Sat15Jun20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Centre, Truro Road, St Austell, PL25 5HJ
“Do You Think That's Wise?”
The Life & Times of John Le Mesurier
Written and performed by Julian Dutton
(Alistair MacGowan's Big Impression, Pompidou)
ST AUSTELL ARTS CENTRE SATURDAY, 15TH JUNE – 7.30pm
Julian Dutton is an English comedy writer and performer, principally for television and radio, whose work has won a British Comedy Award, a BAFTA, and a Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Comedy. Julian has toured as a support act to Harry Hill and Al Murray. He is also know to many as the Secret Lemonade Drinker, in the famous tv commercials!
In 2018, Julian wrote and performed a one-man stage tribute to the actor John Le Mesurier, "Do You Think That's Wise?" which he took to the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August and is now touring the UK, including a West End run in London in April & May, 2019.
In his affectionate tribute to one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, Julian brings to life the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that charmed millions and turned John Le Mesurier into a household name as Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army, one of the UK's most beloved situation comedies.
As with many comedy stars, Le Mesurier’s life was not without tragedy – his broken marriage to Hattie Jacques, his betrayal by his best friend Tony Hancock – all these setbacks shook him, but his reputation as the quintessential English Gentleman never wavered. The show is packed with glorious reminiscences and stories from the Golden Age of Classic British Comedy.
The show's title, Do You Think That's Wise, Sir? Is taken from Sergeant Wilson's tactful reply to any one of Captain Mainwaring's ridiculous suggestions. This humourous and touching one-man play reveals the pleasure and the pain of John Le Mesurier's life; the life of a self-styled “jobbing actor”, whose refined and cultured public persona concealed a personal life with more than its fair share of betrayal, heartbreak and sadness.
Julian is the co-creator and co-writer of the BBC2 comedy series Pompidou starring Matt Lucas, the first visual comedy TV series to be made for almost twenty years, since Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean and which is currently showing in 192 countries on Netflix.
Described as one of "the best vocal performers around," (BBC Comedy) he was one of the co-creators, main writers and performer on hit BBC One comedy show The Big Impression with Alistair McGowan and Ronni Ancona, and has also written and starred in several of his own series on BBC Radio 4, as well as writing extensively for many other TV and radio shows.
Julian Dutton’s show is a joyful and moving celebrationof one of the most popular comic actors of our era.
“You would think that John Le Mesurier was actually stood before you.
An amazing biographical tale - look out for it on tour.” BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE
“An impressionist tour de force” Independent
“Brilliant” Jon Culshaw
“Julian Dutton’s impression is a wonder to behold” Lynn Bowles, BBC Radio.
“One of the best vocal performers around.” BBC Comedy
‘A compelling performance.’ ★★★★ Chortle
Sat14Sep20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra is a breath of fresh air. In a world where everyone is frightened to make a joke, for fear of offending someone, The LPSO is in no risk of offending anyone, except those with no sense of the ridiculous!
The LPSO appeared at the Arts Centre last year and, just in case you couldn't believe what you saw then – they're back, more insanely brilliant before, with new songs, fresh fun plus one or two of the old favourites thrown in for good measure (although, some say they should have been thrown out!)
Maintaining the musical comedy tradition of Viv Stanshall, the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band, Spike Jones and his City Slickers and, in more recent times, The Old / New Rope String Band and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The LPSOmeticulously blend virtuoso musical performances with anarchic, absurdist comedy. Their performances are colourful, bizarre, tuneful and hilarious, incorporating a wealth of instruments, costume changes, and numerous outlandish props.
Most impressive is the group's seemingly endlesss energy and enjoyable enthusiasm to entertain and enchant. Their boundless exuberance and their skill and versatility of their musicianship drives the show forward and forward, and faster and faster, to a dafter and dafter comical climax, which will leave us all breathless with admiration.
The LPSO come to the Arts Centre, for one night only, fresh from playing London's Union Chapel, as part of a star-studded bill including Ralph McTell, Chas and Dave, The Jive Aces, Chris Difford & Billy Bragg, in the show A Night For Lonnie Donnegan, honouring the UK's Skiffle King.
As seen on Vernon Kay's "Five O'Clock Show"!
“I love your band – great fun!” Rick Wakeman
“Great Night's Entertainment” Jersey Arts Centre
“The LPSO raised the roof....with laughter, insanity & a fantastic range of every type of music - & musical instrument - possible. The audience left with wide smiles & happy hearts saying: "We haven’t laughed so much in years!” Director, King's Theatre, Cheddar
“Who are you?” HRH Prince Philip
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Adults : £12.50
Over65s : £10.00
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Sat05Oct20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
Since his hilarious tour-de-force performance of his one-man show The Only Way is Downton, at the Arts Centre back in 2014, Luke Kempner has become one of the UK's leading comedy impressionists, with an ever increasing cv of appearances on the top tv and radio comedy shows.
Luke returns to the Arts Centre this year with his latest show “House of Faces”.
You can expect top-notch comedy and impressions from Luke that even the stars he impersonates can't belive how accurate his versions of them are!
After 4 years in the West End with Les Miserables, Avenue Q and South Pacific, Luke garnered global attention in 2012 with his hit viral video Downstairs At Downton. Since then, Luke has gone from strength to strength, taking his one man show The Only Way Is Downton to theatres and festivals across the UK and U.S.A.
2018 saw Luke return to the Edinburgh Fringe for a sell-out run of his 4th show House Of Faces which he is touring the UK with this year. Alongside his live work, Luke has a burgeoning television and radio career.
He created and starred in his own review show for ITV2, entitled Luke Kempner’s Impression of 2015. Luke is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s institution The Now Show and News Jack. A regular on BAFTA winning Murder In Successville. He was the breakout star of The Imitation Game on ITV last year and finished the year appearing on the Royal Variety Performance.
In the Summer of 2016, Luke became the resident comedian on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, he filmed 9 series and has been hailed “a blumin’ genius!” by Dawn French.
‘A hugely accomplished impressionist, with the technical skill to jump in and out of a huge range of real-life characters in a beat.’Chortle
‘Remarkable, tour de force one-man show... a teatime hour of unalloyed pleasure.’The Daily Telegraph ★★★★
‘An evening of fizzing virtuosity... a blissful flight of surreal fancy.’WhatsOnStage
★★★★‘Kempner’s performance skill brings numerous characters to life before your eyes and provides an hour of fun-filled entertainment. Broadway Baby ★★★★
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Sat12Oct20197:30 pmSt Austell Arts Theatre
Following James Hurn’s sell out tour of 2018, he’s back with his popular One Man-Many Voices celebration of the radio comedy classic, Hancock’s Half Hour. James, a multi-talented actor and impressionist, will be performing a Brand New programme of Hancock & Co. which includes a lost episode of Hancock’s Half Hour and two new episodes he has written himself, with James voicing the entire cast.
The show is presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience.
James has an incredible ability to mimic some of the gods of British comedy, but also their timing, style and souls too – Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Lloyd and John Le Mesurier are all astounding!
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