LAUREL - Stage by Stage -
is the prequel to "A.J" Marriot's previous books
detailing Laurel & Hardy's “British Tours”
“US Tours;” and “European Tours;”
and a companion to CHAPLIN Stage by Stage. It narrates for the
first-time-ever all of Stan Laurel's stage shows, from his earliest
appearances in British pantomime (as the teenage Stanley Jefferson),
right up to his last-ever stage show before entering films.
Along the way he spends over three years touring with Charlie Chaplin,
in the most-famous of all comedy troupes the Fred Karno Company. The
next eight years are spent touring in US vaudeville, playing in
song-dance-and-comedy sketch acts with various partners.
will experience every low and high as this comic genius tries to
unshackle himself from the hardship and tedium of vaudeville, during a
number of attempts to get into the world of film comedy.
The amount of detail revealed about these “lost” tours is astounding.
Read, and be amazed!