A WORLD-RENOWNED cabaret performer is returning to the stage for a new show.

Ty Jeffries, best known for his onstage persona of Miss Hope Springs, will be performing at the Spiegeltent in the Old Steine, Brighton, on July 3 as part of the Brighton Fringe.

He will be performing his new cabaret show Miss Hope Springs: I've Been Around. The show will delve into some of Hope's experiences in the entertainment industry.

Ty, who lives in Newhaven, said: "It is one of my usual shows, I play the piano and sing, and I write all the songs.

"The show will be a completely original repertoire of vintage pop and movie soundtracks.

"It has a sort of quality from the Sixties and Seventies. The performance should take people on a trip to another era."

Some of the stories will include firm favourites from Miss Hope's archive, plus some newly-penned songs.

The Argus: Ty Jeffries and his alter ego Miss Hope SpringsTy Jeffries and his alter ego Miss Hope Springs

The Beaconsfield-born performer said: "Miss Hope is a fully rounded character, so there is some character comedy. She talks about her life and her pretty disastrous career, and her pretty disastrous love life.

"It has a broad spectrum; it has something for everyone. It is not your usual drag act; it has much more depth and nuance to it. It is a piece of musical theatre with a lot of added drama."

Miss Hope arrived in Ty's life after the death of his father in 2010. Ty's father, Lionel Jeffries, died at the age of 83. He had his own success in the entertainment industry and starred in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Railway Children.

Ty said: "He was a very famous character actor; Miss Hope Springs, though, is entirely separate to me and stands on her own two feet.

  • The Argus: Ty Jeffries aged six and his father Lionel Jeffries, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang BangTy Jeffries aged six and his father Lionel Jeffries, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

"There is some crossover due to my inspirations of golden age Hollywood, and it is evident in my work. I love the style of performance of Edith Piaf, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland."

Ty is looking forward to playing in Brighton again, having lived in the area for the past 20 years.

"I have performed all over the world, but I've got a great fondness of Brighton.

"I love it, I wanted to do some shows close to home. Brighton Fringe is where I started ten years ago."