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Flanders & Swann tribute show comes to Bishop's Stortford

Multi award-winning comedian Tim FitzHigham and BBC Radio 4’s musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins will be taking on the wit and wordplay of ingenious comedy songsmiths Michael Flanders and Donald Swann at Rhodes Arts Complex next Friday (June 28).

Flanders and Swan. Picture by Steve Ullathorne (12293267)
Flanders and Swan. Picture by Steve Ullathorne (12293267)

The pair will be celebrating the internationally-acclaimed musical comedy legends of the 1950s and 60s. With their own unique style and humour, the boys present Flanders and Swann’s classic songs and traditions interspersed with a few of their hidden and yet ever-sparkling gems.

Fans and the uninitiated alike will ‘wallow’ in this unique take on the work of two of Britain’s most iconic comedic musicians, whose hits include The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gas Man Cometh, The Gnu Song, Omnibus (or A Transport of Delights), and Madeira M’Dear.

For more than a decade, Tim (Flanders) has been performing this award-winning homage to the talents of Flanders and Swann.

The comic holds a multitude of world records. He achieved his first in 2003 when he paddled a paper boat down 160 miles of the River Thames. Two years later, he became the first person to row a bathtub across the English Channel.

In June 2006, he was part of a team to set a new British and European record to assemble the longest washing line in the country in Trafalgar Square and finally, five months later, he blew up the largest man-inflated balloon, which held 19,000 pints of air and fainted twice during the process.

All records were completed to either raise funds for charities or to generate awareness for environmental issues.

He is a Perrier Award-nominated, multi accolade-winning comedian who has performed on BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 5, toured regularly and appeared frequently on TV and in films in the UK and Europe.

He starred in his own CBBC show, Superhuman Challenge, and was recently the star of two seasons of BBC Radio 4’s The Gambler.

His partner on the 2019 spring tour, Duncan (Swann), is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4. He runs a busy London music studio and has also toured many times.

As well as providing the music for BBC TV’s Fast And Loose. He opened his debut musical, The Tailor Made Man, at London’s Arts Theatre and is the musical director for the Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Best Entertainment and Family Show 2016).

For their show at Rhodes, the pair will starch their beards and trim their dinner jackets, and perform the most sublime Flanders and Swann show since Flanders and Swann themselves!

Tickets to the show on Friday, June 28, cost £17.50. The show will begin at 7.30pm and for more information, visit the website: rhodesartscomplex.co.uk/

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