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Resurrecting Tony Hancock In Oldham

Stone me, what a life ...



For a few years now I've been working on putting Tony Hancock on stage with me playing the lead role. My company represent the rights on behalf of writers Ray Galton and the late Alan Simpson ...

I'm looking forward to putting on a couple of 'Hancock's Half Hour' episodes at Oldham Library.

I'm looking forward to putting on a couple of 'Hancock's Half Hour' episodes at Oldham Library.

So there shouldn't be any problems with the licensing, but being busy all the time doesn't leave you much time to work on speculative projects.

However, Oldham Library contacted me last week to see if I could help them out on a sitcom festival by putting two Hancock's Half Hours on up there in April next year.

So I jumped at it. I've cast the characters within a day - with actors who are all brilliant - and all we need to do now is to rehearse it. We're also putting on two lesser-known works by Galton and Simpson from their Comedy Playhouse series for Yorkshire TV in 1977 which featured actors like Leonard Rossiter, Roy Kinnear and Warren Mitchell.

What a brilliant idea to put on a sitcom festival and hats off to Oldham Library for doing it. I look forward to learning from them and seeing what we can do down here in Milton Keynes, although my company, MK Theatre of Comedy, does keep it going in any case.

Next year we have the Vicar of Dibley - also in April but after the Oldham event - and in September, the final three Blackadder Goes Forth episodes.

There's plenty going on locally in the sitcom field. More of that in future blog posts. I'm reviving the role of Jim Trott for the third and final time and am looking forward to that.

"No, no, no, no ... yes I am."

I'm focused on Hancock at present and the image above is one of the shots of me in Hancock pose. My wife says it's the easiest job in the world for me as I wander around like Hancock most of the time, and the similarity in dress sense is uncanny.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.