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Hancock’s Half Hour: The Lost Episodes



28 August -
2 September 2023


“Stone me, what a life!”

In 1954, Tony Hancock burst onto the airwaves with a comedy show unlike any other. Playing a less successful version of himself and surrounded by fellow comedy greats, Hancock’s Half Hour was one of the first programmes in the genre we now know as sitcom. From the critically acclaimed producers of Round the Horne and The Goon Show comes another radio comedy classic live on stage.

Written by young up-and-comers Galton and Simpson, Hancock’s Half Hour redefined radio comedy and has had people laughing non-stop for the past 65 years. So take a trip to 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam to join ‘the lad himself’ for three classic episodes of this hilarious show.



John Hewer
Tony Hancock
John studied Drama and Scriptwriting at Northumbria University.  Last year, John co-produced and directed The Steptoe & Son Radio Show in which he also played Harold. Other theatre credits include I Spy Brian and At the Wake (Lincolnshire Tours), and playing Tommy Cooper in Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show.  His recent directing credits include the pantomime Peter Pan (Louth Riverhead Theatre) and Nature Elly (Barmpot Theatre, Little Angel Theatre).  His recent writing credits include Maybe Dick, Dracula! One Bloody Fang After Another (National Tour), An Apple A Day - The Musical (Louth Riverhead Theatre) and adapting classic episodes of Steptoe and Son and The Milligan Papers.
Ben Craze
Sid James
Ben graduated from The Birmingham School of Speech & Drama in 1984 and has since worked in many areas of the acting profession. Community Theatre in his ancestral county of Cornwall, Repertory Theatre (some Weekly Rep!), National Tours, The West End (including Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel (Garrick Theatre) and Royal National Theatre Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams (Lyttleton Theatre). He even worked for a year as a professional clown with Zippo & Co, which as well as being great training helped him to gain his Equity Card after leaving Drama School. More recently Ben has been working on the new 'Immersive Experience' attraction 878AD set in Anglo-Saxon Winchester playing various characters such as the 'Storyteller'. TV credits include, among others, Wild West [Dawn French] BBC, My Hero [Ardal O’Hanlon & Hugh Dennis] BBC, Jonathan Creek [Alan Davis] BBC, The Bill ITV, and various Commercials.
Callum Hale
Bill Kerr
Callum trained at East 15 Acting School and has been performing and writing professionally for over ten years. Some of his stage credits include; San Domino (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Ladykillers (The Dugdale), The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Dell) and Pirates of Penzance (The Tabard Theatre). He has written and adapted a number of pieces for stage including; Isaac Saddlesore and the Witches of Drenn (The Hen and Chickens), Tristram Shandy – Gentleman (The Tabard Theatre), The Woman in the Wind (Phoenix Arts Club), A Christmas Carol (School Tour), and the podcast Crumbleflan! Callum has provided narration for many audiobooks and was awarded N.N Light Book Heaven's Audiobook Narrator of the Year 2022.
Colin Elmer
Kenneth Williams
Colin is thrilled to re-join the cast of Hancock’s Half Hour as Kenneth Williams.   He has previously played Kenneth in Apollo’s production of Round the Horne, the success of which led to his one-man show, Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams.   However, Kenneth is not the only comedy legend that he’s had the privilege of portraying. In 2018, he played Spike Milligan in Apollo’s UK tour of The Goon Show.   Other theatre credits include: The 39 Steps at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester. The Plain Dealer, Richard III, Not About Heroes, The Winslow Boy, God of Carnage, The Servant, Art and Festen.   A prolific voiceover artist, Colin has created character voices for games such as Warhammer: Total War, Invizimals, Divinity: Original Sin, Quote and SPACE HULK: Deathwing, as well as BBC Open University online games.
Alice Osmanski
Andree Melly
Alice trained at East 15.   Previously for Apollo, Alice has appeared in A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen.   Other theatre credits include: Some Mothers Do Ave Em (UK Tour), Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear (Blackeyed Theatre), The Entertainer (Curve Theatre/Simon Friend), Much Ado About Nothing (Merely Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Sirrah Sisters), The Secret Garden (Spinning Wheel Theatre), The Adventures of Isaac Saddlesore (Micawber Theatre), Macbeth (Merely Theatre), The Velveteen Rabbit (Spinning Wheel Theatre), The Chainsaw Manicure (Idle Discourse), Breydon Crowther (Eastern Angles) and Jane Eyre (Rosemary Branch).   Alice has also appeared in award winning podcast, Wooden Overcoats and plays the titular role in Wireless Theatre’s audio comedy, Drayton Trench.
Clive Greenwood
BBC Announcer
This is Clive’s second outing with Apollo having previously played Harry Secombe in their production of The Goon Show.  Clive has portrayed a host of comedy greats including Frankie Howerd in the national tour of Up Pompeii, Not Tonight Caligula and Howerd’s End, Kenneth Williams in Cleo, Camping Emmanuel and Dick, Rigsby in Rising Damp, as well as stage adaptations of Only Fools and Horses as Boycie and Blackadder as Melchett.  Clive co-wrote Goodbye: The (After)life of Cook & Moore, imagining Pete and Dud reunited in the afterlife and facing judgement for Derek & Clive, which enjoyed a sell-out London run. It returns to London in 2019 for the Vaults Festival. Clive also appeared in it as Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Rigsby, Frankie Howerd, Charles Hawtrey and Terry Thomas.  Recent TV includes Private Lives of the Monarchs, (History Channel) The Rebel (UK Gold) Family Court (C5), Little Fergie and Great Ships.

Tim Astley


“A hugely entertaining evening”
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