Following their successful visit to Chester Little Theatre with their production of Scaramouche Jones in February 2013, White Cobra Productions return to the venue with their production of Hancock’s Last Half Hour on Saturday, February 15.
Like their debut play Scaramouche Jones, this show had been rattling round in their minds for several years as a possibility to perform, but for one reason or another nothing happened.
When they came to the decision that they would like to produce the piece, the problems really started!
The script for Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams has been out of print for many years, and tracking one down proved far from easy.
After a search lasting several months, taking in the British Museum, strange former publishing houses, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, they finally tracked down the daughter of the writer himself.
It’s difficult to imagine the effect Tony Hancock’s legendary TV shows had on the British public in the early 1960s.
Even politicians raised questions about whether the BBC was right to broadcast the show on the evening of a general election – fearing it would affect the turnout!
Sadly his star soon started to wane, but for a time his star burned brighter than anyone else’s.
This play looks at how, in less than a decade, he went from being the biggest name on British television to committing suicide.
The play runs for one night only at Chester Little Theatre, Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester on Saturday, February 15 with curtain up at 8pm.
Tickets £10 and £9 concessions are available from 0844 8700 887 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event.