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Tribute to a classic showman

PUBLISHED: 11:54 12 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 06 July 2010

CLIVE Mantle calls into Lowestoft next Saturday as he pays tribute to a remarkable performer at the Marina Theatre.

Jus' Like That! A Night Out With Tommy Cooper will see Clive celebrate the career of the popular showman.

CLIVE Mantle calls into Lowestoft next Saturday as he pays tribute to a remarkable performer at the Marina Theatre.

Jus' Like That! A Night Out With Tommy Cooper will see Clive celebrate the career of the popular showman. It is written by John Fisher, who worked for many years with Tommy, and features all the best gags and magic tricks that helped make him such a big hit.

Leading man Clive Mantle is best known for his roles as Dr Mike Barratt in Casualty and Holby City, and Simon Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. Speaking before his 136-date tour, he was really looking forward to now playing Tommy Cooper.

“It's such a privilege playing Tommy - I genuinely love the man. He is one of the funniest comedians this country has ever produced. So this whole tour for me is just an immense thrill,” he said.

“We're reminding people what an outstanding comedian he was and reminding them what made them sit glued to their TV every watching him and roaring with laugher. The show also gives them a glimpse of what went on behind all that.”

“I hope it reminds people what an absolute genius Tommy was and why he entertained four generations so brilliantly. He made millions of people's lives happier, and what could be better than that?"

Before this show, the theatre welcomes a number of other performers.

Today and tomorrow offer the final chances to see The Birmingham Stage Company present George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

On Sunday, John Holmes pays tribute to Jack Rose with a nostalgic look at Lowestoft, while next Friday Birds of a Feather's Lesley Joseph bring outrageous new musical Hot Flush to the town.

For more information and tickets call 01502 533200 or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk

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