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New Play about Larry Grayson

Larry

Cutting the Strings Theatre presents:

Three Days and Three Minutes with Larry

A nostalgic and intimate insight into Generation Game host Larry Grayson’s last public appearance. Starring Ian Parkin (4 Poofs and a Piano) and Lee Peart

Written by Chris Mellor | Directed by John Jackson Almond

UK Tour 13 March to 30 April

LONDON PRESS PERFORMANCE: 22nd April at Museum of Comedy

Slack-Alice and Everard are once more brought to life in this behind the scenes peek at TV presenter Larry Grayson. Said to be ‘waiting for the right woman to come along’ in a time when presenters could not be openly gay, the Generation Game host’s personal life has had a muted public attention. Three Days and Three Minutes with Larry takes the audience backstage at his last performance in 1994 at the Royal Variety Show, when the camp comedian befriended a spiritual healer to help him get his three minute act together. The team behind Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy have been researching the Grayson family archives to bring audiences closer to the beloved Generation Game host and relive some of his best loved material and characters.

Three Days… will star Ian Parkin as LarryIan is one of the founding members of 4 Poofs and a Piano, made famous by their long career on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. Lee Peart will play his spiritualist friend Mark

Larry Grayson first appeared on our TV screens in the 1950s, which led to complaints that his act was too outrageous. He returned in the 1970s with Shut That Door! and The Larry Grayson Show, but his popularity was at its highest when he replaced Bruce Forsyth as the host of The Generation Game, where he stayed for four years. His last TV appearance was on 3rd December 1994 at the Royal Variety Performance; he suffered from a perforated appendix later in the month, and died in January 1995.

Writer Chris Mellor said “I first met a spiritual friend of Larry’s, who told me about the way Larry made his big life decisions like giving up the Generation Game after consulting a Medium. After researching his archive I soon found that Larry’s creative work was heavily influenced by those psychics who enjoyed his company. The play is a fun way of exploring the comedian’s spiritual journey, and of course his hidden camp.”

Listings information

13 – 23 March ​​Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

​​​42-44 Gaisford Street, Kentish Town, London NW5 2ED

​​​​​www.lionandunicorntheatre.co.uk

 24 – 26 Mar​​ Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne

108-112 Seaside Rd, Eastbourne BN21 3PF

​​​7.30pm, Sat matinee 3pm | £15 (£12 concs)

​​​www.royalhippodrome.com | 01323 802020

 15 Apr​​​ Broadway Theatre, Barking

​​​Broadway, Barking, Greater London IG11 7LS

​​​7.30pm | £10 (£8 concs)

​​​020 8507 5607

 16 Apr​​​  Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield 

Corporation Street Chesterfield S41 7TX 

3.30pm & 7.30pm | £19 (£17 concs)
www.pomegranatetheatre.co.uk01246 345222

 17 Apr​​​Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

E Parade, Rhyl, Clwyd LL18 3AQ 
www.rhylpavilion.co.uk01745 330000

 18 Apr​​​ Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Catherine St, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S65 1EB 
www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk01709 823621

 22 – 23 Apr​​ Museum of Comedy, London

​​​The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR

​​​7pm | £15

​​​www.museumofcomedy.com | 02075341744

 24 Apr​​​Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

​​​Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT

​​​7.30pm | £16

​​​www.theatresevern.co.uk | 017843 281281

 27 Apr​​​Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

​​​Lowther Terrace, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 5QQ

​​​7.30pm | £15.50 (£14 concs)

​​​www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk | 01684 892277

 29 – 30 Apr​​The Festival Theatre, Malvern

Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3HB

7.30pm, Sat matinee £2.30pm | £24.64  –£14.56

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk01684 892 277

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