THEATRE fans are in for a Brush with fame as a chldren’s TV favourite comes to South Tyneside.
Basil Brush is on his way to the Customs House, in South Shields.
The Basil Brush Show is at the Mill Dam venue for two shows on Saturday, April 25.
Basil will be joined on stage by his TV chum, Mr Stephen, for the family show.
He said: “I love coming up to the North East because I love it up there. I always like seeing that big metal thing in Gateshead because I know that means I’m almost in South Shields.
“I’ve watched the place for years on the Great North Run. I used to go along to the London Marathon when I was little.
“I’d disguise myself by painting by brush pink and pretend I was candy floss.
“I’d love to come up one year to start the Great North Run. We’d have three different starts for the children, adults, and the animals and we’d see who’d win.”
Basil says he’s looking forward to entertaining people in South Shields.
He said: “Basil Brush and Mr Stephen are back together and there’s going to be lots of laughter.
“I’ve gone high tech as well and we have a gigantic screen on the stage which can take us anywhere we want to go, like back in time or even into space.
“But people can expect the pies in faces and to get wet, it’s like one of those 4D experiences at the theme park.
“I pride myself on being able to entertain everyone. I tell the jokes for the kids but also have jokes for the parents that the kids will laugh at but the real meaning will go straight over their heads – it’s like panto.”
“We always enjoy meeting everyone in the foyer after the show as well, so everyone can get their pictures with us and put them on Facebook and Twitter. We call it a tweet and greet.”
If anybody tells you I’ve had a facelift, then they’re talking out of their botox.Basil Brush
The talking fox has been entertaining families since 1962, and says he’s worked hard to maintain his dashing good looks.
He said: “If anybody tells you I’ve had a facelift, then they’re talking out of their botox.
“I like going to my keep fit and I go to yoga through the week. The lady who leads the yoga class asked me, ‘Basil, how flexible are you?’ and I told her I can’t do Thursdays, boom boom.”
He added: “I enjoy travelling with my show. I call it an adventure and it’s sort of like a pilgrimage of laughter.”
The Basil Brush Show runs at 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets cost £14 for adults, £12 for children, or £42 for a family ticket, which admits four people including at least one adult.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.