Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 23rd-26th 2016

Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

Hambledon Productions

age 10+

60 mins

Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic, trademark fez and quick-fire gags made him an international star and a true icon of the 20th Century. Now, 30 years since his untimely passing, the appetite for his surreal slapstick, classic routines and snappy one-liners, he continues to be re-discovered by old and new fans alike. Just Like That! embarks on a new nationwide tour after sell-out successes at the West End's Museum of Comedy. This all-encapsulating show features John Hewer (Tony Hancock, Hancock's Half Hour - The 'Lost' Episodes) giving "a perfect illusion of time travel" (The Lost Review) and delivering "nuances both obvious and subtle" (TimeOut) as the man in the fez.

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The show, first produced in 2014 to mark 30 years since the comedian’s untimely passing, has enjoyed enormous success nationwide and features classic favourites such as “spoon-jar”, “bottle-glass” and the hilarious “Hats” routine, combined with hidden gems and bumbling magic from Cooper’s extensive back catalogue.

John Hewer “captures the Cooper style, from the mumbled speech and loud laughter to the awkward giant-body language” (The Stage) as he brings Cooper back to life in this family-friendly show that’s a must for all generations of knockabout comedy.

For die-hard Cooper fans, it’s the chance to relive those memories and join in the groan-worthy gags and famous routines (plus plenty of lesser-known surprises and belly laughs!) For others, it’s a perfect evening of music-hall inspired entertainment that’ll have you rolling in the aisles – jus’-like-that!

Complete with live musical accompaniment, this highly acclaimed tribute show is “a loving ode to a comic oddball” (Beyond The Joke) and is the perfect celebration of Britain's favourite comedian.

“If you fancy a trip down memory lane, then it’s ticket, money, money, ticket – just like that!” - Chortle

John Hewer (Tommy Cooper)

John trained in Drama and Scriptwriting at the Northumbria University and was awarded the Fellow Studentship Award. Since forming Hambledon Productions in 2007, he has appeared in Charley’s Aunt, Hancock’s Half Hour: The Lost Episodes and Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show alongside pieces of his new-writing A Hard Act to Follow, STOP!... You’re Killing Me and A Fistful of Spaghetti.

Christopher Peters (Accompanist)

Christopher trained at City University London and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Previous composing credits include Tango Boceto (The Aquinas Piano Trio), Darling... Have You Seen My Structural Surveys? (Louth Playgoers) and Animal Instinct (Aeracura Theatre Group). He also works as a vocal arranger for numerous musical theatre performers in the West End.

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