Wisdom Of A Fool

Wisdom Of A Fool

Wed 27th Sept / 7:30pm / Theatre

Tickets: £20 

In this acclaimed emotional roller coaster one-man play; Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s wellknown character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style. The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price... Jack plays 30 characters throughout this tour de force performance. The Gump costume that features in the play belonged to Norman and has been generously loaned to the production by his son and daughter, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.


"Dad was once called 'This little genius called Wisdom' and this truly lives on in Jack Lane.

His performance was compelling and the characters he played dovetailed together so cleverly.

Wearing Dad's gump suit, which no one else has ever done, brought Dad back to life. It was incredibly emotional for me and I know that Dad would be very flattered and proud that Jack's performances rightfully earned him standing ovations every night. Thank you Jack, for keeping my father's memory alive."

- Jacqueline Wisdom


“If the harder you work the luckier you become then Jack Lane deserves all the luck in the world for his moving portrayal of the life of my father, Norman Wisdom. His attention to detail would have surely impressed him and it was a delight to see Jack perform in one of his original suits, that for me was a poignant part of the show.”

- Nicholas Wisdom


"Just spent a fabulous evening in The Little Theatre Leicester watching Jack Lane be a brilliant Norman Wisdom. Spontaneous standing ovation. Bravo."  

- Brenda Blethyn  


"Lane is simply unbelievable as Wisdom: he can do it all, the voice, the physicality and above all, the character.”

- David Benson - Actor (Think No Evil of Us)



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