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Homage is paid to Eric and Ern

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 05, 2013

Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens.

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BUXTON Opera House is offering two nights of comedy-drama based on the lives and characters of two of the most famous comedy double-acts of the 21st century.

Eric and Little Ern by Seabright Productions is a moving and affectionate homage to Morecambe and Wise. The show at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Sunday, October 6 vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era, recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances.

Some of the most cherished moments from the archives sits alongside new material, together making a brilliant comedy that recreates the all-ages appeal of Morecambe and Wise in their heyday.

Creators and performers Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens are seasoned stage and TV actors with a wide range of credits from Shakespeare’s Globe to Lead Balloon, while director Owen Lewis most recently staged solo shows for Suggs, Mrs Moneypenny and Hardeep Singh Kohli. On Wednesday, October 9, Cissie and Ada An Hysterical Rectomy is set to take place in the Opera House.

Based on Les Dawson's comic TV characters Cissie and Ada. Written by playwright Graham Warrener in collaboration with original scriptwriter Terry Ravenscroft, Cissie and Ada revisits the story and culture behind the sidesplitting sketches and that of BBC Light Entertainment in the 80s.The show boasts performances from two former Coronation Street favourites Eric Potts (Diggory) and Steven Arnold (Ashley) joined by Steve Nallon (famous for his Mrs Thatcher impersonation on seminal satirical TV show Spitting Image).

Eric and Little Ern takes place on Sunday, October 6, at the Pavilion Arts Centre, tickets are priced at £14 and £16 and discounts are available. Cissie & Ada takes place on Wednesday, October 9, and tickets are priced at £17 (discounts are available). For more information or to buy tickets call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

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