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The life of local comedy legend Max Miller will be revealed on stage during the upcoming Brighton Fringe Festival.
Set in his hometown, ‘The Cheeky Chappie’ tells the story of Miller’s juxtaposed working and personal life, forming a run of shows at The Marlborough Theatre.
Documenting his on-stage career as the highest paid comedian of his time, the play realises Miller’s 'cheeky' stage persona masked a loveless marriage, leading to an awkward affair and fall from public affection.
Written by Dave Simpson and directed by Andrew Lynford, the play was originally brought to life in 2004 at the Union Theatre in London. Jamie Kenna, who played Miller, will be repeating his acclaimed performance during the Brighton shows.
An established stage, TV and film actor and long-standing Brighton resident, Kenna is proud to be bringing Miller’s story home. He said:
“After first playing Max Miller eight years ago, I became a huge fan; he really is a comedy genius. Being able to put on the show in what was his, and is now my, home town is a great feeling and an amazing opportunity. It only seems right that his routines should be relived where they were conceived.”
Jack Strutt of the Max Miller Appreciation Society, who saw the original play and is an avid Miller fan, believes the show will help to keep the comedian’s story alive. He said:
“Although we have a statue of Max Miller opposite the Theatre Royal, many locals will still not appreciate who he was, or how instrumental he was in the shaping of modern comedy. The show is an opportunity to discover some local modern history while being thoroughly entertained. Equally those who already know Max Miller will love what is a brilliant portrayal of a local legend.”
Shows will take place 26-29 April and 3-6 May at The Marlborough Theatre.
Tickets cost £9.50 (£7.50 for concessions), available from www.brightonfringe.org or on 01273 917272.
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2012