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Following two acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival, two National tours and a West End season, ERIC AND LITTLE ERN, the brilliantly funny Olivier-nominated homage to the double act Morecambe and Wise, visits the Theatre Royal Bath for the first time on Sunday 2nd November with performances at 4pm and 7.30pm.

Eric and Little Ern - Jonty Stephens as Eric Morecambe and Ian Ashpitel as Ernie Wise - (3)

‘Like Morecambe and Wise themselves, this is a wonderfully funny, genuine,

and beautifully played two-hander.’ ★★★★★ – The Herald

The production vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era, recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances through the use of classic sketches alongside new material devised by the show’s performers.

‘Brilliantly acted and incredibly moving.’ – Chortle

Producers were granted rare permission by Eddie Braben to feature favourite moments from his writing just weeks before his untimely death earlier this year.  Together with further classic material licensed from the estates of Hills and Green, who wrote for Eric and Ern in their early career.

‘A hugely enjoyable piece of comedic theatre.’ – The List

Eric and Little Ern is performed by Ian Ashpitel as Ernie Wise and Jonty Stephens as Eric Morecambe, who have a wide variety of stage and television credits ranging from BBC drama to Shakespeare’s Globe.

Eric and Little Ern - Ian Ashpitel as Ernie Wise and Jonty Stephens as Eric Morecambe - (2)

Ian Ashpitel’s theatre work includes Kursk at London’s Young Vic and Sydney Opera House, Nicholas Nickleby at Chichester Festival Theatre, the UK tours of Brighton Rock, The Merchant of Venice and Jesus Christ Superstar. His television credits include Phone Shop, Starlings, Doctors and Thin Ice.  Prior to drama training, he spent nine years in the Royal Navy as a submarine radio operator.

Jonty Stephens’ theatre credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe, in the US and on UK Tour, including the Theatre Royal Bath in 2010; Coriolanus for the RSC and at the Kennedy Centre Washington; Simplicity on tour and at the Donmar; and the UK tour of Tales of Toad Hall. His television credits include Peaky Blinders, Coronation Street, Doctors, Silent Witness, Lewis, Moving On, The Lenny Henry Show and All About Me.

Director Owen Lewis most recently staged solo shows for Suggs, Mrs Moneypenny and Hardeep Singh Kohli. His theatre directing credits include The Only Way Is Downton at the

Pleasance in Edinburgh and St James Theatre, London, and Pete and Dud: Come Again in London, on UK tour and in New Zealand.

ERIC AND LITTLE ERN appears at the Theatre Royal Bath on Sunday 2nd November. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk