A Sockful of Custard at the Pleasance
Tuesday 10 April 2018
In the year of his hundredth birthday, Spike Milligan - granddaddy of modern comedy - looks back on his life with 90 minutes of laughs, songs, philosophy, and utter, utter silliness.
Image: Pleasance - Islington
A Sockful of Custard is a celebration of the British comic legend Spike Milligan - a man of insight, sensitivity and huge comedic invention, who is largely recognised to have redefined the landscape of British comedy on stage, radio and TV.
The show plays at the Pleasance, Islington from 16 to 26 May 2018, and is written and performed by Jeremy Stockwell and Chris Larner.
Playing not only Spike himself, in all his guises, those who surrounded him, and themselves, Messrs Larner and Stockwell aim to break down what made Spike tick, as well as describing the immense influence he has had on their careers and lives.
Here's the trailer to give you a flavour of the show ...
Jeremy Stockwell plays Spike Milligan, following his sell-out success playing theatre maverick Ken Campbell in Terry Johnson's new play Ken at The Bunker, earlier this year.
He has appeared in West End and National Theatre productions, and TV comedy series including Spitting Image.
He is also known as a director, most recently directing The Angelos & Barry Show, The Thinking Drinkers, Are There More of You, How to do Acting (Properly), and The Very Perry Show, which won Best Comedy Show award at the United Theatre Solo Festival in New York in 2017 - all of which are playing at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.
Chris Larner is best known as a writer, lyricist and composer, with work for The Right Size, Lee Hall's adaptations of Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti (Almeida, West End, Traverse, Tour) and The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic), and The Miser (Garrick Theatre, West End).
He has also written (with Mark Stevens) new musicals The Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Edinburgh Fringe, Ambassadors, Kings Head), On the Island of Aars (Pleasance), The Frida Kahlo of Penge West (Rosemary Branch and Edinburgh), and his Fringe-First-winning 2011 one-man show An Instinct for Kindness, which he performed and the radio version of which was broadcast earlier this year as BBC4's Pick of the Week.
In the year of his hundredth birthday, the late, great Goon himself - Spike Milligan - granddaddy of modern comedy - looks back on his life, forward to his holidays and down the back of the sofa for his trousers.
It says here.
Larner and Stockwell - two men with beards - sift through the madness and find only more of it.
Author: Jeremy Stockwell and Chris Larner
From: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Closes: Saturday 26 May 2018
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