Steptoe and Son scrap retirement to continue Herculean UK Tour into 2018

Steptoe & Son. Images Jack Lovett.

Steptoe and Son is to embark on a new leg of a national tour marking 56 years since the very first broadcast of the classic BBC TV sitcom.

The comedy opens its 2018 run at London’s Museum of Comedy on January 25 before taking to the road for a spring tour until the end of April.

The cast is headed by Jeremy Smith and John Hewer as Albert Steptoe and son Harold.

Jeremy trained at the National Youth Theatre and was also a member of The Young Vic Company and has toured in several productions ranging from farce to Shakespeare.

John Hewer works as a writer and director, but is best known for his iconic portrayal of Tommy Cooper in “Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show” and for his performance as Tony Hancock in “Hancock’s Half Hour – The Lost Episodes”.

Steptoe and Son ran for eight series from 1962-1974 and spawned two films and several guest appearances. It is fondly remembered as one of the greatest and funniest comedies of its time.

Telling the story of two warring rag-and-bone-men in their Shepherd’s Bush scrap yard home, Albert and Harold became household favourites across generations and still they continue to entertain audiences today.

One proclaims he’s a “a poor old man” while the other protests that he’s actually “a dirty old man!” In fact, both are telling the truth.

This new stage show, from Hambledon Productions, has the backing and support of the original writers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

The company has been granted exclusive access to the entire ‘Steptoe and Son’ archive to adapt a range of episodes for the stage in this nostalgic but fresh recreation of original episodes.

Ray Galton said: “The affection for the original shines through in this fine production. The performances are marvellous!”

The show features the classic episodes: Divided We Stand, Men of Letters and Come Dancing and excerpts from The Bath and Steptoe and Son – and Son.

TOUR DATES

25 – 28 January, Museum of Comedy London
2 February, Coalville Century Theatre
3 February, Stamford Corn Exchange
24 February, New Theatre Royal Lincoln
25 February,The Neverland Theatre Skegness
3 March, Skipton Little Theatre
9 March, Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster
10 March,Coronational Hall Ulverston
11 March, Penistone Paramount
14 March, Epstein Theatre Liverpool
16 March, Darwen Library Theatre Blackpool
17 March, Millgate Arts Centre Delph
18 March, Phoenix Theatre Castleford
23 March, Doncaster Little Theatre
24 March, Robin Hood Theatre Newark
25 March, Nuneaton Abbey Theatre
3 April, Alnwick Playhouse
4 April, Queen’s Hall Hexham
5 April, Live @ The Library Oldham
6 April, Otley Courthouse
7 April, Bishop Auckland Town Hall
8 April,Lancaster Grand
11 April, The Seagull Theatre Lowestoft
12 April, The Fisher Theatre Bungay
13 April, Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne
14 April, Harrow Arts Centre
15 April, Lowther Pavilion Lytham St. Annes
18 April, Whitby Pavilion
20 April, Middlesbrough Theatre
21 April, The Forum Northallerton
22 April, The Customs House South Shields.

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