New play about a much-loved comic

Damian Williams as Tommy Cooper
Damian Williams as Tommy Cooper
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A story about one of Britain’s best loved comedians will be told in a new play to be staged at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough on Saturday.

Being Tommy Cooper, which stars Damian Williams, is set in 1954 in a small hotel room in which the up-and-coming comedian is facing the prospect of his first big failure.

With the show closing and Tommy facing a warring relationship with his manager, the performer finds an offer on the table and a drink in his hand.

Tommy Cooper made his TV debut on the BBC in 1948 and went on to have a career which spanned four decades. He died in 1984, famously collapsing from a heart attack on live television in front of millions of viewers during his act on the variety show Live From Her Majesty’s.

Damian Wiliams is well known to television audiences as the presenter of Damian’s Are You Smarter Than Your 10-Year-Old, on Sky One. On stage, Damian is also known as resident Dame at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, a role he has played for the past five years. The show will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 or £13.

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