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    Discover the extraordinary life of the actor behind Mr. Banks as Miles Jupp brings The Life I Lead to the West End this year. Catch this very British biographical play at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 16 September.

    Fresh from a critically acclaimed UK tour, comedian and actor Miles Jupp brings James Kettle’s biographical play about actor David Tomlinson to the West End. The Life I Lead opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre this September.

    David Tomlinson’s career epitomised the classic English gentlemen, whether as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins or Professor Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. In The Life I Lead, audiences are invited behind the camera to discover Tomlinson’s rich and incredible personal life – from time as a fighter pilot in World War Two to the actor’s landmark fight to have his son recognised as one of the first cases of autism in Britain. Famous for playing father figures on the big screen, Tomlinson was also heavily influenced by a fraught relationship with his own father, an eccentric but distant man who was hiding a tragicomic secret.

    Miles Jupp stars as Tomlinson, having played the role on tour. Best known as a comedian who has appeared on panel shows including Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, his acting credits span television (The Thick Of It) and theatre (Rules for Living).

    The Life I Lead is written by James Kettle, a long-term collaborator with Jupp, and co-directed by Selina Cadell and Didi Hopkins.

    A comedic and affecting tale about father-son relationships described fittingly by critics as “practically perfect in every way” (Evening Standard), The Life I Lead at the Wyndham's Theatre brings the extraordinary true story of one of our best-loved character actors to life. It opens on 16 September 2019.

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    Performance dates:
    20 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
    Running time:
    1 hour and 45 minutes including an interval.
    Age recommendation:
    Recommended 12+
    Audience Notes:
    Fans of David Tomlinson who want to fill in the blanks about a ubiquitous childhood figure should grab tickets for The Life I Lead at the Wyndham’s Theatre. It’s also sure to be a nostalgic treat for anyone who grew up on Disney classics.

    Latest Audience Reviews

    Very charming and funny and really insightful into the life of David Tomlinson. Miles Jupp gives... More

    This show was so much better then I thought it was going to be. Miles Jupp had the audience in t... More

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