Saturday 29th July 2017. Starts at 8pm. Venue and bar open at 7.15pm.
Searchlight Theatre Company presents Mr Laurel & Mr Hardy
When it comes to comedy double acts none have come as close or endured as long as Laurel and Hardy. This new play, set during their 1950s UK tour, allows the boys to reflect on their friendship and incredible career, and will also include their best-loved songs and routines. Searchlight received four-star and five-star reviews with their show on Noel Coward last year, and are delighted to be back in the company of their comedy heroes. Laurel and Hardy are consistently voted the best comedy double act of all time for their timeless and ageless appeal.
David Leeson and Colin Alexander provide heartfelt moments of warmth and affection as they take the audience on a journey through the later years of Laurel and Hardy’s stage careers. Leeson and Alexander don’t attempt to recreate a direct impersonation of Laurel and Hardy on stage, recognising that the magic that this comic duo had is hard to emulate. Instead the play is portrayed though the eyes of two stage hands that were present on Laurel and Hardy’s 1950 Tour of British Music Halls.
Reminiscing about the duos performances and reminding the audience of memorable routines including the Blue Ridge Mountains dance and musical renditions including “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”. Thus providing the opportunity for both actors to play to their strengths. Alexander showcasing his notable singing skills through renditions of Hardy’s songs from the Deep South and Leeson keeping the laughs coming through quick witted humour.
The show reaches a poignant moving conclusion as the final years and eventual deaths of both Laurel and Hardy are portrayed. The fondness that both Leeson and Alexander have for the characters and the special bond that Laurel and Hardy had with each other shines through with honest profound emotion.
For anyone who has an interest in Laurel and Hardy this is a must see.
Saturday 29th July at 8pm.
Tickets cost £10 (UGT members £9).
or buy at the UGT on Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm,
or whenever the theatre is open,
or from Eastbourne Tourist Information
or from Online Ticket Seller on 0800 772 3321
or, if still available, on the door.
The venue has no wheelchair access but a Hearing Loop is available on request.