Apollo Theatre Company – best known for its reproductions of famous radio shows of the 1950s and 1960s – is back on tour this autumn with a new selection from the golden age of UK radio comedy.
Apollo's new show is again based on classic episodes of the BBC's Hancock's Half Hour - but this time culled from a group of over 20 "lost" episodes, whose recordings were once thought lost or scripts destroyed.
Hancock's Half Hour: The Lost Episodes each night presents three episodes in rotation from a list of four: The New Neighbour, The Matador, The Winter Holiday and The Red Planet, all by Galton and Simpson and all rarely heard since they were first broadcast.
The tour is extensive, with short stops at around 40 theatres, including in our region The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough (October 2-3), Harrogate Theatre (October 4), Grand Opera House, York (October 5), Leeds City Varieties (October 8), Stockport Plaza (October 9) and Cast in Doncaster (October 17).
Producer and director Tim Astley said: “Being a radio comedy show, these characters and their world largely exist in people’s imaginations and this show, which recreates a BBC recording studio of the 1950s, gives audiences a chance to see them brought to life like never before and creates a unique experience for fans. Hancock’s Half Hour was one of the greatest comedy shows of all time and it’s truly an honour to be able to bring it to the stage.”
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