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Wisdom of a Fool - LOST Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JACK Lane’s acclaimed emotional roller-coaster one-man play about comedian Norman Wisdom, Wisdom of a Fool, visits LOST Theatre from March 8 to March 11, 2017, as part of a UK tour.

Norman Wisdom dominated British film and theatre during the 1950s, playing to packed audiences across the country. For more than six decades his warmth and boundless energy won the hearts of millions. His cloth cap, ill-fitting suit and classic underdog character led Charlie Chaplin to describe him as his ‘favourite clown’.

In Wisdom of a Fool, Jack Lane takes audiences behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army, Wisdom discovered a passion for comedy; and the world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraced his manic slapstick routine, catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen, including the hit song, Don’t Laugh at Me, sealed his fame. But fame came at a price…

Jack Lane plays 30 characters throughout this tour de force performance. The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.

LOST Theatre are also presenting, with the BFI, a long-thought “lost” episode of Norman Wisdom’s variety show before the Saturday matinee of Wisdom of a Fool, introduced by Richard Dacre and followed by a Q and A with Dacre and Jack Lane.

In 2010, Jack Lane founded Engine Shed Theatre Company and went on to adapt three episodes and two Christmas specials of the classic BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son, which met with approval from the original writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Lane took the role of Albert Steptoe whilst producing and designing the productions.

Tickets: £20 – available by calling 020 7720 6897 or visiting

Times: Wednesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 3pm.