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.
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.