Galleries: Theatrical Portraits

Neil Bromley & Simon Lloyd,as Laurel & Hardy.

Neil Bromley & Simon Lloyd,as Laurel & Hardy,Jermyn Street Theatre, London 2009

Oil on Linen
24"x 30"
Limited Edition Print available

This double portrait of Neil Bromley and Simon Lloyd depicts the actors in costume,in their dressing room, just before going on stage as Laurel & Hardy in the Chalkfoot Theatre production of Tom McGraths play 'Laurel & Hardy'.

NEIL BROMLEY – as Stan Laurel

Neil was once in a double comedy act (Gonoude and Bromley) and has played comedy clubs and Universities all over the UK, and as a solo stand up comedian he has appeared with, among others, Bill Bailey, David Baddiel and Al Murray.
Neil is an experienced versatile character actor , and since graduating from Rose Burford has performed in plays ranging from Bernard Shaws Misalliance and Arsenic and Old Lace at the Vienna English Theatre, to Face to Face , a play he co-wrote about restorative justice which toured prisons and young offender institutes.(Theatre AdAd).
His TV credits include The Bill , BBC One’s Stand Up Show, Channel Five’s Comedy Network, and a string of commercials including credit cards in America, the TV Licence in Britain, fizzy water in Eire and Salmon in France.
As a writer, Neil has co-written a play for BBC Radio 4 A Pig too Far and a sit-com pilot for Channel 4’s Comedy Lab, Turn the World Down which starred Sean Hughes and Brendon Burns.

SIMON LLOYD – as Oliver Hardy

Simon trained at Drama Centre London. His Theatre credits include The 39 Steps(Criterion),Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream(all for Stafford Festival Shakespeare) Laurel and Hardy (Chalkfoot Theatre) Romeo and Juliet (London Coliseum)The Disappearance (Union)Relatively Speaking (White Horse Theatre Tour) Jack and the Beanstalk(Opera House Belfast) Auction of Promises(etcetera)Penetrator(Critics Choice- Latchmere /Old Red lion) Cyrano de Bergerac(National Theatre-Studio)Beyond Therapy (Bridewell) A Scandalous Farce (Hammersmith River-Side Studio) and Life’s a Dream (Old Red Lion).
Films include Going off big time (Enterprise Films) and Baby Juice Express(Enterprise films).He has also recorded Hamlet-A Man for To-day for BBC Radio 4.

TOM McGRATH - (playwright)

Born in Rutherglen, Scotland in 1940, Tom McGrath was a poet, journalist, musician and playwright. Beginning with his plays Laurel and Hardy (1976) and The Hard Man (1977) his popularity and reputation as a playwright became international. His most recent works were the Dream Train which was written for Magnetic North Theatre Company-read in French translation at the Avignon Theatre Festival in 2001 and produced in Finland and Germany, and My old Man which premiered at the Tron Theatre in 2005.