Sunshine and laughter at Bath

ONE of the West End’s biggest comedy hits, The Play What I Wrote, a homage to Morecambe and Wise, will bring sunshine and laughter to Bath Theatre Royal, from 12th to 22nd January.

Now in its 20th anniversary year, the show is famous for having a mystery guest star at every show – including Tom Hiddleston, Ralph Fiennes, Dawn French, Ewan McGregor, Denise Welch, Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue and Glenn Close.

On its West End debut, The Play What I Wrote had rave reviews and won every major theatre award – The Sunday Times called it “a triumph” and The Observer said “audiences weep with laughter”.

Morecambe and Wise, otherwise known as Eric and Ernie, were the country’s favourite and funniest ever double-acts – their BBC Christmas specials were the highlight of the festive season for millions of viewers.

Starring Dennis Herdman, Mitesh Soni and Thom Tuck, this new production is directed by double Olivier Award winner Sean Foley, who co-wrote and starred in the sell-out West End and Broadway productions 20 years ago.

The Play What I Wrote was written and created by Sean Foley, Hamish McColl and Eddie Braben, who was Morecambe and Wise’s greatest scriptwriter.

Like the original Morecambe and Wise shows, there is a play within a play, and every show features a mystery guest star. Thom has written a new play, an epic set in the French Revolution called A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple. He is desperate to get it on. Dennis on the other hand, wants to continue with their double act, but first he needs to persuade a guest star to appear in the play what Thom wrote…

Photographs by Manuel Harlan.