Gala Theatre, Durham
Based on the life of comedian Eric Morecambe, this is the same play I saw at the Duchess Theatre (London) back in 2009. Written by Tim Whitnall and starring Bob Golding, this one-man show starts with Eric's death and his arrival in heaven. Immediately engaging with the audience, he retells the salient points of his life story from the start of his career as a child star, through his meeting and subsequent partnership with Ernie Wise and on to their phenomenal rise to unparallelled success as the nation's favourite TV stars.
''Little Ern'' is somewhat controversially (albeit affectionately) represented by a ventriloquist's dummy. The one-liners come thick and fast and there's an abundance of genuine laugh-out-loud moments, tempered by the stark, shocking episodes of Eric's heart attacks.
It's a fabulous play and fans of Morecambe and Wise will love it.