Set in the bedroom of an ailing Oliver Hardy, this one-act play by Gail Louw and Jeffrey Holland takes place during Stan Laurel’s visit to the dying man.  Recounting their past successes as the double-act Laurel & Hardy, this is a humorous and touching look at one of the great cinematic partnerships of the last century.

Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire, in 1890 to theatrical parents, who were not keen for him to follow them into a career on the boards.  Stan, however, had other plans and aged only sixteen he made his theatrical debut at the Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow.  After a  few years learning the trade, he embarked with the Fred Karno troupe to the USA where he stayed to pursue  a career in the movies.  He eventually bumped into a young Oliver Hardy and a bond was formed that was to last over a quarter of  a century.  Laurel and Hardy soon became known as the finest comedy double act of their generation and are loved the world over to this day.

jeffrey holland 1Jeffrey Holland (born Jeffrey Parkes on 17 July 1946) is an English actor well known for roles in television sitcoms, as well as BBC Radio comedy, including Week Ending.  Educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall, he joined an amateur theatre company and worked at a wine merchants and in the office of a manufacturing company before becoming a professional actor.  He appeared in Dixon of Dock GreenAre You Being Served, Crossroads, Dad’s Army and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum before breaking through to public fame in the role of Spike Dixon, the camp comic at the Maplin’s holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!.

This show has been a sell-out all over the country and fulfils a lifelong ambition for Jeff, who has been a fan of Laurel and Hardy from an early age and is a well known to Laurel and Hardy fan clubs throughout the world.

As a special treat for Islanders, Jeff will come back to the Apollo stage after the interval to host a question and answer session about his own life and career.

Tickets are £10 and can be reserved by calling 01983 304130 (NOT 527267), or booked online at www.wegottickets.com/originaltheatre

 

 

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