HE may be known to TV viewers as one of the BBC’s Grumpy Old Men, but Rick Wakeman is preparing to show his softer side when he visits the Mill at Sonning later this month.
The keyboard wizard, who enjoyed five spells with prog rock giants Yes between 1971 and 2004, will be donning his trademark cape for a night of fun and fundraising in aid of Hong Kong-based charity the Animals Asia Foundation.
“An Evening with Rick Wakeman” gets under way at the Sonning Eye venue at 6pm on Sunday, May 14.
Dinner will be served from 6.15pm till 8pm and the show starts at 8.15pm.
The master of ceremonies for the evening will be Downton Abbey and Grantchester star Peter Egan.
The veteran actor, whose film roles include the 1981 best picture Oscar winner Chariots of Fire, was the first artistic director of the Mill at Sonning when it opened its doors in 1982.