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Morecambe, The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Published by: Paul Tyree on 9th Apr 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

Morecambe - The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Morecambe, the tale of an  unknown comic called Eric is here told in a one man show expertly and wonderfully performed by Bob Golding (who was nominated for a Larry Oliver award, don’t you know).

I jest, of course, as the story of Eric Morecambe the comedian that so many of us in Britain have grown up with and loved for years is largely a familiar one. That isn’t to say that there aren’t some surprises along the way, as there are, but it is precisely that familiarity with the story and the material that contributes to this shows success.

Of course, any one man show is going to ask a lot of the performer in question, but in particular a one man show  where the subject is so well known and loved throughout the land as Eric Morecambe. Luckily Bob Golding is absolutely sublime in the role and many times you forget you’re watching an actor at all and suddenly it becomes Eric Morecambe simply recounting the story of his life.

And what a life it was,  lived for the amusement of others, his generosity of spirit, ultimately contributing to his own end, but it is the laughter that is remembered about him most of all in a story that takes us from his very beginnings to his tragic untimely end. Even that, however is dealt with in a funny and touching way, perfectly in keeping with the wonderfully amusing tone of the piece.

The writing by Tim Whitnall is expertly done and this show feels as if there is not a syllable out of place. Whilst this is in essence a biopic, as an audience you are never more than 30 seconds away from a laugh.

You may be thinking where’s Ernie in all of this, but worry not as his short fat hairy legs are ever present and he’s as reliably wooden as ever.

Undoubtedly what makes this one man show stand head and shoulders above the rest is the care that has been taken in all areas of this production, from the set, the props, the script and especially the performance. If you can possibly get a ticket to this show I would heartily recommend that you do so.

An evening spent in the company of Eric Morecambe is still one of the best nights in the theatre that you’ll ever have.

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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. High praise indeed!
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