NEWS: The Royal Court Theatre have found their Laurel and Hardy

Royal Court Liverpool
have announced the cast for their ground breaking new Laurel And Hardy show – Sons Of The Desert. Oliver Hardy will be played by Michael Starke (Bouncers, A Nightmare On Lime Street, Our Day Out) and Stan Laurel will be played by Roy Brandon (Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, The Salon, Council Depot Blues).

Roy Brandon is looking forward to the role: “Me and Mickey have known each other for years and whenever we get together we have such a laugh. We’ve both done our fair share of stand up and impressions ad we have been saying for a long time that we should do some sort of double act, so this is perfect for us both! It’s a big ask because they are such massive screen icons but we will have a ball doing it and hopefully the audience will too!”

Michael Starke is keen to get started: “It’s a massive privilege to get an iconic role like this, it’s the chance to play one of my comedy heroes in my home town. I’ve worked with Roy before in Cavern Of Dreams many years ago and it will be brilliant to get up on stage with him again. I’ve already started trying to put the weight on for the part so fingers crossed I’ll look right for the show!”

Roy and Michael are joined by a supporting cast of Matt Connor (Around The World In 80 Days – New Vic), Lori Haley Fox (9 to 5 Tour), Jonathan Markwood (Lennon – Royal Court Liverpool) and Penelope Woodman (Birds Of A Feather Tour).

Ken Alexander is directing this World premiere stage version of Laurel and Hardy’s Sons Of The Desert. The script for the play is a direct transcript of the famous film script and the ambitious project will be the first of its kind. The producers have secured the rights to transfer the show to the West End if it is a success and has the backing of the rights holders to both the Laurel and Hardy franchise and the film itself.

Before the main event, there will be a Laurel and Hardy revue show featuring some of your favourite Stan and Ollie songs and sketches with the whole cast getting involved.
Stan and Ollie are in need of some rest, some relaxation and some time away from Mrs L and Mrs H. Stan persuades their better halves that Ollie is suffering from “a nervous shakedown” and so they should head off to Honolulu for the good of their health.

In fact they head back to Chicago for the annual meeting of The Sons Of The Desert Lodge and their wives will never find out. Unless the ship that they were supposed to be travelling on happens to sink…

Come and see Laurel and Hardy at their best in this incredible new stage adaptation, struggling to maintain their dignity in a world almost as ridiculous as they are.

There has never before been a stage version of this classic slapstick comedy so get down to The Court and get ready to watch the boys get into another fine mess.

Sons Of The Desert will run from Friday 27 September to Saturday 26 October 2013. Tickets and information are available from or on 0870 787 1866.


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