Being Tommy Cooper, a new play by Tom Green starring Damian Williams as the celebrated comedian, is at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool for one night only on Sunday.
The funny man in the fez died in 1984, collapsing from a heart attack live on television in front of millions during his act on variety show Live From Her Majesty’s.
Twenty nine years later, Damian Williams, examines one aspect of his remarkable career in a venue Cooper himself knew well. Set in Las Vegas in 1954 where, in a small hotel room, the up-and-coming Cooper faces the prospect of his first big failure. With the show closing and a warring relationship with his manager, he finds an offer on the table and a drink in his hand.
Tom Green’s play celebrates the brilliance in one of Britain’s most famous comics and explores the pressures and loneliness of fame, bringing the man who could make you laugh just by walking on stage back to life in this confrontational play.
Williams is the presenter of Damian’s Are You Smarter Than Your 10 Year Old on Sky One and starred as Ginger Gahagan in Billy Webb and Alfonzo Bonzo for CBBC. He has also appeared as Lumpy in CITV’s Spatz and Ian in ITV’s The Bill. Box Office: 01253 743339 or www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.
With a cast of singers and dancers – including ITV’s Superstar finalist Nathan James – and a live rock band, Bohemian Rhapsody at Manchester Opera House next week is a tribute to the music of Queen. Also starring are Amy Diamond, finalist in the BBC’s Over the Rainbow, Kelly-Anne Gower, Rebecca Kelly, Giovani Spano and dancers Ricky Loftus, Philip Birchall and James Evans. It runs from Tuesday to Saturday. Box Office: 0844 871 3018.