Competition: Life of comedy legend Norman Wisdom told in Barnstaple

PUBLISHED: 10:48 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 02 October 2017

Jack Lane will be telling the life story of Sir Norman Wisdom.

Jack Lane will be telling the life story of Sir Norman Wisdom.


The Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple hosts Wisdom of a Fool with Jack Lane on Saturday, October 14

One of British comedy’s best loved legends – Norman Wisdom – will have his life story told through the incredible acting of Jack Lane on Saturday, October 14.

Wisdom of a Fool – the life story of the truly legendary British comedian Sir Norman Wisdom – will be at The Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple at 7.30pm.

Star of 1950s British stage and screen, the legendary Norman Wisdom packed houses across the UK, won the hearts of millions and remains one of the UK’s comedy icons.

Success on the silver screen, including the hit song Don’t Laugh at Me, sealed his fame. But, as ever, fame came at a price…

Portraying 30 characters in this tour de force performance, Jack Lane takes you on an emotional roller coaster, revealing the man –and the extraordinary talent - behind the Gump costume.

********* To be in with a chance to win tickets to see the show CLICK HERE

The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman himself and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.

Jacqueline said: “Dad was once called ‘This little genius called Wisdom’ and this truly lives on in Jack Lane.”

Jack began his theatrical career in 2003 and honed his acting craft for over 10 years by working with many leading tour companies.

In 2010 Jack founded Engine Shed Theatre Company and went on to adapt three episodes and two Christmas specials of the classic BBC sitcom, Steptoe and Son which met with approval from the original writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.

Wisdom of a Fool embarked on a UK Tour in 2016/17 and is visiting Barnstaple on October 14.

*** To get tickets for the show, go to or call the box office on 01271 316063.

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