in the entertainment
Caroline studied at Leeds College of Music and went on to gain a degree in Drama and Performing Arts at Bradford University.
As a performer she tours extensively throughout the UK making concert, cabaret and summer season appearances. She is a seasoned Pantomime performer having taken principal roles in over twenty pantomimes. She has appeared on 'Friday Night is Music Night' at Golder's Green Hipodrome and made numerous appearances on 'The Good Old Days' at the World Famous City Varieties Music Hall in her home town of Leeds.
Over the years she has appeared with fellow artistes Michael Ball, Frank Carson, Johnny Casson, Norman Collier, Jimmy Cricket, Melvyn Hayes, Ronnie Hilton, Roy Hudd, John Inman, Danny La Rue, Denis Lotis and Frankie Vaughan. She also frequently appears in Paris at The Theatre de Paris and at many of the larger hotels.
As an actor she has played most major theatres in productions ranging from operetta to classical and modern drama. Her first principal role, as Grete at the age of 15 in Ivor Novello's 'The dancing Years' at Leeds Grand Theatre, remaining one of her favourites.
In 2004 Caroline was asked to take over the role of Joyce Grenfell in 'The Best Of Joyce Grenfell'
for the Derek Grant Organisation and toured extensively throughout the UK, Scotland and Ireland until 2010.
Accompanied by David Carter (formerly Danny La Rue's Musical Director) this was critically acclaimed, so much so that in 2012 Caroline was asked to revive her role. This played again to theatres up and down the country and finished with a personal request from Cleo Laine and Johnnie Dankworth to appear at their own theatre, 'The Stables' in Wavendon, Milton Keynes.
Caroline was pleased to spend time with them both after the show where some photo's were taken. These were some of the last photo's taken in public of Johnnie as he sadly died a few weeks later.
Whilst touring, 'The Best Of Joyce Grenfell' Caroline went into the dressing room of the then touring Company Manager, Spencer K. Gibbins, to ask if he would "Like a cuppa and a biccie?". Spencer was on his mobile to someone in London who overheard the conversation and who remarked that
I sounded more like Gracie Fields than Gracie herself. (I decided that he didn't know his Yorkshire from his Lancashire but forgave him as he was taking about the Wonderful Gracie!).
I went along to the Managers office where we were appearing and asked if he would be interested in
a show based on the life and music of Gracie Fields - "Yes" was the reply. At home I rang round a few more theatres who all said, "Yes, it would appeal to the older generation".
So, 'The Life and Songs of Gracie Fields" was born. This took me two years to formulate, research her life and musical history, write and source the music - I sang every one of her well-known songs plus a few folk didn't know. My musical friend Guy Holloway of The Holloways (Pat and Guy - who both played marimba) helped me alter some of the music to create medleys and musical interludes. There was plenty of audience participation in this two hour show which ran for almost three years and involved almost one hundred performances.
Television credits include Marilyn in 'Stay Lucky' with Dennis Waterman for YTV, Flora in 'Dark Angel' with Peter O'Toole and Princess of Romania in 'Buccaneer' partnering Michael Kitchen - both BBC. Three years ago she appeared as herself in two 'fly on the wall' documentaries called 'Landladies' for Carlton Television, filmed in Skegness at The Embassy Theatre during her summer season there. Film credits include 'Wall of Tyrany' for Columbia Pictures and 'Stiff Upper Lips' - the 1998 feature film with Peter Ustinov and Prunella Scales. For six years Caroline played the part of Mrs. Tibbit in the BBC 1 Drama Series 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
Caroline says one of her greatest honours was to be chosen to represent Great Britain in The Gibraltar Song Festival - singing a song in Italian pened by the well-known South African composer Henry Ross - now living in Holland!! Caroline is President and a Patron of The Derby and Nottingham Music Hall Association - alongside Duggie Chapman, Jack Seaton, Bernie Clifton and Ken Dodd.
Whilst her preference is for live music and performance, she has a very successful recording career and records on the Scorpus Label. She enjoys reading and has a Batchelor of Arts (hons) Degree with the Open University.
When work allows, Caroline's favourite form of relaxation is 'playing out' in the garden organically growing the family's 'veggies' which means she has a lot of friends - whitefly, greenfly, blackfly and the biggest slimiest snails you ever saw!
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