By Mark Shenton
12 Mar 2012
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, it is co-produced by Kneehigh and West Yorkshire Playhouse. According to press materials, it charts the tender, cruel and surprising dance of father and son.
Taking on the roles of one of television's most famous pairings is Kneehigh's Mike Shepherd playing Albert and Dean Nolan, who will make his Kneehigh debut as dreamer Harold.
In a press statement, Rice commented, "The words, situations and basic genius of this script are all the work and imagination of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. I laughed and wept in equal measure as I made my way through the scripts that make up the 'Steptoe & Son' cannon. The work is deeper, darker and more intricate than I'd ever realised, watching as a child. I've tried to enable and reveal the heart-breaking and perfectly observed characters that had generations glued to their TV’s for over a decade. I am so lucky! I feel I am walking through history: my parents’, my grandparents’ and my own. It has been the chance of a lifetime to dive into such an iconic and important body of work."
For further details, visit www.kneehigh.co.uk or www.wyp.org.uk.