Liverpool’s Royal court is in Another Fine Mess!
Legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy are heading for Liverpool in a world premiere production of Sons of the Desert.
The Royal Court will put on the slapstick comedy - the first time it has ever been seen on stage - in September with new artistic director Ken Alexander taking the helm. Actors playing Stan and Ollie are yet to be revealed.
But the show will form part of the Liverpool Comedy Festival which runs from September 27 to October 26.
The script for the play is a direct transcript of the famous 1933 film and producers have secured the rights to transfer the show to the West End if it is a success.
It has the backing of the rights holders to both the Laurel and Hardy franchise and the film itself.
Royal Court chief executive and Sons of the Desert producer Kevin Fearon said today: "This is a show I've been hoping to be able to produce for a few years now. I've always been a big fan of Laurel and Hardy and everyone involved in the project has leapt at the chance to be involved. There are some big challenges involved in transferring a film to stage but we know how dedicated Stan and Ollie fans are so we are determined to get it just right. We know how much our Liverpool audience loves a good comedy so we're producing one of the best."
In Sons of The Desert Stan and Ollie are in need of some rest, some relaxation and some time away from their wives. Stan persuades their better halves that Ollie is suffering from "a nervous shakedown" and so they should head off to Honolulu for the good of their health.
In fact they head back to Chicago for the annual meeting of The Sons Of The Desert Lodge and their wives will never find out. Unless the ship that they were supposed to be travelling on happens to sink.
The real Laurel and Hardy appeared on stage three times in Liverpool - at the Empire in 1947, 1952 and 1953.
More info and tickets: www.royalcourtliverpool.com