For 10 years and with a TV audience of more than 20 million, the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Day specials were the most eagerly awaited TV event of the festive season.
Now Eric and Little Ern, an acclaimed, affectionate, moving and fantastically funny stage homage to the country’s greatest comedy double act, is following in their illustrious footsteps with a second London Christmas season.
Eric and Little Ern will run from 16 December to 11 January at St James Theatre, in Victoria.
Before then the duo sets out on a 39-date UK tour which starts tonight at Manchester Opera House.
The show, created and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, features classic material by Eddie Braben, Dick Hills and Sid Green.
It stormed the West End last Christmas, where it earned rave reviews, had its original run extended to March, and it was nominated for the Best Entertainment Olivier Award.
Cherished moments from the archives sit alongside new material created by the performers, recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances.
Together they make a brilliant comedy that includes the original Grieg Piano Concerto sketch and Eric’s take on Shakespeare.
Sept 30, Manchester Opera House
Oct 1-4, Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Oct 6-7, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Oct 8, Newport Riverfront
Oct 9, Grimsby Auditorium
Oct 10-11, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
Oct 13, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Oct 14-16, Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Oct 17, Lincoln PAC
Oct 18, Halesworth Festival
Oct 20, Grand Opera House, York
Oct 21, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
Oct 22, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
Oct 23, Ormskirk Arts Centre
Oct 24-25, Greenwich Theatre
Oct 28-29, Everyman Theatre, Cork
Oct 30-Nov 1, Bristol Tobacco Factory
Nov 2 – Theatre Royal, Bath
Nov 3, Civic Theatre, Darlington
Nov 6, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Nov 7 Berry Theatre, Hedge End
Nov 8, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Nov 10, Harrogate Theatre
Nov 11, Southport Theatre
Nov 13, Dundee Rep
Nov 14, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Nov 15, Rose Theatre, Kingston
Nov 16, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Nov 18, Electric Palace, Bridport
Nov 19, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Nov 20, Princess Theatre, Torquay
Nov 21, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Nov 24, Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Nov 25, The Woodville, Gravesend
Nov 26, Kenton Theatre, Henley
Nov 27-28, Leicester Curve
Nov 29, The Brewery, Kendal
Dec 1, Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
Dec 2, Festival Theatre, Malvern.