Lost Hancocks to make London debut

The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot

Birmingham Comedy Festival’s acclaimed production The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot is to make its London debut this autumn.

The performance will take place at The British Library on Thursday 20 September 2018.

The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot revives a previously lost radio series penned for comedian Tony Hancock by his close friend, and writer, Larry Stephens, in 1952.

Stephens was a major comedy writer of the period, and was instrumental in the success of The Goon Show – contributing scripts to every series of the seminal comedy. He also wrote material for Hancock’s stage and TV appearances.

Vacant Lot would have been Hancock’s first headline role in a recurring series – several years before Galton and Simpson’s Hancock’s Half Hour.

The scripts were discovered by Stephen’s cousin, Julie Warren, during research for her biography, Glarnies, Green Berets and Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens.

Returning to the production are impressionist James Hurn (BBC2’s Dead Ringers, Hancock and Co) as Hancock, and Janice Connolly (aka Mrs Barbara Nice, Phoenix Nights), plus Linda Hargreaves, Richard Usher, Mark Earby and Jimm Rennie.

James Hurn as Tony Hancock

Impressionist James Hurn as Tony Hancock in The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot

Listings:

Thursday 20 September 2018
Birmingham Comedy Festival presents:
The Lost Hancocks: Vacant Lot
Two long-lost radio scripts from the 1950s, written for comedian Tony Hancock by acclaimed comedy writer Larry Stephens (The Goon Show, The Army Game). Starring James Hurn, Janice Connolly, Linda Hargreaves, Richard Usher, Mark Earby and Jimm Rennie.
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tel: 01937 546546
7.30pm
Tickets: £15; Members/ Students/ U18/ Unemployed £10; Senior 60+ £12.
Buy Now

Part of The British Library’s Season Of Sound.

For more information, see:

Media Enquiries:

For all media enquiries, including image and interview requests, please contact us.