Classic entertainment as Laurel takes to stage in West Acre

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Westacre Theatre will host two evenings of classic entertainment next weekend, when a one-man show transports audiences back to the days of Laurel and Hardy.

Artistic director Isobel Smith said “We are delighted to be welcoming Miles Gallant to Norfolk.

“He has been performing One Night: Stan for a while and finally we have been able to coincide dates and get him here! His performance, combined with the screenings, will make for a fantastically entertaining evening. We can’t wait!”

May 18, 1954, minutes before curtain up, Stan Laurel sits backstage at the Palace Theatre in Plymouth. Where is Oliver Hardy?

This one-man show takes audiences behind the dressing room door of one of the world’s first comedy superstars. Can he continue alone? Is this the end of the act? The decision is all the more pressing as there is an audience waiting, and a theatre manager rather keen for Stan to appear!

As he ponders his future, Stan is visited by memories of his father, former room-mate Charlie Chaplin – and Hardy himself.

Plus a screening of the classic Laurel and Hardy short, Big Business, accompanied by Charlie Williams on the piano and one of the boys best talkies Towed in a Hole.

Directed by Matt Grist, writer-performer Miles Gallant presents a portrait of Stan Laurel that celebrates the comedian’s greatness while acknowledging the demons and disappointments encountered during a remarkable career.

Miles Gallant said: “For years I’ve been hearing about Westacre Theatre. I keep bumping into people who know and love the place, so it’s a genuine thrill to be playing there at last. Stan Laurel’s roots were in the provincial theatre and so are mine. It’s where so much unheralded good work originates.”

Tickets are £16 each and are available from the box office on 01760 755800 or online at www.westacretheatre.com