Lancaster Grand show pays tribute to Formby

Ewan Wardrop as George Formby in the one-man show, Formby.

Ewan Wardrop as George Formby in the one-man show, Formby.

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A funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent comes to the Lancaster Grand tonight, Tuesday May 20.

Formby, starring Ewan Wardrop, charts the rise of George Formby from awkward stable boy to one of Britain’s biggest stars.

In a one-man performance, Ewan plays the role of the ukele-playing star as well as other key characters in Formby’s life.

Formby, which is written by Ewan and co-devised and directed by Ed Hughes, is a celebration of one of Britain’s greatest performers.

The production features many of Formby’s classic hits recreated by Wardrop on the ukulele, including Blackpool Rock, Leaning On a Lamp-Post, When I’m Cleaning Windows, TT Races and Mr Wu.

Ewan is an actor, dancer and musical comedian, appearing regularly on the comedy circuit as well as on stage and on screen.

He initially trained as a dancer and was a principal performer with Matthew Bourne’s company Adventures in Motion Pictures.

He played leading roles in Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and The CarMan.

Ed Hughes’ previous director credits include Romeo and Juliet with Astillero Tango Orchestra and The Farmer and the Shepherd, plus the part of Mayakovsky in Andrew Rattenbury’s Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain.

For tickets, priced £14/£13 concessions, call the box office on 01524 64695 or go online at www.lancastergrand.co.uk