Following a sell-out tour last year, impressionist James Hurn is back by popular demand with his one-man, many voices show, celebrating over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour, writes Laura Burgoine…

At Greenwich’s Nomad Film and Theatre Festival, on the Cutty Sark, James is performing one lost episode of Hancock’s Half Hour and an episode he has written himself in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, with James voicing the entire cast. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson’s Hancock’s Half Hour was one of the earliest sitcoms, featuring Tony Hancock as ‘the lad himself’.

James is a master at recreating the accents and personas of iconic 20th century British favourites Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams. His CV also includes Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers and BBC Radio 4 programme Looking for Oil Drum Lane.

“Hancock’s Half Hour is so special because the performances, the writing and the characterisations were all spot on,” James said. “The actors worked brilliantly as an ensemble and the writing is timeless. It is enjoyed as much today as it was 60 years ago,”

Hancock and Co is at Cutty Sark Gardens on June 8 at 4.30pm. Admission: £12.

Photo:  Sally Laura Davey