Comedy legend Tommy Cooper visited Blackpool many times during a long and illustrious career – including summer seasons here . He even mentioned us in one of his jokes: I went to Blackpool on holiday and knocked at the first boarding house that I came to. A woman stuck her head out of an upstairs window and said ‘What do you want?’.
‘I’d like to stay here’
‘Ok. Stay there’. OK, so it doesn’t sound so funny in print, but told in the man’s deadpan voice, it would be hysterical – honestly!
Now the legend returns, with The Tommy Cooper Show playing at the Grand Theatre on September 4 and 5,. West End star Daniel Taylor takes the title role, with a supporting of Gareth Jones and Sharon Byatt.
Daniel is best known to audiences across the country for his role as Sammy in Blood Brothers, which played to sell-out audiences in theatres from Land’s End to Inverness in the National tour and in the West End. It’s a musical also close to the heart of Sharon Byatt, who plays Cooper’s loyal and loving wife Gwen. Sharon is the only actress to have played Mrs Johnstone, Mrs Lyons and Linda in the West End production of Blood Brothers.
Gareth Jones (you might remember him better as Gaz Top, of children’s television and science programmes How 2 and Get Fresh fame) plays Miff Ferrie, Tommy’s long suffering agent and manager.
Daniel’s portrayal of the showbusiness legend has won rave reviews – Paul Levy, Fringe Review Edinburgh 2014, said: ‘This is no mere impersonation. Taylor has nailed Cooper. He has brought him back to life.’ The Tommy Cooper Show promises to be a night to remember, packed with all the classic jokes and stories that made the man in the fez such a household name.
The Tommy Cooper Show, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, September 4 and 5. Tickets are £16, with concessions available. Call the Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk
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