Comic Drama Offers Touching Insight Into Iconic Laurel And Hardy Partnership
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015
The relationship between the two stars behind one of the world’s greatest comedy double acts is the subject of a critically acclaimed one-man comedy show at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Thursday 8 October at 7.30pm.
Starring Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi and You Rang M’Lord), …And this is my friend Mr Laurel is about friendship, memories and a couple of remarkable lives. Set in the bedroom of a sick Oliver Hardy, the show takes place during Laurel’s visit to the dying man.
Recounting their past success as the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.
Jeffrey Holland has become a well-known face in some of the UK’s most iconic television shows including Dixon of Dock Green, Are You Being Served, Crossroads, Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum. His breakthrough role was as Spike Dixon, the camp comic at the Maplin's Holiday Camp, in Hi-de-Hi! in which he appeared with Paul Shane and Su Pollard. He was also a regular performer in Russ Abbot's Madhouse before going on to appear once again with Paul Shane and Su Pollard in You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching! - two hugely popular sitcoms which were also penned by David Croft and Jimmy Perry, the writers of Hi-de-Hi!
Jeffrey has been a Laurel and Hardy fan since a child, beginning as a small boy at the Saturday morning cinema house. He is an honorary member of the official Laurel and Hardy appreciation society - The Sons of the Desert - and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pair.
…And this is my friend Mr Laurel is written by Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland and is produced by KPS Productions and The Finishing Touch Company. It premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and has now embarked on a major UK tour, which has received excellent reviews.
“Spellbinding and magically, timelessly funny.” The Stage
“This touching one-man show does a lot to display the deep affection and loyalty the two men felt for each other.” BroadwayBaby.com
“Holland’s lifelong dream of playing Stan Laurel is sensitively realised in this one-man show.” Edinburgh Evening News
“Incredibly insightful and poignant, thanks to a controlled and powerful central performance.” The Public Reviews