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Grand Theatre Swansea Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel present AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN 4 Dec 2018     

Grand Theatre Swansea
Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel present
13th September – 13th December 2018
Highly acclaimed for their uncanny portrayal of the legendary comedy duo, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, talented actors Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens return with An Evening of Eric & Ern on a UK tour from 13th September – 13th December.

Crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, and coupled with contemporary references in their unique style, the show evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings to share in the much-loved antics of Britain’s national treasures.

As seen on BBC One’s The One Show and ITV1’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, the performances contain some of the first new writing in the style of Morecambe & Wise material in over 30 years.

Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens have been performing and writing as Eric and Ern for almost five years. The research into their subjects is there for all to see in their staggeringly accurate portrayal of the most successful and much loved British comedy duo of all time. The performers themselves have a wonderful relationship with the families and estates of Morecambe & Wise – with all scripts vetted and authorised before being performed.

“I have been fascinated with Eric Morecambe for as long as I can remember,” says Jonty. “I took on his persona at school and it never really left me. He was the funniest and loveliest of men. We both feel it’s a privilege to play Eric and Ernie and some people have said it’s like we’re channelling them - some nights it does feel like that”.

Ian and Jonty met at drama school over thirty years ago and continued their friendship playing golf together at The Stage Golf Society in Richmond. When Jonty was asked to play Eric at a charity show he knew that with his diminutive stature, Ian would be the perfect Ernie Wise. Having brought the house down the two then wrote some ‘bespoke’ material for their friends at the golf club.

Ian explains: “It was these performances which laid the foundation for a very long and incredible journey that led to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.” This was followed by an acclaimed run at The Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, which was topped by an Olivier Award nomination for ‘the play wot we wrote’ - Eric and Little Ern.
“We do treasure the relationship we have with each other – as did Eric and Ernie and I think it’s obvious that we love performing the comedy of Morecambe and Wise,” Ian continues.

Jonty said: “More importantly, the audiences love watching it - which is always handy. But it’s more than just watching a comedy show - there’s a real emotional connection, because we all remember watching it together. The audience reaction has been amazing.”

What people are saying about Eric and Little Ern’s shows:

“I never thought I would see Morecambe & Wise live – I think I just have.” Ben Elton

“You have the giddy out-of-time illusion that you are watching the legendary double-act live”
The Independent

“I had shivers down my spine when I saw them – it was uncanny.” Barry Cryer

Website: | Facebook: @ericandlittleern | Twitter: @eric_ern

Tour dates:

Thursday 13th September Lancaster: Grand Theatre / 01524 64695

Friday 14th September Ulverston: The Coro / 01229 587140

Saturday 15th September Derby: Derby Theatre / 01332 593 939

Friday 21st September Chelmsford: Civic Theatre / 01245 606 505

Saturday 22nd September Exeter: Northcott Theatre / 01392 726363

Sunday 23rd September Barnstaple: Queen’s Theatre / 01271 316063

Tuesday 25th September Guildford: G Live / 01483 369350

Wednesday 26th September Dartford: Orchard Theatre / 01322 220000

Thursday 27th September Cheltenham: Town Hall / 0844 576 2210

Friday 28th September Wycombe: Swan / 01494 512 000

Tuesday 2nd October Milton Keynes: The Stables / 01908 280800

Saturday 6th October Chester: Storyhouse / 01244 409 113

Wednesday 10th October Harrogate Festival: Harrogate Theatre / 01423 502 116

Saturday 13th October St Albans: Alban Arena / 01727 844488

Sunday 14th October Newcastle: Theatre Royal / 08448 11 21 21

Wednesday 17th October Lincoln: Theatre Royal / 01522 519999

Saturday 27th October Bristol: Redgrave Theatre / 0117 3157 800

Thursday 8th November Reading: The Hexagon / 0118 960 6060

Friday 9th November Norwich: Playhouse / 01603 598598

Wednesday 14th November Wolverhampton: Grand Theatre / 01902 429 212

Thursday 15th November Peterborough: The Broadway / 01733 306071

Friday 16th November Wirral: Floral Pavilion / 0151 666 0000

Sunday 18th November Crawley: The Hawth
www, / 01293 553636

Saturday 1st December York: Theatre Royal / 01904 623568

Sunday 2nd December Chichester: Festival Theatre / 01243 781312

Tuesday 4th December Swansea: Grand Theatre / 01792 475715

Monday 10th December Bromley: Churchill Theatre / 020 3285 6000

Thursday 13th December Bury St Edmunds: The Apex / 01284 758000

For more information please contact Gaby Jerrard or Matthew Christian at /
or on 020 7690 0006
Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel  
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