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By Tom McGrath

Original music by Richard Sisson

"... a poignant and beautifully crafted theatrical tribute." The Stage

"...an outstanding production... Not to be missed!" British Theatre Guide

"...fascinating, moving and ultimately heart-warming piece of theatre." The Good Review****

"...funny, poignant and thought provoking – and many things besides." Henley Standard

Thu 13 Jun 2013 - Sat 20 Jul 2013

The lives and the laughs!

Watch an interview with the cast with a taste of what to expect during the show 

"Brilliant, brilliant and brilliant!"      "Really enjoyed this excellent show."

"...fantastic and masterful..."
     Audience comments

Applauded by audiences and critics around the world, this hugely successful play is touching, funny and often  surprising.  It tells the fascinating, behind the silver screen story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - the most successful movie double-act. As they recall their lives, the memories are interwoven with some of their best-loved sketches and songs in a high energy, continent-crossing journey.

Laurel and Hardy had an extraordinary influence of some of the world’s greatest comedians. They kept the world entertained with their slapstick, songs, pratfalls and most of all, their wit and boundless charm. But, like any partnership, there were squabbles as well as successes along the way. The Hollywood studio system, the girlfriends and wives, the theatre managers and unscrupulous producers are all conjured up at breakneck speed. From Vaudeville, through silent movies and the talkies, their moving and madcap life stories unfold. Standby for another fine mess of tears, smiles and the odd custard pie.

Watch an interview about the show with Director Paul Foster here

Performance running times
First Act:       55mins
Interval:         20 mins
Second Act:  45 mins

The Cast

Paul Bigley (Stan Laurel) was last seen at The Watermill in Love On The Tracks and most recently in The 39 Steps in the West End.

Gavin Spokes (Oliver Hardy) took over the lead role in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End.

Pianist Richard Sisson is a noted composer whose work includes The History Boys. He was also a consultant on Last Choir Standing for BBC 1.

Monday evening, Thursday and Saturday matinées
£14.50, £14
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings
Friday and Saturday evenings
£25, £23, £15.50

First week special
From Thursday 13 June to Tuesday 18 June (excluding Saturday evening)
Tickets £12
(no other discounts apply)

Backstage tour  Thursday 18 July at 12.30pm. Click here for further information.

© Image courtesy Everett Collection/Rex Features

Performance Times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm
(no matinée performance on Thursday 13 June)
Saturday 20 July performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm 

Directed by Paul Foster
Designed by Laura McEwen
Lighting designed by Richard Howell
Movement Director Drew McOnie
Assistant Director Erica Miller