Review: Morecambe, Lyceum Theatre

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Actor Bob Golding gave a brilliant performance as one of 
Britain’s best-loved comedians in this funny and touching show which cleverly traced the life of the man born as Eric Bartholomew.

Golding filled the stage with an electrifying presence and played not just Eric Morecambe but dozens of the characters in his life.

Through the clever use of voices, mannerisms and adaptable props, he created the comedian’s pushy mum, people he worked with as a child variety act and agents, writers and stars from his TV years.

Ernie Wise, his comedy partner and fiercely loyal friend of 43 years, was represented by a ventiloquiist’s puppet. The show, written by Tim Whitnall, portrayed the bond between them and emphasised that there would have been no Morecambe without Wise.

As well as success, theshow looked at the insecurities of a man who was so hard on himself that he kept a newspaper cutting of the duo’s first flop TV series in his wallet.

Morecambe said that his talent was driven by fear – of failure and of not working hard enough to get to the top and stay there.

The show wove in lots of the famous Morecambe and Wise routines, to the delight of the audience. Just the sight of a brown paper bag was enough to set off waves of laughter, before he’d even caught an imaginary object in it.

Golding also brilliantly caught all the catchphrases and sheer joy of Morecambe’s comic lunacy.

He worked incredibly hard for a well-deserved standing ovation but knew he was sharing it with our love of two great comedians.