A Tribute to One of Britain’s Best Loved Comedy Stars, John Le Mesurier

Leading impressionist Julian Dutton In… Do You Think That’s Wise? – The Life And Times Of John Le Mesurier
British Comedy Guide Recommended Show 2018*

In this affectionate tribute to one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, leading impressionist Julian Dutton (BBC1’s The Big Impression, BBC R4’s The Secret World, co-creator & co-star of BBC2’s Pompidou with Matt Lucas etc.) heads to Darwen Library Theatre this April to bring to life the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that charmed millions and turned John Le Mesurier into a household name as Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army.

As with many comedy stars, Le Mesurier’s life was not without tragedy – his broken marriage to Hattie Jacques, his betrayal by his best friend Tony Hancock – all these setbacks shook him, but his reputation as the quintessential English gentleman never wavered.

Packed with glorious reminiscences and stories from the golden age of classic British comedy, Julian Dutton’s show is a joyful and moving celebration of one of the most popular comic actors of our era.

“A compelling performance”

“You would think that John Le Mesurier was actually stood before you. An amazing biographical tale – look out for it on tour.”
The British Comedy Guide

“An impressionist tour de force”
The Independent

Jon Culshaw, English impressionist and comedian

“One of the best vocal performers around.”
BBC Comedy


Julian Dutton is a writer and performer whose work has won a British Comedy Award, a BAFTA, and a Radio Academy Gold Award. He is the co-creator and co-writer of the BBC TV comedy series, Pompidou, starring Matt Lucas; co-created, wrote and performed in four series of the BBC1 comedy hit, The Big Impression with Alistair McGowan, and his CBBC sitcom, Scoop, ran for three series of 39 eps.

He has written and performed in more than 200 radio comedy shows, including his own series, The Harpoon, the spoof Boy’s Own Magazine comedy, and Truly Madly Bletchley, described by The Independent as ‘the most confident new sitcom since The Navy Lark.’

Most recently he won the Radio Academy Gold Award for writing and performing in the impressions series The Secret World with Bill Dare for BBC Radio 4. He has toured as a comedian and impressionist and appeared in the West End supporting many of Britain’s top comics like Harry Hill and Al Murray.

‘Julian Dutton’s impression is a wonder to behold’
Lynn Bowles, BBC Radio Wales

VENUE: Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 3BU
DATE: Saturday 13th April 2019
TIME: 7.30pm
TICKET PRICES: Adult from £16.00
Concession from £14.00

Tickets are available
Online here.
By Phone: 01254 706006
In Person: From Darwen Library, Knott Street, Darwen or Darwen Leisure Centre, The Green, Darwen or King George’s Hall Box Office, Northgate, Blackburn.