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Wisdom of a Fool

In this acclaimed emotional roller coaster one-man play; Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood

After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style. The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price…

Jack plays 30 characters throughout this tour de force performance. The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.

“For those who treasure one of Britain’s most loved stars of the 20th century and those who wish to see how worldwide comedy progressed from Chaplin to Bean, this affectionate and affecting show is perfect. Jack Lane does Norman Wisdom proud.”
Broadway World UK ★★★★

“Lane’s performance is truly incredible as he explores the facets of Wisdom and it would take a heart of stone not to be moved by the way his experiences are portrayed.”
British Theatre Guide

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Fri 8 Sep