I remember when I was a child watching Tommy Cooper on TV, laughing excessively at all his jokes and magic tricks going wrong, so to get the chance to see The Tommy Cooper Show at the Rhyl Pavilion was my opportunity to be as close as I could to a live Tommy Cooper performance.
The show follows the ups and downs of Cooper’s live all done in true Tommy Cooper style with the gags, the magic tricks and the mannerisms of the comedy genius all performed with expertise by Daniel Taylor.
Daniel was supported by Sharon Byatt as Cooper’s wife Gwen and Gareth Jones as his long-suffering agent and manager, Miff Ferrie.
As soon as Daniel Taylor walked on to the stage and his performance of Tommy Cooper started, I knew that we were all in for a very special night, Daniel has Tommy Cooper down perfectly, from the way he moved on stage to even the movements of his fingers twitching during his jokes and tricks.
Not only does Daniel have the mannerisms, he also sounds very much like Cooper. A little bit in to the first half I close my eyes and listened to the show and it was like sitting in front of the TV and listening to a re-run of one of Tommy Cooper’s shows, it was uncanny.
The Tommy Cooper Show – The Life of Tommy
The Tommy Cooper Show is not just a collection of classic jokes or tricks, such as “spoon, jar, spoon, jar, jar,jar, spoon”, the show also takes on a journey of Tommy’s life from the start of his career to the sad moment of his untimely death on 15th April 1984 when he collapsed from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, halfway through his act on the TV show Live from Her Majesty’s which was being transmitted live from Her Majesty’s Theatre.
The show gives us a glimpse of Tommy’s life with the moment that he first met his wife and their life together, to the moment that Tommy met Miff Ferrie.
Sharon Byatt is superb as Tommy’s wife, her stage presence and voice were both a joy to watch and listen to, her on stage time with Daniel Taylor was also love to see.
During the evening’s performance at the Rhyl Pavilion, Gareth Jones (who many will know from the TV How 2) was playing the part of Miff and also Tommy’s son among other roles. It was lovely to see Gareth on the stage in multiple roles which he carried off perfectly.
My particular favourite and a rather odd one, was his impersonation of the Queen, certainly had me laughing in my seat.
The Tommy Cooper Show is a brilliant piece of theatre, it’s hilariously funny and emotional, this is a show that any Tommy Cooper fan should go and see, Daniel has Cooper spot on.
If you get the chance to see The Tommy Cooper Show during its tour then I highly recommend going to see it, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
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