Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show

With the blessing of the Cooper Estate, John Hewer takes to the stage in the guise of one of Britain’s most loved comedians. Hewer doesn’t look much like Tommy Cooper, and occasionally doesn’t always sound like Tommy Cooper, but these criticisms are moot. This is a nostalgic recreation of some of the best of Cooper’s madcap tomfoolery, and for that it delivers on every one of its promises.

This is a nostalgic recreation of some of the best of Cooper’s madcap tomfoolery, and for that it delivers on every one of its promises.

Chances are, if you’re not old enough to appreciate Tommy Cooper when he was alive, you might find this style of magicomdey a tad unsophisticated. Cooper was the master of the failed trick, elaborately eggy prop gag and cheesiest of one-liners. But it was all about the ability to reduce an audience to hysterics with a single look. Hewer, in this toughest of challenges, performs admirably. The mannerisms have clearly been carefully practiced and every glance rehearsed over and over to produce a highly authentic portrayal.

Normally in a stand up performance you hope that you’re not hearing old jokes, but here the opposite it true. Like a bunch of aging fans at a reunion concert, we were all hoping to see familiar material, the punchlines excruciatingly anticipated long before their delivery.

Hewer is assisted by pianist-cum-famulus Christopher Peters; a stooge for most of the show, but not without flashing his own talent by singing Joyce The Librarian – Flanders & Swann style – as an interlude and accompanying Hewer stumble through We’ll Meet Again at the finale. As a love letter to Tommy Cooper, Just Like That is sealed with a loving kiss. And a prop gag.

Reviews by Pete Shaw

Greenwich Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

★★★★
Multiple Venues

A Spoonful Of Sherman

★★★★★
Pleasance Theatre

Assassins

★★★★
Greenwich Theatre

Lord Of The Flies

★★★★
Greenwich Theatre

Edward II

★★★★
Churchill Theatre

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

★★★★★

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The Blurb

Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, love of slapstick and quick-fire gags made him an international star. Complete with his trademark fez and a plethora of misfiring magic, the man is an undisputed icon of live entertainment. Commemorating 30 years since his passing, this all-encapsulating show of magic, music and mirth is the perfect celebration of arguably Britain's top comedian of all time. Also featuring live musical accompaniment, this is a laugh-a-minute extravaganza that comedy fans of all ages simply can't miss - just like that!

Supported by The Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper.