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Laurel and Hardy classics to be screened at Vue Gateshead

A double bill of Sons of the Desert and County Hospital will be shown on June 16 to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Stan Laurel's birth

Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert
Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert

A double-bill of Laurel and Hardy will get a rare showing in Gateshead later this month.

Vue Gateshead will give fans of the comedy legends a unique opportunity to see the classic feature length film, Sons of the Desert, and the short film, County Hospital, on the evening of June 16.

News of the event, timed to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Stan Laurel’s birth (he was born in Ulveston, Cumbria before moving to Bishop Auckland and then North Tyneside during his childhood), has been warmly received and tickets are already selling out fast.

A comedy classic, Sons of the Desert, follows Ollie Hardy and Stan Laurel as they are sworn into attending the annual convention of a fraternal organisation in Chicago, but realise they will need to trick their wives into letting them go.

The only way out is for Ollie to feign illness, and Stan to bring a doctor who prescribes a fake trip to Hawaii. However, upon returning from the convention, they find that the ship they were supposedly on has sunk in a typhoon and they are forced to cover their tracks.

Laurel and Hardy poster
Laurel and Hardy poster

In the short film, County Hospital, Stan visits Ollie in hospital where he is recovering from a broken leg and proceeds to wreak havoc on both his friend as well as the doctor, who ends up hanging out of the window.

When they are instructed to leave, Stan attempts to drive Ollie home unaware that he has just accidentally injected himself with a powerful sedative.

Vue Gateshead Trinity Square general manager, Jayne Rooney said: “We are thrilled to be throwing open our doors to provide Laurel and Hardy devotees with a rare chance to catch two of the duo’s most memorable works on the big screen.

“The double bill is the perfect opportunity for comedy fans of all ages to see two of their classic sketches, whilst also enjoying an unrivalled viewing experience in one of our modern state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas.”

Standard adult tickets for the Vue Gateshead Trinity Square Laurel and Hardy Double Bill on June 16 at 7.30pm cost £12.50 each and are available from myvue.com

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