Thirty years ago, on the night of May 28, 1984, perhaps the best-loved comedian this country has ever produced died suddenly from a heart attack.
Four years previously on Christmas Day 1977 The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special attracted 28 million viewers – half the entire population of the UK at the time.
In the 30 years since Eric Morecambe’s untimely death his popularity has not waned.
With numerous tribute programmes, TV reruns and DVD releases, his work, as one half of Britain’s most popular double act ever, has been kept alive and introduced to a whole new generation of fans. In 2014 to mark the anniversary, a new production of Morecambe, the Olivier award-winning West End play that celebrates the life of the man who played all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order, embarks on a major national tour which calls at the Lyceum next week.
From Morecambe Pier to ‘André Preview’, from the last days of music hall to Glenda Jackson, Morecambe offers a moving and gloriously funny portrait of the affectionate lad with the funny bones, the big-hearted perfectionist, the born entertainer.
This new production of Tim Whitnall’s hit show once again stars Bob Golding, who was nominated in the Olivier Award Best Actor in an Entertainment category for his extraordinary portrayal of the man who brought us sunshine.
Morecambe is at the Lyceum, Sheffield next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Box office: at the Crucible, call 0114 249 6000 or go online at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk