Just like that – play sheds light on comedy great

Damian Williams as Tommy Cooper in the Grand Theatre's production of Being Tommy Cooper, coming to Blackpool on Sunday June 2.

Damian Williams as Tommy Cooper in the Grand Theatre's production of Being Tommy Cooper, coming to Blackpool on Sunday June 2.

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A brand new play about a comedy great arrives at the Grand on Sunday, called Being Tommy Cooper.

It is about Cooper the man as opposed to Cooper the performer, and should make for interesting viewing.

Written by playwright Tom Green and starring Damian Williams (best known for presenting Sky One’s Are You Smarter Than Your 10 Year Old?), the play is heading to the Fylde coast as part of a UK tour.

Cooper, of course, was a giant, both in terms of his size (6’4, 15 stone) and his fame – one of the best-loved performers of the 60s and 70s.

This play centres on a small hotel room in Las Vegas in 1954, when the up-and-coming Cooper faces the prospect of his first big failure.

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

Powerful, provocative, painfully funny and true, Green’s play celebrates the brilliance in Britain’s most famous comic and explores the pressures and loneliness of fame.

Famed for his iconic red fez, Cooper made his television debut on the BBC in 1948 and went on to star in many variety shows in a career that spanned four decades. By the mid 1970’s he was one of the most successful and recognisable comedians in the world.

Cooper famously died on live TV in 1984 when he suffered a heart attack during the London Weekend Television variety show Live From Her Majesty’s.

Tickets for the play are £18 and concessions available. Go to www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call the box office on 01253 743339.

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