I backed a horse today at 20 to 1… it came in at 20 past 4
As a child I remember sitting with the family and on came this man in a fez he was funny and very silly his name was Tommy Cooper. I remember thinking I’d love to see this man live but sadly he passed away. So, when I saw that the Liverpool Theatre Festival had a Tommy Copper show, I jumped at the chance to go.
Daniel Taylor a local Liverpudlian actor best known for his tenure as Sammy Johnstone in Blood brothers in both the tour and West End show was playing the Magician. Upon entering the St Luke’s Church venue, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I can tell you is that I didn’t expect what I saw.
Daniel Taylor was the living embodiment of the late great Tommy Cooper. His voice, tone, mannerisms were nailed to a tee. If you never heard of Tommy Cooper before and this was your first outing you wouldn’t have known any different. As a fan of Coopers, I knew most of the material in the show, but I laughed like it was brand new which is a true testament to Daniel Taylor’s style and acting prowess.
There were moments within the show that you couldn’t account for. For example, the sirens that went off as they raced past the church Taylor incorporated it into his act like it was planned. This was a brand-new show for Daniel Taylor Productions, I hope he brings it back for a longer run whether it is in a venue inside or out. I left with my face aching and wanting more.
Daniel Taylor is keeping the Tommy Cooper spirit alive which is attracting audience both new and old and for me personally I’m glad I got to witness it as for me it was like I was watching the legend himself. I want more.
Liverpool Theatre Festival continues at the Bombed Out Church until Saturday. For performance and tickets visit https://tinyurl.com/y3husxj7
Reviewer: Luke Montague
Reviewed: 13th September 2020
North West End UK Rating: ★★★★★