Morecambe returns to Hertfordshire stage
A new production of an Olivier Award-winning West End hit about one of Britain’s best-loved comedians can be seen in Hertfordshire next week.
Morecambe, starring St Albans’ Alban Arena pantomime favourite Bob Golding, arrives at the Gordon Craig Theatre, in Stevenage, for performances on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1.
On May 28, 1984, Harpenden resident Eric Morecambe died suddenly from a heart attack.
Seven years previously, in 1977, The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special attracted 28 million viewers – half the entire population of the UK at the time.
In the 30 years since Eric Morecambe’s untimely death, his popularity has not waned.
With numerous tribute programmes, TV re-runs and DVD releases, his work, as one half of Britain’s most popular double act, has been kept alive and introduced to a whole new generation of fans.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Morecambe’s passing, a new production of a play that celebrates the life of the man who played all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order, is touring the country.
From Morecambe Pier to ‘André Preview’, from the last days of music-hall to Glenda Jackson, Morecambe offers a moving and gloriously funny portrait of the affectionate lad with the funny bones, the big-hearted perfectionist, the born entertainer.
This new production of Tim Whitnall’s hit show once again stars Golding, who was nominated in the Olivier Award ‘Best Actor in an Entertainment’ category for his extraordinary portrayal of the man who brought us sunshine.
The play’s revival is directed by Paul Hendy and designed by Julia Bunce, with Eric’s son, Gary Morecambe, as associate producer.
Gary said: “Bob is a family friend, and never fails to astonish us with his knowledge and understanding of my father, Eric Morecambe.
“On stage, his performance captures the spirit of Eric, and cleverly delivers the important bits of his story in a whistle-stop tour of his life that is quite astounding to behold.
“I never get bored watching him in full ‘Eric’ flow, and am delighted to be a small part of the team bringing back this unique performance to theatres around the country.”
The original production of Morecambe was awarded the Oliver Award for ‘Best Entertainment’ in 2010.
The show starts at 7.45pm and tickets cost £21.50, £19 and £16.