Friday 6 June 2014

Morecambe @ Theatre Severn

*Bring Me Sunshine*
I go to the theatre nowhere near as much as I'd like to, so when my mum won some tickets for a show recently, I was only too happy to accept an invitation. Even more so when the show in question was Morecambe, a stage production which tells the story of Eric Morecambe.

The show follows Eric's journey to stardom, and impressively only features the acting skills of Bob Golding throughout the entire two acts. I was unsure what to expect because of this, and wondered how the production would work with only one person playing all the parts, but all doubts were soon blown away. Golding was brilliant as Morecambe, and managed to pick up on all of Morecambe's mannerisms. I feared that it would stray into impersonation territory, but it never did, and Golding remained believable as half of the famous double act.

As well as telling the story of Eric and Ernie's success, the show also portrays the highs and lows of Eric's life off stage, from his early days in music hall, to marriage, his service during WWII and his battle with a heart condition. As a huge fan of Morecambe and Wise, it saddens me when anybody seems to give the one more praise than the other, and was apprehensive that this would be the case here. However, Ernie featured heavily throughout the show, which I think was a great reminder of the great friendship between the two men.

All in all, it was a very funny, emotional and clever production, and ended with the largest and loudest standing ovation that I've ever been a part of. I would highly recommend this to any fan of Morecambe and Wise in a heartbeat, and it has to truly be one of the best performances I've ever seen.

FYI, this is not a sponsored post, I just enjoyed Morecambe so much I had to share it with you here. You can still catch the tail end of the tour across Britain - more information here

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