ONE LEG TOO FEW: The Adventures of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

ONE LEG TOO FEW: The Adventures of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

WILLIAM COOK    Book Number: 84405    Product format: Paperback

British society underwent a massive upheaval in the 1950s when automatic respect for authority simply disappeared. Theatre critic Michael Billington dates the change to the show Beyond the Fringe, when four Oxbridge graduates who later became household names, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller, took a revue show to Edinburgh that captured the post-austerity spirit of the decade. Bennett's spoof sermon and Moore's take-off of the National Anthem became comedy classics, challenging the establishment with hilarious irreverence. Many of the sketches were written by Peter Cook, whose offbeat sense of humour and dead-pan delivery were something new on the stage. The show transferred to the West End, and this led to a long stage and television collaboration between Cook and Moore, often with such co-conspirators as John Bird, John Fortune, Eleanor Bron and David Frost, producing shows that included Dud and Pete, Not Only…But Also, and Good Evening. Meanwhile Miller and Bennett, who had left careers in the medical profession and academia, were making their own way in show business. Falling foul of the censorship laws at every turn, the anarchic Cook branched out with the editorship of Private Eye while Moore's brilliance as a musician led to a parallel career as a jazz pianist. This superb book captures the lives of those who were at the forefront of an era when everything changed. 704pp, paperback, photos.
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ISBN 9780099559924
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