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Cutting the Strings Theatre presents: Three Days and Three Minutes with Larry at Theatre Severn

Slack-Alice and Everard are once more brought to life in this behind the scenes peek at TV presenter Larry Grayson. Said to be ‘waiting for the right woman to come along’ in a time when presenters could not be openly gay, the Generation Game host’s personal life has had a muted public attention. Three Days and Three Minutes with Larry takes the audience backstage at his last performance in 1994 at the Royal Variety Show, when the camp comedian befriended a spiritual healer to help him get his three minute act together. The team behind Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy have been researching the Grayson family archives to bring audiences closer to the beloved Generation Game host and relive some of his best loved material and characters.

Three Days… will star Ian Parkin as Larry. Ian is one of the founding members of 4 Poofs and a Piano, made famous by their long career on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. With 4 Poofs, Ian also toured nationally from sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, six years in a row at Glastonbury Festival and supporting Joan Collins on her one woman show. Solo, Ian has appeared in the West End in Call Me Madam with the late Noele Gordon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Peter Pan the Musical with Lulu and George Cole. Like the character he plays, he has also appeared in the Royal Variety Show.

Lee Peart will play his spiritualist friend Mark. Lee is a Manchester based comedian, presenter and actor. He has hosted Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend main stage for the past three years, and performed as a warm up act for TV shows such as Loose Women and The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Larry Grayson first appeared on our TV screens in the 1950s, which led to complaints that his act was too outrageous. He returned in the 1970s with Shut That Door! and The Larry Grayson Show, but his popularity was at its highest when he replaced Bruce Forsyth as the host of The Generation Game, where he stayed for four years. His last TV appearance was on 3rd December 1994 at the Royal Variety Performance; he suffered from a perforated appendix later in the month, and died in January 1995.

Writer Chris Mellor said “I first met a spiritual friend of Larry's, who told me about the way Larry made his big life decisions like giving up the Generation Game after consulting a Medium. After researching his archive I soon found that Larry's creative work was heavily influenced by those psychics who enjoyed his company. The play is a fun way of exploring the comedian's spiritual journey, and of course his hidden camp.”

Cutting The Strings specialize in providing choreographers, directors, theatrical management and consultancy specialists at a professional-level for events, productions and creative projects all over the world. In 2013, they toured Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy with Eric Potts, Steve Nallon and Steven Arnold to theatres around the UK.