03:44PM, Tuesday 19 September 2017
Tony Hancock was a one off, which therefore makes impressionist and actor, James Hurn, a five off, in this excellent one-man show where he recreates three classic Hancock’s Half Hour radio episodes by playing all the parts!
Tony Hancock, Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques, yes Hattie Jacques and Hugh Lloyd were brought back to life by this very clever mimic. So good were the impressions, that if you were to close your eyes, you could believe that you were back in 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam, listening to the lad himself.
However, if you did close your eyes, you would have missed James’ uncannily accurate facials expressions and mannerisms of the cast from Hancock’s hangdog face to Sid James’s infamous laugh.
Being a Hancock fan, I still listen to the timeless episodes on Radio 4 Extra, but tonight I had the treat of watching them as well.
Hancock’s Half Hour: One Man, Many Voices was at Windsor Firestation on Friday, September 15.