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'Likely Lad' comes to Bungay

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 09:47 01 August 2010

A FORMER "Likely Lad" is looking forward to a return to Bungay with his one-man show Two Men in a Boat.

Rodney Bewes, who played Bob in the '60s and '70s comedy The Likely Lads, will be at the Fisher Theatre next Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19.

A FORMER “Likely Lad” is looking forward to a return to Bungay with his one-man show Two Men in a Boat.

Rodney Bewes, who played Bob in the '60s and '70s comedy The Likely Lads, will be at the Fisher Theatre next Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19.

His adaptation of Jerome K Jerome's classic comedic book has been met with much critical acclaim, and has run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for four years.

He last played at the Fisher in 2007, with his other one-man show On the Stage and Off, and told The Journal that he was keen to revisit the venue. “I go to really big posh theatres but some of the little ones are far more fun,” he said. “I shall enjoy Bungay, I loved it last time. It's really a gas.”

Mr Bewes started doing the show 10 years ago, and will visit Bungay as part of his latest UK tour. The show is adapted from the original book to a 100 minute show, which he stars in, directs and produces himself.

It is set in 1912, 23 years after the book was written, with Jerome as narrator recalling the antics in the books. A scenery boat and a dog called Montmorency accompany Mr Bewes.

“The dog has four little red wheels and a handle and he's one of the best co-stars I've ever worked with,” he said. “He's always in the right place and never complains! Three Men in a Boat works ever so well as a one man show. People remember the books so well.”

Mr Bewes is currently enjoying some time off on a boat of his own, and Bungay will be his first show after that. He said that he had strangely been bumping into people from Bungay of late, randomly meeting a group of women from Bungay when he sailed to Dunkirk as part of the 70th anniversary of the mission to save soldiers from the beach in world war two.

And then he met another Bungay resident on Saturday when he was at a boat festival in Henley, near Reading.

He said he was still enjoying treading the boards after all these years. “The thing is never to retire,” he said. “People say, 'when did you retire,' and I give them a swift kick! I think I'm really lucky to do what I do.”

Mr Bewes will be signing programs and copies of his autobiography after the show.

Tickets are £12.50 and the show starts at 7.30pm. For more information call the Fisher Theatre on 01986 897130.

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