Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Solo show captures the spirit of Stan the man

An actor’s life provides strange twists and turns. At the height of his fame in the television comedy, Jeffrey Holland was asked to open the Laurel and Hardy museum in Cumbria where the world famous comic was born.

They knew he was a fan of the Englishman who had emigrated to become one half of the best-known comedy double-acts in film history and Jeffrey was delighted to do the honours in Ulverston.

That was back in 1983 ... fast forward more than 30 years and Jeffrey is now playing the role of his comic inspiration in a one-man show that comes to the Kenton Theatre on March 29.

“I know, a one-man show about a double act sounds a bit different but it is set in the room where Oliver Hardy is lying after suffering a stroke in 1956 and is visited by Stan,” says Jeffrey for whom the play is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.

“I am a great believer in things coming together and I met Gail Louw, the woman who has written the dialogue and she asked ‘are you are the man who wants to do the play about Stan Laurel?’

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