THE Steptoe And Son Radio Show, adapted for the stage by John Hewer, visits the Grand Opera York, on October 18 on its nationwide autumn tour.
Marking 60 years since the first broadcast of the classic BBC television comedy, the show is based on Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s original TV scripts.
The cast sees the return of Jeremy Smith and Hewer as Albert Steptoe and son Harold respectively, having starred in the UK tours of Steptoe And Son in 2017-2018 and Christmas With Steptoe And Son from 2019 to 2021.
Smith trained at the National Youth Theatre, was a member of the Young Vic Company and has toured in productions ranging from farce to Shakespeare. Hewer works as a writer and director but is best known for his portrayal of Tommy Cooper in Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show and his performance as Tony Hancock in Hancock’s Half Hour – The Lost Episodes.
Steptoe And Son ran for eight series from 1962 to 1974 and spawned two film spin-offs. Telling the story of two warring rag-and-bone-men in their Shepherd’s Bush scrapyard home, Albert and Harold became household favourites across the generations and continue to entertain audiences today. One proclaims to be “a poor old man” while the other protests that he is “a dirty old man”. Both are right!
This latest adaptation features three classic episodes, transformed into a radio play. “The attraction is that these vintage stories will be presented with the emphasis now squarely on the script and the dynamism between the central characters,” says Hewer.
“It’s a different theatricality. We’re still in costume and ‘in character’, but this time it’s a mock-up of a live studio recording, with its flashing ‘Applause’ lights and direct address from the performers making the audience feel directly involved.
“The three chosen episodes – Is That Your Horse Outside?, A Death In The Family and Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs – will easily familiarise and reacquaint audiences with the Steptoe saga, allowing them to explore all the foibles and tropes of this most iconic father-and-son pairing.”
Produced by Hambledon Productions and Apollo Theatre Company, The Steptoe And Son Radio Show is suitable for age 12 upwards. Box office: 0844 871 7615 or atgtickets.com/york.