Carrott The Nerd returns to old ’60s stamping ground in Portsmouth

The Kings Theatre's programme for The Nerd starring  Jasper Carrott in 1985

The Kings Theatre's programme for The Nerd starring Jasper Carrott in 1985

A redundant Blackpool tram in Havant goods yard between 1964 and 1966.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

A streetcar named Hayling Billy would have run on saved line

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Ahuman being who is just a waste of food’. That’s a nerd, at least according to the man who wrote the hugely popular play of that name.

He was Larry Shue and The Nerd originally starred Rowan Atkinson when it played to full houses at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End in the 1980s.

But can it really be 30 years ago that Jasper Carrott took on that role at the Kings Theatre, Southsea?

It was a real coup for the Albert Road playhouse for it was the first venue to get the show outside the West End as it went on a nationwide tour.

Brummie Carrott, who started life as a folk singer and was a regular at Portsmouth venues such as The Railway back in the 1960s, is returning to The Kings in Stand Up and Rock next Wednesday.

Discover why he still retains a soft spot for the city and his memories of working with the popular folk singer Jon Isherwood (below) in this week’s Big Interview in The Guide today.

How The News reported the coup for The Kings

How The News reported the coup for The Kings

And to see and hear Jon Isherwood click on the two videos here.

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