Hambledon Productions Proudly Present
STEPTOE AND SON
by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Adapted by John Hewer
Albert and Harold; father and son. One proclaims he’s “a poor old man” while the other protests that actually he’s “a dirty old man!” In actual fact, both are telling the truth. These two warring rag-and-bone-men, in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, became household favourites for entire generations throughout the 60s and 70s and still they continue to entertain audiences today.
Now it’s time to relive some of their finest misadventures through this brand new production. Marking fifty-five years since the show’s first ever broadcast, Hambledon Productions (Hancock’s Half Hour – The Lost Episodes, Educating Rita, Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show) breathe life back into the Steptoe household with this faithful, fresh and hilarious adaptation of original episodes from the long-running smash hit BBC sitcom.
“The affection for the original shines through in this fine production. I’m delighted that the scripts and the characters continue to be cherished after all this time. The performances are marvellous.” – Ray Galton
“This energetic adaptation of some of Steptoe’s funniest, filthiest moments is the loveliest and most vibrant of tributes to Alan Simpson and Ray Galton” – Robert Ross (Comedy Historian)and most vibrant of tributes to Alan Simpson and Ray Galton:
Features the classic episodes: Divided We Stand, Men of Letters and Come Dancing.
Friday 23rd March – 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 / £10 (Under 16 / Over 60 / Student)
Selected Cast Biography
JOHN HEWER (Harold Steptoe)
John trained in Drama and Scriptwriting at the Northumbria University and was awarded the Fellow Studentship Award. Since forming Hambledon Productions in 2007, he has appeared in Charley’s Aunt, Hancock’s Half Hour: The Lost Episodes and Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show alongside pieces of his new-writing A Hard Act to Follow, STOP!… You’re Killing Me and A Fistful of Spaghetti. He also works freelance,having recently directed Penguinpig (TRAUM Theatre, UK tour) and written the radio play Within These Four Walls. John is also a prolific writer of pantomime and hosts the yearly scriptwriting workshop to promote new writing at the Riverhead Theatre in Lincolnshire.
JEREMY SMITH (Albert Steptoe)
Jeremy became a member of the National Youth Theatre in 1970 and during his time there he appeared in several Shakespearean productions and specially commissioned works by Peter Terson, which included Zigger Zagger, Fuzz and Spring Heeled Jack.
When he left the NYT he became involved in an experimental theatre group called Mrs Wiffles. By 1976 he was touring in many different productions including All For Mary, The Sound Of Murder and a trio of pantomimes. He also undertook a tour of Ten Times Table for the impresario Bill Kenwright, which toured for over a year and during this time had the good fortune to work alongside many of the great actors of the time such as Irene Handl, Dandy Nichols and Amanda Barrie.
In 1983 Jeremy joined London’s Young Vic Company and performed in classics such as The Caretaker, Macbeth, Twelfth Night and a series of plays written for the Young Vic in support of The World Wild Life Fund. It was during this period he appeared in the hit BBC series The Borgias.
Jeremy worked at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter in the mid-90s and appeared in the comedies Not Now Darling and Out Of Order, which also toured the West Country. He also performed in the Revue Wicked Lips and stage-managed Su Pollard’s one woman show A Song, A Frock and a Tinkle at The Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden.
For several years Jeremy lived in Spain and managed his wife, also an entertainer, as she performed in Hotels and Cabaret Clubs all over the Costa Blanca. He returned to Louth in 2010 and now spends his time in happy retirement helping out wherever he can at The Riverhead Theatre.