Highly acclaimed for their uncanny portrayal of the legendary comedy duo, Morecambe & Wise, talented actors Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens return as Eric & Ern with their brilliant stage show … on a UK tour from 2nd February to 26th May.
Kicking off the 2020 tour with two nights at The Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End on 2nd and 9th February and starring musical theatre legend, Ruthie Henshall, this wonderful show is full of renditions of the most famous Morecambe & Wise comedy sketches. Coupled with contemporary references in their unique style, the performances evoke memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings to share in the much-loved antics of Britain’s national treasures.
As seen on BBC One’s The One Show, BBC One’s Children In Need and ITV1’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show as well as being heard on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Show, the performances also contain some of the first new writing in the style of Morecambe & Wise material in over 30 years.
Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens have been performing and writing as Eric & Ern for more than five years. The research into their subjects is there for all to see in their staggeringly accurate portrayal of the most successful and much loved British comedy duo of all time. Ian and Jonty put so much love into this warm homage that they proudly secured a wonderful relationship with the families and estates of Morecambe & Wise – with all scripts shared and agreed before being performed.
Ian and Jonty met at drama school over thirty years ago and continued their friendship playing golf together at The Stage Golf Society in Richmond. When Jonty was asked to play Eric at a charity show he knew that with his diminutive stature, Ian would be the perfect Ernie Wise. Having brought the house down the two then wrote some ‘bespoke’ material for their friends at the golf club.
2nd and 9th February London, Duke of York’s Theatre
11th and 12th February Nottingham, The Playhouse
13th February Stratford, The Stratford Playhouse
14th February Harrogate, The Harrogate Theatre
27th February London, The Richmond Theatre
29th February Yeovil, Octagon Theatre
1st March Bristol, Redgrave Theatre
2nd March Hornchurch, The Queen’s Theatre
17th March Aldershot, Princes Hall
19th March Bury St. Edmunds, The Apex Theatre
20th March Milton Keynes, The Stables
21st March St Albans, The Albans Arena
27th March Cannock, Prince of Wales Theatre
29th March Peterborough, The New Theatre
30th March – 1st April Flintshire, Theatre Clwyd
2nd April Sale, The Waterside Theatre
24th April Reading, The Hexagon Theatre
24th April Crawley, The Hawth Theatre
28th April Stamford, The Corn Exchange
29th April Ipswich, The New Wolsey Theatre
30th April Maidstone, The Hazlitt Theatre
1st May Lichfield, The Garrick Theatre
2nd May Lincoln, The Theatre Royal
25th May Lancaster, The Grand Theatre
26th May Chesterfield, The Pomegranate
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