Eric and Little Ern transfers to the W/E
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING its success at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Morecambe and Wise tribute show, Eric and Little Ern, will transfer to the West End – to the Vaudeville Theatre where it will play a limited season from November 19, 2013 to January 12, 2014.
Created and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, Eric and Little Ern recreates some of the best-known moments from a vast archive of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise television and stage performances.
Just weeks before his death in May of this year, the show’s producers were granted rare permission by Eddie Braben, Morecambe and Wise’s long-time collaborator, to feature favourite moments from his writing.
These, together with classic material licensed from the estate of Hills and Green who wrote for the duo early in their career, plus new material created by the performers, result in what is described as a brilliant comedy that recreates the all-ages appeal of Morecambe and Wise in their heyday.
Morecambe and Wise were a British comic double act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television. Their Christmas specials became as much a part of the festive season as mince pies and Christmas pudding. Their partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe’s death in 1984.
Eric and Little Ern is directed by Owen Lewis, with designs by Simon Scullion and lighting by Tim Mascall.
The Ladykillers continues at the Vaudeville Theatre until November 16, 2013.