Drama that delves behind the façade of the double act
A PLAY about the work, lives and loves of one of the world’s most famous comedy duos opens at the
A PLAY about the work, lives and loves of one of the world’s most famous comedy duos opens at the Watermill next week.
Laurel & Hardy gives a glimpse behind the scenes of the partnership, and the action is interwoven with some of their comedy sketches, slapstick and dance routines set to original music.
Paul Bigley, who plays Stan Laurel, has just finished playing one of the leading parts in The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End. Gavin Spokes, who plays Oliver Hardy, has recently appeared in a number of plays in London’s National Theatre.
Director Paul Foster said: “Laurel & Hardy’s appeal spans the generations and seems to tap into people’s memories of their childhood, of sharing laughter with their parents and grandparents. Stan and Ollie’s popularity spread right around the world and the play is a loving and zany portrait of their lives and times.
“Along the way the audience encounters some of the many women in their lives, the studio executives, theatre managers and people who played a part in their amazing story.
“We’ve got two brilliant actors who can handle the clowning and occasional sadness, and pianist Richard Sisson has written some fantastic music which really conjures up the excitement and mayhem of the silent movies, as well as the talkies, alongside some tunes the pair made famous, including the Cuckoo song.”
* Laurel & Hardy runs at the Watermill from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, July 20. Visit www.watermill.org.uk for details and tickets.