It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
Universal Theatrical Group is the team behind...
"Steptoe and Son" to close 15 April 2006
Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane is to close 1 week early on 15 April 2006 at the Comedy Theatre, after a run of 2 months.
(Michael Frayn's Donkey's Years expected to replace it).
The show opened 22 Feb 2006, following previews 16 Feb 2006 to reasonable notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "It relies upon silly, farcical outrageousness rather than the inventive black comedy and the psychological sharpness of the original Steptoe." JAMES RAMPTON for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Riveting...As much as anything, Roger Smith's production is a tragedy of unexpressed emotions."CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A huge amount to enjoy." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The sketches themselves are uneven."
Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane , which premiered at The York Theatre Royal in Oct 2005, is written by Ray Galton & John Antrobus, it is based on the TV series created and written by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson.
It features Harry Dickman (Albert) , Jake Nightingale (Harold), Alyson Coote (Fiona / Joyce), Juliet Howland (NT Woman / Pamela), Laurence Kennedy (Ribbentop)
It is directed by Roger Smith, designed by Nigel Hook, lighting by Richard G Jones.
This new play is set in the future. Albert is dead, killed in a fit of temper by Harold who escaped to South America to avoid his crime. Years later, Harold returns to the scene of his crime and finds the ghost of his dead father waiting for him. Even from the grave the arguments continue.