Stars turn out for End of the Pier show in South Tyneside

Bob Stott and Dame Dotty
Bob Stott and Dame Dotty

Two familiar faces to theatre fans in South Tyneside will be joining that cast of a new Customs House production.

This summer’s show - End of the Pier - will star Bob Stott - best known as Dame Dotty, and Wayne Miller who plays Elfluent in the Mill Dam theatre’s annual under seven’s panto.

Wayne Miller as Elfluent

Wayne Miller as Elfluent

In this production, they’ll play manager Barnaby and stage door keeper Tam and will join writer and director of the piece Neil Armstrong and Zoe Lambert as quarrelling couple Lionel and Edith.

Bob, who played dame opposite Customs House executive director Ray Spencer in panto for almost 40 years, said: “I’m so happy to be back at The Customs House and looking forward to working with Neil and Wayne.

“It’s been too long since we worked together. Some of my favourite theatrical memories are tied up in these two good friends and took place at The Customs House - most recently with Neil when I had the great pleasure of performing in Neil’s comedy thriller Dark Side of the Half Moon and some time ago now with Wayne in Tom Kelly’s Ride a White Swan.

“Add Zoe Lambert and I am sure our audience will have as good a time watching The End of the Pier as we are going to have rehearsing and performing it.”

End of The Pier is having a five-night run from next Tuesday and is set in a tatty end of the pier dressing room in Edwardian England.

It tells the story of Lionel and Edith Bosh - a music hall double act known as The Lovebirds - who have been married for 25 years.

The love has gone and their only desire now is to kill each other - with each plotting to do so on the same night.

Unfortunately things don’t go according to either of their plans when an unexpected guest arrives in their dressing room. 

Gareth Hunter, artistic director of Ion Productions, said: “We have an absolutely fantastic cast that I know audiences will enjoy watching. “It’s going to be a fantastic show.”

End of the Pier runs from Tuesday, August 22, to Saturday, August 26, with shows at 7.30pm and a 2.30pm matinee on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets are £18, or £15 for Friends of The Customs House.

Contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit ww.customshouse.co.uk.