Fans of the legendary masters of comedy Laurel and Hardy are in for a treat at Chester Little Theatre in June.

Written by Gillian Plowman and produced by White Cobra Productions, Another Fine Mess is a heart warming comedy about the ups and downs of Stephen and Phil whose tribute act to Laurel and Hardy includes some of the duo’s classic sketches.

As the pair, Richard Jordan as Laurel/Stephen and Paul Fowler as Hardy/Phil, rehearse in the back room of a pub, real life intervenes and a shocking revelation from Phil strains their relationship, possibly to destruction.

Richard has twice won the best actor award at the Isle of Man drama festival in the last three years whilst Paul is making his first appearance for White Cobra, having directed their production of Days of Wine Roses which was took the best play award in the British final in 2014.

Richard says: “To play Stan Laurel, half of the most famous double act in the history of cinema is a huge thrill, and a huge responsibility.”

The three-strong cast is completed by Kate Billingham who plays Meg, Stephen’s girlfriend.

The play is directed by Martin Borley-Cox who said: “Laurel & Hardy’s comedy shines through in the play, by recreating some of Stan & Ollie’s classic sketches, you realise how clever they were. They were incredibly funny. Even today, nearly 100 years after their first film together, they’re guaranteed to make you smile.

“But, this play has some big surprises too. Because of Phil’s revelations, emotions run high and laughter quickly turns to tears. But at the end of the day, I think this is an incredibly uplifting play. Laurel & Hardy had a partnership, and a friendship, that lasted a lifetime and quite rightly our play is all about friendship.”

In the last three years, White Cobra have won 15 awards for acting, directing, set design, costume and make-up. In 2014, the company claimed four awards at the British All Winners’ Drama Festival and are through to the finals of this year’s competition which is held in July.

Another Fine Mess is being staged at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester on Saturday, June 11 at 7.45pm. Tickets are now on sale at £10/£9 (concs) from TicketSource 0333 666 3366 or online at (admin charges apply to online and telephone bookings.)