RESIDENTS are being invited along to celebrate one of the world’s greatest comedy partnerships with silent film expert Neil Brand.

He will be at The Haymarket in Basingstoke on Friday, January 26, with his show An Evening with Laurel & Hardy.

From their earliest days on opposite sides of the Atlantic in music hall and on the stage, to their individual comedy films, before Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were paired up by Hal Roach, and on to their silent masterpieces before the arrival of sound, Neil will tell the touching story of one of the world’s greatest comedy teams, who could not have been two more different men.

Basingstoke Gazette: Film expert Neil Brand will be in Basingstoke

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Neil is a leading expert on silent film and silent comedy, with his original composed music. He has been invited to attend and perform in over thirty countries, appearing at major film festivals and theatres with his wonderful insight into the birth of the early film industry and the geniuses involved.

Fully illustrated with stills, clips (both silent and sound) and Neil’s superlative piano accompaniment and culminating in two of the boys’ best silent short films, Big Business and Liberty, this is a show that promises gales of laughter throughout, as well as getting under the skin of two warm, funny men who continue to make the world laugh.

Tickets are priced at £23.50. For more information or tickets, visit or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.