Celebration of a comedy genius

Tommy Cooper portrayed by Daniel Taylor
Tommy Cooper portrayed by Daniel Taylor

Tomorrow night sees a unique portrayal of one of the true greats of British comedy - Tommy Cooper.

It will be given by West End actor Daniel Taylor who also dreamed up the idea with Liverpool writer Ian Carroll, after a conversation in which Taylor expressed his desire to play the great man.

Daniel Taylor is best known throughout the country for his role as Sammy in Willy Russell`s Blood Brothers but is also a familiar face on TV from his work in drama and soaps such as Brookside, The Bill, Game On and Cardiac Arrest.

This current show is a celebration of Tommy`s journey from his days in the army right up to the height of his national TV stardom.

The story is told by Tommy (Daniel), his wife Gwen (Sharon Byatt) and his long suffering manager Miff Ferrie (played by TV’s Gaz Top).

The show aims to bring Tommy to life and has won praise as it tours the UK with Dave Jennings of the British Theatre Guide saying: “It`s difficult to conceive a better recreation of such a unique and memorable character. Daniel Taylor is breath taking as Tommy Cooper.”`

Asked why he felt Tommy Cooper was so special, Daniel commented: “He was given that wonderful and rare gift to make people laugh even if it was just by standing there.

“His comedy was innocent and appealed to all ages. His jokes will stand the test of time and will last for generations to come, as has been proven by the audience reaction to our show.

“He was also an incredible magician who worked tirelessly at his craft especially when he purposely made the tricks go wrong.”

Of his own interpretation, Daniel added: “It happens Just Like That! As it has been mentioned many times before I simply aim to bring him back to life.

The innocence, mania, look and of course that infectious laugh of his. There will simply be no entertainer like him again.”

After receiving standing ovations and selling out up and down the country The Tommy Cooper Show arrives in Eastbourne on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets £15 and £12 Concessions) www.royalhippodrome.com or 01323 726 756.