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New homage to the comedy talents of Eric and Ernie
The UK's funniest ever comedy double act, Morecambe and Wise, is to be celebrated in style with a new production at the Birmingham Rep theatre over the Christmas period. The Rep, in association with David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, is to stage the first major new production of The Play What I Wrote. The multi-award winning comedy, created by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, will be performed at the Birmingham Rep from Saturday 27 November 2021 to Saturday 1 January 2022. Celebrating 20 years since its premiere and record-breaking run in London's West End, The Play What I Wrote won every major theatre award. This new production, which stars Dennis Herdman, Thom Tuck and Mitesh Soni, is directed by The Rep's Artistic Director, and double Olivier Award winner. Sean Foley, and follows Sir Kenneth Branagh's original production in celebrating the iconic duo of Eric and Ernie.

The Play What I Wrote
A new production of The Play What I Wrote coming to Birmingham. Credit Geraint Lewis


The Play What I Wrote is a homage to Morecambe and Wise, whose BBC Christmas specials were the highlight of the festive season for millions of television viewers. And, just like the original Morecambe and Wise TV shows, there is a play within a play, with every show featuring a special mystery guest star. Previous unannounced guest stars have included Ralph Fiennes, Dawn French, Ewan McGregor, Glenn Close, Daniel Radcliffe, Kylie Minogue, and Sting. In The Play What I Wrote Thom and Dennis' double act is on the brink of splitting up, Thom believes himself to be an undiscovered genius playwright, 'and could be the next Tom Stopcock!' He has written a new play, an epic set in the French Revolution called 'A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple' and is desperate to get it on. Dennis, on the other hand, believes that if they perform a tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Thom's confidence in their own double act will be restored. But first Dennis needs to persuade a guest star to appear in the play that Thom wrote.

Dennis Herdman, The Play What I Wrote
One of the stars of the play, Dennis Herdman


This is Sean Foley's first-ever production as Artistic Director at The Rep. Sean, who co-wrote and starred in both the sell-out West End and Broadway productions, said: "I'm thrilled to finally be able to bring this hugely successful comedy to Birmingham audiences, and can't wait for this wonderfully talented new cast, as well as a whole new set of amazing guest stars, to make people laugh this Christmas."

The Play What I Wrote runs from Saturday 27 November 2021 Saturday 1 January 2022. Tickets are from 17.50 and are on sale at www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whatson
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Why? A new production of the play dedicated to Morecambe and Wise
When: 27 November 2021 to 1 January 2022
Where: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Cost: Tickets from 17.50
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