The first theatre performance I have been to where a stand ovation was genuinely desevered, and given. Bob Golding was stunning. I completely disagree with the critics view that this show is only for the people who were avid Morcambe and Wise fans. I was one of only a few younder people in a mainly older audience, and I loved it as much as the rest. - Kim Ougden
16 Apr 10
Seen at Basildon Towngate Theatre: 25.2.10
It's difficult to explain to people just how deeply loved Morecambe & Wise were and it's also very difficult to explain why they were so funny; their routines do not translate very easily. Put simply Eric was a comic genius and Ernie was the perfect foil. Bob Golding is not a comic genius nor does he look or sound much like Eric and so wisely chooses not to attempt a detailed impersonation or a replica of the act. Instead this is a deeply affectionate biography. There is probably too much time spent on the days in variety halls when most people remember them from the wonderful BBC shows but the second half in particular is a joy although tinged with sadness as Eric's three heart attacks are depicted. Ernie's contribution is beautifully credited: he is represented by a ventriloquist's dummy and there is a moment of unbearable tenderness as Golding puts the dummy away for the last time signally the end of the greatest double act this country has ever produced. I remember the day Eric's death was announced on the radio as one of the saddest of my life at that time and Bob Golding deserves enormous credit for generating such wonderful memories. - David Baxter
26 Feb 10
For me it took a while to warm up, but when it did, it accelerated and got very hot! Brilliant performance, with a well desrved standing ovation at the end. - Alan Bartlett
18 Jan 10
Tremendous work from everyone involved in this warm hearted account of a well lived life.
The script packs in every possible joke and Golding throws in all the visual references; even someone who'd never heard of Eric could enjoy this show although it is very British.
Laugh a minute but difficult not to shed a tear at the end, ARSENAL! - Andy Bell
30 Dec 09
An outstanding show. I am shocked by Mr Coveney's review and concur with a previous reviewer who questions exactly why he went back to see it again. Bob Golding has captured Eric Morecambe in a way no other impersonator has ever done, in my opinion, and this show is clearly the culmination of a great deal of work on his part. I thought that the portrayal of Ernie Wise as a ventriloquist's dummy was a very clever bit of staging and much better than having an actor play the role in what is a superb one-man show. How he remembers all that script is beyond me! GO AND SEE THIS SHOW! It is wonderful and well-deserving of the standing ovation that Bob Golding received at the end. - Ruth King
15 Dec 09
I loved this show when it was on tour pre-West End. I think that Michael Coveney's review is totally wrong. This was a brilliant performance, very moving and informative. It made me want to read Eric Morecambe's biography. - Teresa Webb
15 Dec 09
I am absolutely astonished at Michael Coveney's review. This is a funny, touching and deeply affectionate homage stunningly portrayed by Bob Golding. On the night I went it captivated the entire audience. Mr Coveney's transformation into into the Nicholas de Jongh for the next decade is complete. IGNORE THIS MAN AND GO !!!!! - Gareth James
14 Dec 09
WHY, when has has already dismissed the show in once ind Edinburgh - being the sole dissenting voice in over 50 reviews - did he come back and see it again for another publication? Once can only speculate that trotting out the same bad review for another paycheck was the motivation. One would hope for an improvement on the same sloppily written tosh he spewed up there, but sadly there was none.
I too saw the show in Edinburgh and was excited to see it again down here as I heard that many things had been added - including a sparkly new West End set (which was beautiful by the way) and two full E&E songs (which were great to hear Bob Golding do justice to). So, what confuses me about the above critique is how can my (and it seems everyone elses) can be so different? Certainly one could have a differing view of how the play could work, but whichever way you look at it, that is NOT a two star show! Even if he did not like the writing, the performance and direction are outstanding and. judging by the audience reaction in the room, Bob Golding gave them a fantastic night of entertainment and reignited some fabulous memories.
Mr Coveney might just be a little tired and he probably hopes that being the sole dissenter in a sea of positivity might give him his edge back.
NOT... - Ed Reviewer
12 Dec 09
This is a wonderful piece of theatre, brilliantly performed by Bob Golding. I can't recommend it highly enough;terrific script too. Anyone who enjoys skill will be captivated as I was. - Miriam Margolyes
12 Dec 09
how did Michael Coveney get a job as a critic? as a funny man once said ''there's no answer to that''. - Alistair Caven
11 Dec 09
Not entirely sure what planet Michael Coveney is on, as I thought 'Morecambe' was sensational. It sounds like a reviewer who had made up his mind before he went in, probably having already written his copy. No-one with any real appreciation of good theatre will feel "Short changed" and I urge anyone to go see this production, as Mr Coveney's review is complete nonsense. I will look out for future bad reviews from this man and make sure I see the production. - Frank Spackman
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