...and this is my friend Mr. Laurel, starring Jeffrey Holland
Almost 3 years ago now Jeffery Holland fulfilled a long-time ambition when he trod the boards as one of the world’s best loved comedy stars, Stan Laurel. He portrayed his idol in a new one-man play ‘.And this is my friend Mr Laurel’ co-written by the award-winning playwright Gail Louw and Jeff himself.
To don the mantle of one of the world’s greatest comic idols is a daunting prospect for any actor but when that idol is one half of a pioneering screen double act and you are co writer of the script, the challenge rises to a whole new level.
Critics have described Holland's portrayal as a complete tour-de-force. Mr Holland brings Stan Laurel back to life giving us a touching insight into the man behind the comedian, a stark contrast to the image we grew to know and love.
The action takes place in the bedroom of Laurel’s stroke-stricken partner Oliver Hardy as Laurel visits his dying friend, recounting their successes and shortcomings. With original music and minimal props Holland, at given points, transcends into both the Laurel and Hardy characters we are more familiar with, depicting actual exchanges from their films and adding to the poignancy of it all. Humorous, revealing and enlightening, there are times it will be difficult to remember it isn’t the real Stan Laurel on stage.
- Tickets £19.20