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Previewed 9 December 2009, Opened 10 December 2009, Closed 17 January 2010 at the Duchess Theatre in London.
Following a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival run in 2009, Bob Golding brings his uncanny portrayal of Eric Morecambe to the London West End stage, in Tim Whitnall's play Morecambe - a theatrical celebration of Eric's life in commemoration of 25 years since the great man's untimely death.
A moving portrait of an affectionate lad with funny bones, a born entertainer, a big-hearted perfectionist... the tall one with glasses. So come laugh, come cry, and celebrate "the tall one with glasses" who had that twinkle in his eye and shared it with us all. Morecambe in London stars Bob Golding as 'Eric Morecambe', directed by Guy Masterson and written by Tim Whitnall. Please Note: Tim Whitnall's play Morecambe is a fictional account which is inspired by Eric Morecambe's life. Whilst many of the events and characters described in the play are real, the story and words are those imagined by the author.
"Bob Golding, a dead-ringer for the star, if still slightly too youthful to fully convince at first glance, gives it his all... Expertly scripted by Tim Whitnall and directed by Guy Masterson... the biographical resume proceeds at an entertaining lick up the slopes of burgeoning celebrity, with setbacks duly noted, and on to the troubles caused by Eric's dodgy ticker." The Daily Telegraph
"Among all the celebrity solo turns on the fringe this year, Bob Golding's Eric Morecambe seems to have caught on strongest. But I find Tim Whitnalls's play toothless and over-sentimental. Morecambe, who died in 1984 aged 58, is still much loved, but there's far too much loose chat here, and not enough hardcore material... Golding does a pretty good impression, though it's not in the Mike Yarwood class, and he looks more like Vic Reeves than Eric." The Independent
Bob Golding, who plays Eric Morecombe in this production, says: "I have always been a huge fan of Morecambe and Wise and one of the great things about doing this play has been the reaction. Everyone has reacted with a big broad grin... With the research Tim Whitnall, the playwright, and I have done over the last year it's become more and more apparent that the Eric we all saw on television was very close to the man off screen. He was the eternal entertainer... He reached many people and generations, so getting it right is obviously a big concern, but I think it's important to say that my performance is not meant as an impersonation, it's a simple tale about a simple man who affected millions of people. My responsibility is that of an actor - to tell the story and hopefully evoke some kind of a reaction from an audience, be it affection or laughter."
Morecambe in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 9 December 2009, opened on 10 December 2009 and closed on 17 January 2010.