The Essence of Audrey : the life story of Audrey Hepburn

Event Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

When: 25 Jun -
Friday 7:00 pm
Price: £10 per person

The Essence of Audrey is a new play written and performed by Helen Anker about the life of Audrey Hepburn.

Friday 25 June

Doors open: 6.45pm

Curtain up: 7.15pm

£10 per person


All she really wanted was to be loved and to find love…

Have you ever wondered what is behind the idyllic and seemingly perfect life of one of the world’s icons?

Audrey Hepburn was, and continues to be, an inspiration. A stunningly beautiful and modest actress, and a selfless humanitarian Ambassador of UNICEF. She proved to be one of those rare people who truly deserved
‘fashion icon’ status…

But what made her into the icon we think we know?
What was her life really like?

Join us on a journey to discover the truth behind those mesmeric eyes and tap into the essence of Audrey…

We’re delighted to announce a special event bonus for the evening: a welcome glass of fizz on arrival! AND, following the play, you’ll have the opportunity of joining a Q&A led by Helen about the play, her motivation and inspiration.

About Helen Anker

Helen Anker began performing professionally at the age of 9, playing the role of Louisa in the West End’s production of The Sound of Music starring Petula Clarke and Honor Blackman.​

She attended the highly prestigious Royal Ballet School for 5 years after which she realised that her true passion lay in Musical Theatre. She continued training at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts for 3 more years before starting a very exciting and successful career in musicals and plays in London’s West End including: 

  • Cats
  • Crazy For You
  • Oklahoma
  • Beautiful and Damned
  • Contact
  • On The Town
  • Candide
  • Parade
  • many Regional Productions including, A Chorus LineThe Thorn BirdsDames at Sea, and Let’s face the Music and Dance
  • and many Christmas Pantos

Helen has also played a role in the BBC’s Television series Holby City.

​In 2010 Helen moved to New York City to continue her career. She played the role of Miss Olson in Rob Ashford’s Broadway production of Promises Promises, with Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, and Tony Goldwyn. Following that Helen played lead roles in Regional Theaters around the country; some of her favorites are:

  • The 39 Steps
  • Curtains
  • Carousel
  • playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
  • Guinevere in Camelot

While in New York her TV roles included White CollarLaw and Order, and The Good Wife. You can also see her dancing on many opening numbers at the Tony Awards and The Oscars, and more recently in the films Cinderella and Ted 2

Helen recently moved back to the UK and landed the fabulous role of Tanya in the UK and International Tour of Mamma Mia! 

How wonderful this career is to experience so much and is forever changing! 

Helen Anker