Bringing back fond memories
The other evening I watched Steve Coogan and John C Reilly when they appeared as guests on the BBC's One Show. They were promoting their newly-released film about the famous comedy duo geniuses Stan Laurel and Olly Hardy.
Given my reputation hereabouts of, for many years, strongly opposing the building of Berwick’s Maltings Theatre, many people will possibly be surprised to learn that I have spent most of my life involved with professional theatre and that nowadays I run a large professional theatre archive.
The appearance on the One Show, and the very fine interpretations of Stan Laurel and Olly Hardy by Coogan and Reilly, took me back 72 years in time.
As The Stage newspaper evidences, my first professional on-stage experience was in April 1947, when, as a three-year-old, I appeared in a variety show in London’s Victoria Palace Theatre with, amongst others, Stan and Olly, the singer Vera Lynn, and the slapstick comedian Norman Wisdom.
Ah, memories. Memories.