Dublin Theatre Festival

Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh

Laurel & Hardy

by Tom McGrath

Venue Olympia Theatre
Date 30 Sep 7.30pm Preview
1 Oct - 2 Oct 2.30pm
1 Oct 7.30pm
3 Oct - 4 Oct 7.30pm
Duration 2hrs 10mins

Directed by Tony Cownie
Designed by Neil Murray
Lighting Design by Jeanine Davies
Pianist/Musical Direction by Jon Beales
Choreographed by Rita Henderson
Cast Steven McNicoll, Barnaby Power

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Following on from rave reviews in the UK, Laurel and Hardy comes to the Dublin Theatre Festival. The lives, lingo and laughter of comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are reborn for the stage, as Hollywood's greatest double-act relive some of their sharpest routines, in a production that recently received nominations for Best Production and Best Use of Music at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS).

Laurel and Hardy - The Boys - made hundreds of hilarious features and shorts together in careers spanning decades, surviving new pretenders, the Great Depression and the arrival of talkies. Tom McGrath's play goes through the silver screen to show the real lives behind the characters. Told poignantly from beyond the grave, The Boys' story encompasses humble beginnings, big breaks, stardom, marriages, the dark side of the movie business, and their ultimate decline as the age of variety passed. The production stays focused on the humanity of the two men, while ascribing to the same standards of decency which would have ruled the pictures they made together.

Steven McNicoll and Barnaby Power, who play Ollie and Stan respectively, take on a host of other characters from The Boys' lives: mothers, wives, impresarios and directors, transforming Neil Murray's movie set into rural Georgia, a Glasgow music hall, Hollywood, and, of course, the Pearly Gates. And, in the best vaudeville tradition, the routines are performed with splitsecond timing and all set to music by the pianist (Jon Beales).

Forty years since the death of Stan Laurel, the second of the pair to pass away, and 54 years since their last film was released, the legend of Laurel and Hardy is as strong as ever. For fans, it's a chance to see their heroes as they really were; for new generations, it's the ideal opportunity to discover the original comic geniuses for themselves.

“Has the audience hooting with laughter and shedding a tear….sheer heaven”
Daily Mail

“ ***** The timing is exemplary. Full marks all round”
The Times

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