NEWS: Les Dennis stars in Jigsy at the Royal Court

Liverpool comics never die. Starring Les Dennis and inspired by the legendary Liverpool funny man Jackie Hamilton, Tony Staveacre’s blisteringly funny and moving play finds its way home to Liverpool after sell out runs and critical acclaim. ‘So cheerio, you’ve been a grand audience, it’s always nice to play to yer own. See you again after the bingo.’

Jigsy is a jobbing Liverpool comic. Over the last thirty years he’s worked with them all – and he’ll tell you the stories to prove it. From the laughs down the pub to the horror stories of when it goes wrong on stage, Jigsy was there – permanent pint in hand.

With sweat, smoke and failure clinging to his faded dinner jacket, he now works the dying Liverpool club circuit. This is Jigsy’s story: reliving the glamour and grit of his younger days, he now broods on the success he might have had. But despite it all he keeps on getting back up on stage. The audiences might be dwindling, but Jigsy always has a gag that sends them home laughing.

“Jigsy has been a labour of love, based loosely on the life of one of my heroes. I knew and worked with the great Jackie Hamilton and when I first read the play I knew it was tailor made for me and for a Liverpool audience. As well as being a comic’s tale, Jigsy is a play that breathes life into Liverpool’s heritage, with stories of growing up on Scotland Road, working on the docks and Cammell Laird’s shipyard. It is a true Liverpool tale. It has been a wonderful experience performing the play around the UK, but bringing it back to mine and Jackie’s home city, is the biggest thrill of all” Les Dennis.

” Gold….I’ve not laughed so heartily nor been so carefully touched by a show for ages” whatsonstage *****


Staring Les Dennis
By Tony Staveacre / Directed by Hannah Chissick

Tuesday 23rd October – Sat 3 November 8pm (not Sun)
Matinees Weds 24th and Weds 31st at 2pm and Sat 27th & Sat 3rd at 2pm.

The Royal Court Theatre
Box Office: 0870 787 1866

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