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With Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm

The comic genius of two national treasures

Eastbourne audiences can once again enjoy the comic genius of two national treasures in the show An Evening of Eric and Ern which comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre 26 and 27 April; from the Olivier nominated duo behind the hugely celebrated and critically acclaimed West End hit Eric and Little Ern.

This brilliant homage is crammed full of renditions of their most famous comedy sketches, from Greig’s Piano concerto to Mr Memory, it’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest.

A warm-hearted ode to “the greatest comedy duo of all time” the show is the brainchild of actors Ian Ashpitel (Ern) and Jonty Stephens (Eric) who have been life-long friends since meeting at drama school in Birmingham in the 1980’s and have been portraying the stars for five years. Endorsed by Eric’s son Gary Morecambe, An Evening of Eric and Ern will bring audiences sunshine whatever the weather!

“I have been fascinated with Eric Morecambe for as long as I can remember,” says Jonty who is a self-confessed Morecambe and Wise anorak.

He continues “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”.

Eric Morecambe (John Eric Bartholomew, 14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984) and Ernie Wise (Ernest Wiseman, 27 November 1925 – 21 March 1999), known as Morecambe and Wise were a British comic double act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television. Their partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe’s death in 1984. They have been described as “the most illustrious, and the best-loved, double-act that Britain has ever produced”.

Indulge in a nostalgic Evening of Eric and Ern with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, 7.30pm, tickets priced from £18.50 with concessions available, to book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online eastbournetheatres.co.uk which now gives the option to print-tickets-at-home and choose your seat based on the views which it offers.

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