Wicked banter from Steptoes & Son at Royal & Derngate

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Physical theatre company, Kneehigh brings a new stage adaptation of the classic TV series, Steptoe and Son, to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from Tuesday.

Bound together by birth, business and bad luck, father and son, Albert and Harold Steptoe, wake up every morning to the same old sickening sight of each other.

They bother, bicker and banter their way through life, toying with each other’s frailties like mean kittens.

Do they even notice the world turning as they cling on?

There are ladies if they would only look around them, and space travel... and Cliff Richard.

The darkly comic tale has been adapted and directed by Emma Rice, who was behind stagings of Brief Encounter and Oedipussy.

Adapted from the classic television scripts of Galton and Simpson – made famous by Harry Corbett and Wilfred Brambell – this new co-production between Kneehigh and West Yorkshire Playhouse charts the tender, cruel and surprising dance of father and son as they work together and live together.

Bound by duty, fear and poverty, they are watched over by their female Guardian Angel.

She tries to save them, tries to turn their heads to the heavens, but those stubborn old work horses just won’t budge.

Steptoe and Son runs on the Royal stage in Guildhall Road, Northampton, until Saturday, November 17. Tickets are priced £24.50 to £8.50 and can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or at www.