This weekend, audiences around the country will have been taken into a bygone era by Stan & Ollie, a film guaranteed to ensure we fall in love all over again with Laurel and Hardy, courtesy of Steve Coogan and John C Reilly’s remarkable, eerily exact impersonations.
Laurel, lest we forget, was born in Lancashire, made his stage debut in Glasgow, aged 16, and honed his clowning abilities amid the music-hall world that sprouted up in the mid-Victorian period.
Originally, the “straight” man stood on stage as a means of repeating or feeding lines to the comic, but grew as a foil in his own right. Among the first Victorian double acts to find favour were a duo – Joe O’Gorman and Joe Tennyson – called...
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