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Wisdom of a Fool

Star of 1950s British stage and screen, the legendary Norman Wisdom packed houses across the UK, won the hearts of millions and remains one of the UK’s comedy icons.

The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraced his trademark manic slapstick routine and catapulted him to stardom. Over the years he perfected an act that would go on to shape his unique style; his cloth cap, ill-fitting suit and classic underdog character leading Charlie Chaplin to describe him as his ‘favourite clown’.

Success on the silver screen including the hit song Don’t Laugh at Me sealed his fame. But, as ever, fame came at a price… Portraying thirty characters in this tour de force performance, Jack Lane takes you on an emotional roller coaster, revealing the man – and the extraordinary talent – behind the Gump costume. The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman himself and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.

 "Wearing Dad's gump suit, which no one else has ever done, brought Dad back to life. It was incredibly emotional for me and I know that Dad would be very flattered and proud that Jack's performances rightfully earned him standing ovations every night. Thank you Jack, for keeping my father's memory alive." Jacqueline Wisdom

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  • The standing ovation at curtain-fall couldn't have been more deserved
    Mid Hampshire Observer

  • For two hours I laughed, fought back the overwhelming urge to cry, then laughed some more
    Mid Hampshire Observer

  • Thank you Jack, for keeping my father's memory alive
    Jacqueline Wisdom

  • Amazing!
    Brenda Blethyn

  • Incredible!
    British Theatre Guide

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