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Tristram Shandy

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STEPHEN Oxley will play 18th century raconteur Tristram Shandy in Tristram Shandy Conception, Cock & Bull, an acclaimed 21st century stand-up adaptation of the famous novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Gentleman by Laurence Sterne, 250 years after it was first published.

Tristram Shandy Conception, Cock & Bull will be performed at the St. James Studio for five days – from Tuesday, June 10 to Saturday, June 14, 2014.

I will lay open a story to the World you little dream of.

As Tristram regales his audience with tales of his own conception and birth, his domineering, opinionated father and the love affair of Toby, his gentle, battle-re-enacting uncle with the voluptuous Widow Wadman, Sterne’s ground-breaking literary creation is brought vividly to life with all the wit, digressive humour and bawdiness of the original.

Dr Johnson found the novel “odd” and “sordid” but it was hugely popular and has remained a favourite of generations of writers, comedians and philosophers ever since.

Tristram Shandy Conception, Cock & Bull was was originally directed by Brian Croucher and revived in 2013 for the Face to Face Festival, directed by Felicity Dean and produced by Colin Watkeys. It also had performances celebrating Laurence Sterne’s Tercentenary in York and London.

The new production is again directed by Felicity Dean and produced by Face to Face.

Tickets: £22.50/£12 – available from the box office on 0844 264 2140 or online at

Time: 7.45pm.

Also at St. James Studio: The London premiere of Picture Perfect: A New Musical, starring Helen Hobson and Jerome Pradon.