Formby brought back to life

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ONE of Wigan’s best known stars will be brought to life in a critically acclaimed show being shown next month.

Formby - which is due to be shown at the Lowry Theatre in Salford - follows George Formby’s rise from awkward stable boy to Britain’s biggest wartime celebrity.

In a unique one-man performance Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life.

Formby is said to be a funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent.

The production, described as a little stick of theatrical dynamite’ by one national critic, features many of Formby’s classic hits brilliantly recreated by the acting and musical skills of Ewan Wardrop, including Blackpool Rock, Leaning on a Lamp-post, When I’m Cleaning Windows, TT Races and many more.

The eldest of seven, George Formby was brought up in Hindley and after originally wanting to become a jockey he went on to become Britain’s biggest star, famed for his comical songs, usually playing the ukulele well as appearing in many films. Opening to critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Formby is not only a celebration of one of Britain’s greatest performers, but a funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent.

Formby is at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, Salford, from Thursday September 5 to Saturday September 7.

For more information and tickets visit http://www.thelowry.com/event/formby or call 0843 208 6000.