Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Julian Dutton comes to Halton Borough Councl’s Brindley Theatre Runcorn on Thursday 18 April with Do You Think It’s Wise? The Life & Times of John Le Mesurier.
An affectionate tribute to one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, multi-award-winning writer & performer & leading impressionist Julian Dutton (BBC1’s The Big Impression, BBC R4’s The Secret World) reveals the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that charmed millions and turned Le Mesurier into a household name as Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army.
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.
His interaction with Arthur Lowe’s character Captain George Mainwaring was described by The Times as “a memorable part of one of television’s most popular shows”
Packed with glorious reminiscences and stories from the Golden Age of Classic British Comedy, Julian Dutton’s show is a joyful and moving celebration of one of the most popular comic actors of our era.
The show was described by Claire Cavanagh, BBC Bristol “A superb impersonation” and Julian described as “One of the best vocal performers around” by BBC Comedy.
Julian Dutton is a writer and performer whose work has won a British Comedy Award, a BAFTA, and a Radio Academy Gold Award. He is the co-creator & co-writer of the BBC TV comedy series Pompidou starring Matt Lucas; co-created, wrote & performed in four series of the BBC1 comedy hit The Big Impression with Alistair McGowan, and his CBBC sitcom Scoop ran for three series of 39 episodes.
He has written & performed in more than 200 radio comedy shows, including his own series The Harpoon, the spoof Boy’s Own Magazine comedy, and Truly Madly Bletchley, described by the Independent as ‘the most confident new sitcom since The Navy Lark.’ Most recently he won the Radio Academy Gold Award for writing & performing in the impressions series The Secret World with Bill Dare for BBC R4.
He has toured as a comedian and impressionist and appeared in the West End supporting many of Britain’s top comics like Harry Hill and Al Murray.
Tickets are £16 from www.thebrindley.org.uk and the Brindley box office on 0151 907 8360.