Company: Torch Theatre
“Bearing a striking resemblance to the diminutive star… Rees superbly captures the camp actor’s voice and mannerisms… you will laugh and cry in equal measure – and he’s a dab hand at mimicking Kenneth Williams’ famous nasal voice, too.” The Western Mail
“Carry on clapping, a standing ovation for star of one-man show… Rees sashayed onto stage, instantly nailing Hawtrey’s affected purr… From his effeminate pose - knees tight together, arms gesturing extravagantly - to his shrill laugh and acid tongue.” The Western Telegraph
Charles Hawtrey was one of the leading lights of the Carry On Film franchise.
Bubbly, energetic and extremely funny Hawtrey was one of the best known comedy actors of the 40s, 50s and 60s but as his career waned so his behavior became more drunken, promiscuous and eccentric losing him many friends in an age when male homosexuality in Britain was illegal and punishable by a prison sentence.
See him in this one-man show as he regales stories of 50 years in the film industry working with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and starring in films including The Ghost of St Michael’s, Passport to Pimlico and a total of 21 Carry Ons. Hear of his hilarious run-ins with Kenneth Williams and his disdain of the Carry On producers as well as a complex relationship with his senile mother.
Performed by Jamie Rees in what would have been the centenary year of Hawtrey’s birth.