In the year of his hundredth birthday, Spike Milligan – granddaddy of modern comedy – looks back on his life with an hour and a half of laughs, songs, philosophy, and utter utter silliness. Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell – two men with beards – sift through the madness and find only more of it.
A Sockful of Custard is a celebration of the British comic legend Spike Milligan – a man of great sensitivity, insight, and comedic invention, who redefined the landscape of British comedy on stage, radio and TV. Playing not only Spike himself, in all his guises, those who surrounded him, and themselves, Larner and Stockwell break down what made Spike tick, as well as the immense influence he has had on their careers and lives.
Jeremy Stockwell plays Spike Milligan, following his sell-out success playing theatre maverick Ken Campbell in Terry Johnson’s new play Ken at The Bunker, earlier this year. He has appeared in West End and National Theatre productions, and TV comedy series including Spitting Image.
Chris Larner is best known as a writer, lyricist and composer, with work for The Right Size, Lee Hall’s adaptations of Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti (Almeida, West End, Traverse, Tour) and The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic), and The Miser (Garrick Theatre, West End).
A Sockful of Custard is at The Pleasance Theatre 16th – 26th May 2018.