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Wisdom of a Fool

29 Sep 2017


In this emotional roller-coaster one-man play Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style.

The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price… This is the first play ever written on the legendary comic and features his original Gump suit, on generous loan from Norman’s children, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.

Written and performed by Jack Lane
Additional material by Martyn Bell
Music and direction by Kenny Clayton
Produced by Mike Simmonds & David Phillips

Tickets* Standard £16.50, Concs £15, Friends £14
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: All
Running time: 2 hours including interval