Jon Culshaw is Flying High in Les Dawson homage at Edinburgh Festival

Actor, comedian and impersonator, Jon Culshaw will be Flying High at the Edinburgh Fringe this August when he stars in a play about Northern comic Les Dawson.

Les Dawson: Flying High will debut at the Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before touring the UK from September.

The show is an homage and celebration of the beloved and much-missed comedy legend with Culshaw set to deliver a touching, funny and warm-hearted turn.

Les Dawson: Flying High gives the audience anecdotes, incidents, and insights into Les’s life in this new play from BAFTA and Olivier Award winning writer Tim Whitnall and director Bob Golding. 

Growing up, Les, the self-declared ‘slum kid’, yearned to be recognized for his writing prowess and to transform his passion of literature into a full-time profession. At the same time he discovered his ability to make people laugh.

With the intent to go beyond and above a basic recount of Dawson’s life, the piece explores contemporary themes such as mortality, identity, love, kindness, spiritual beliefs and even ambition.

Jon Culshaw is an award-winning comedian and character actor, often regarded as Britain’s best impressionist. His catalogue includes over 350 characters, ranging from John Bishop to Barack Obama and from Professor Brian Cox to Michael ‘Govey Gove’. 

He has appeared in numerous comedy shows such as Dead Ringers (BBC Radio 4; BBC2) The Impressionable Jon Culshaw and Spitting Image (ITV). Alongside Debra Stephenson, he starred in ‘The Impressions Show (BBC1).

Tim Whitnall’s play, Morecambe, was a winner at The Fringe in 2009 before transferring to the Duchess Theatre, London, and triumphing in the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning for Best Entertainment. 

Bob Golding is an actor, a voice actor, and a director, he has directed a variety of pieces over his 33-year career including a previous 5-star Edinburgh fringe festival play, A Man Called Monkhouse, and The Scotsman.

In 2013, he appeared in Mr Selfridge (ITV) as Horacio Spendrich, he was also a recurring guest in Watson & Oliver (BBC2). 

As an actor, he is a multi-award winning including two Laurence Olivier award nominations and one win with Tim Whitnall’s one person play Morecambe, Best Actor nomination & Best Entertainment award in 2010. 

Les Dawson: Flying High runs at Gordon Aikman Theatre, Assembly George Square from August 3 – 28 (except 16th).

Tour Listing Information dates:

22.09.22          Lancaster Grand

23.09.22          Theatre Royal Lincoln

24.09.22          Lowry (Quays Theatre) Salford

25.09.22          Corn Exchange Newbury

30.09.22          The Stables Milton Keynes

01.10.22          Norden Farm Maidenhead

02.10.22          Mcmillan Theatre Bridgewater

08.10.10          Redgrave Theatre Bristol

09.10.10          Playhouse West Super Mare

16.10.22          Theatre Severn Shrewsbury

22.10.22          Electric Palace Bridport

23.10.22          Wyvern Theatre Swindon

03.10.22          Mayflower Studios Southampton

04.11.22          Tivoli Theatre Wimborne

06.11.22          The Regis Theatre Bognor Regis

13.11.22          Palace Theatre Southend

19.11.22          Playhouse Liverpool

10 &11.12.22  Lowther Pavilion Lytham St Annes.

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