A crackling comedy cure

A crackling comedy cure

First published in Discover Blackpool

Do you need a prescription for laughter? Then here comes the cure as the classic British comedy, Doctor in the House visits The Grand!

Doctor in the House, starring Joe Pasquale and and Robert Powell with Emma Barton and Tom Butcher, comes to the Grand Theatre from Monday 2nd July.

Doctor in the House follows the fortunes of Simon Sparrow starting as a new medical student at the fictional St Swithin's Teaching Hospital in London.

Taken from the novels by Richard Gordon, Doctor In The House was the most popular box office film of 1954 and this success spawned six sequels and a popular television series.

When young student, Simon Sparrow has to leave his first choice of lodgings to get away from his landlady's amorous daughter, he ends up with three amiable but less-than-shining fellow students as flat mates including the work shy Tony Grimsdyke (Joe Pasquale).

Towering over them all is the short-tempered, demanding chief surgeon, Sir Lancelot Spratt (Robert Powell), who strikes terror into his inadequate undergraduates.

Since being crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ in the 2004 series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Joe Pasquale (dubbed the hardest working man in comedy) hasn’t stopped!

A veteran of live comedy, he has been performing for over twenty years. In between stand up gigs he has voiced characters for Hollywood movies (Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and Horton Hears a Who!), appeared at five Royal Variety performances and become a mainstay of the British pantomime season. As well as performing, Joe has also qualified as a pilot, taken up boxing and competed in Celebrity Total Wipeout alongside Fatima Whitbread and Sally Gunnell!

Robert Powell is probably best known for playing Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth alongside Laurence Olivier and Christopher Plummer in 1977. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his role, and won the TV Times Best Actor award.

In 1978 he starred in The Thirty Nine Steps before appearing as Harlequin, in the film of the same name. For this role he won the Best Actor award at the 1980 Paris Film Festival.

Robert Powell also starred in The Detectives alongside Jasper Carrott. Originally a sketch as part of Carrott’s television series it proved so popular the pair turned it into a sitcom.

For six years Robert was a series regular in Holby City before leaving to concentrate on theatre – appearing as narrator in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. He currently has a regular spot on BBC4’s The Book Quiz.

Emma Barton and Tom Butcher also star in Doctor in the House. Emma is best known for playing Honey Mitchell, Billy Mitchell’s wife, in EastEnders. Since leaving the soap she has toured the UK in Chicago as Roxie Hart and appeared in Annie at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Tom Butcher appeared in The Bill for seven years, as PC Steve Loxton. He also appeared in Doctors as Dr Marc Elliott and played Tim Gaskill in Casualty.

Doctor in the House has delighted audiences for generations. Refereed by award-winning director Ian Talbot, this is comedy at its very best…the doctor will see you now!

Doctor in the House is at the Grand Theatre from Monday 2nd July – Saturday 7th July.

Tickets from £16.50 - £26.50.

Booking/transaction fees apply.

To book for any show you can call the Box Office on 01253 743339 or click here to book online, or visit us at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre. Booking/transaction fees apply

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