The fame game - 20th century icons

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This article is from 2009.

Eric Morcambe

Bob Golding as Eric Morcambe

Next year the Fringe will be wall to wall Jacko. This year, Brian Donaldson finds a broad range of 20th century icons coming at us

Burton

A presentation of the world’s third ever loudest Welshman (probably after Max Boyce and Bryn Terfel), an actor who helped shape the attitudes of a generation of actors and who was so boozed up that he kept forgetting to stop marrying the same woman.
Venue 13, Lochend Close, 07074 201313, 19–30 Aug, 7.15pm, £8 (£5).

Almost Like a Virgin

Evelyne Brink, the world’s number one Madonna impersonator (she really, really looks and sounds like her) played the blonde reinventor as part of Fringe comedy The Guru last year but strikes out on her own to sing the songs that made the whole world sing. Possibly stuff like ‘Beautiful Stranger’ and ‘Like a Prayer’ if she’s got any sense.
Pleasance Dome, Bristo Square, 0131 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 12, 19), 7.50pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5.

By Grace: A New Musical

The problems with living vicariously through a celebrity icon is the key subject here as we meet those having to keep smiling through the wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.
Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, 0131 447 0111, 10–15 Aug (not 11, 14), various times, £5.

Morecambe

Last year, Michael Barrymore was Spike Milligan. This year’s chosen dead British comedy icon is Eric Morecambe, the former director of Luton Town, with Bob Golding doing the uncanny portrayal bit. In the 25 years since Eric’s death his popularity has not waned. Why is that then?
Assembly Hall, Mound Place, 0131 623 3030, 8–31 Aug (not 17), 4.10pm, £13–£15 (£11–£14). Previews 6&7 Aug, £10.

Frank

The key question here is which Sinatra will we be getting: the vocal genius that swung with the best of them or the sub-mafioso who demanded ill-founded respect everywhere he went? Please let it be the sub-mafioso Sinatra.
Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street, 0845 508 8515, 10–29 Aug (not 16, 23), 10.15pm, £8–£10 (£7). Previews 7&8 Aug, £8 (£7).

This article is from 2009.

Burton

Vividly presenting the life of the great Welsh actor from humble beginnings to Hollywood megastar. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant, often hilarious one-man show.

Almost Like a Virgin

  • 3 stars

UK's premiere Madonna impersonator Evelyne Brink ('The One and Only', 'Richard and Judy') reveals all about the extraordinary life of mimicking Madge. Featuring old favourites, original songs, and the real life of a fake Madonna. www.almostlikeavirgin.com

By Grace: A New Musical

Caught in the whirlwind of screen legend Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier, those loosely connected to her deal with the fickleness of fame as they live vicariously through the wedding of an American princess.

Frank

Frank Sinatra had it all - hits, films, women, riches, power and fame - but at what cost? This new play casts the greatest voice of the 20th century as a modern Faustus in hock to a mafiosi Mephistopheles.

Morecambe

  • 4 stars

Tim Whitnall's play brilliantly celebrates Eric Morecambe, Comedian of the Century. Affectionate lad with funny bones, born entertainer, the man what brought us sunshine, 'the tall one with glasses'. Hilarious, moving, sensational, Bob Golding is directed by Guy Masterson. Already the best selling show on the fringe.

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