Morecambe Heritage Centre presents The Entertainer exhibition

entertainer

Sixty years ago, Morecambe’s seafront venues were featured in the big-budget adaptation of John Osborne’s play ‘The Entertainer’. A cast of stars including Lawrence Olivier and Joan Plowright came to film on location in Morecambe – a great undertaking in a time when location filming was still something of a novelty.

 

The Alhambra Theatre, now Morecambe Antiques and Collectables, appears as the film’s music hall, whilst the West End Pier, now sadly demolished, provides a nostalgic backdrop to this heart-wrenching film. Although some of the interior scenes and the station scenes were shot in London, Morecambe holds its own in this tale of ambition and loss.

 

Together with actors from London and Manchester, a cast of local actors also appeared in the film, including our very own Thora Hird. By launching this public exhibition on the 4th May, Morecambe Heritage Centre will celebrate the making the film in Morecambe, but will also celebrate the local unknown stars of the film. The exhibition will feature screenings of the film, plus recordings of local actors and extras who took part.

 

Exhibition Launch:
Saturday 4th May at 11am, with special guest Brenda Ralph, who appeared in the film as a 12 year old girl.

General centre and exhibition opening hours:
Unit 29, Royalty Mall, Arndale Centre, Morecambe
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 11.00am to 4.00pm
Admission: FREE

 

entertainer2