Count Arthur Strong Brings You The Sound Of Mucus (2017)
Count Arthur Strong is a comedy character who has had his own show on the radio for many years, he also had his own sitcom on the TV for a while too, along with several stage shows. Arthur is someone who is a showbusiness veteran and he is much respected in the industry, he’s even got Barry Cryer on speed dial and everything, and you don’t get that privilege easily.
I recently discovered that the actor who plays Arthur appeared in an episode of All Creatures Great And Small way back in 1989. So when in his in-character memoir Through It All I’ve Always Laughed he wrote about what it was like to appear on the show alongside lots of sheep and “Timothy Christopher”, it seems that this was closer to the truth than I actually realised.
Following his success, he has built up a fanbase and gone on tour often, and this stage show was released on DVD (I think that others have been too, but this is the only one that I currently have in my collection). This one featured Arthur’s special tribute to some of the famous musicals that he has known, especially The Sound Of Music, and sing his favourites, maybe one day he’ll get the title right.
But he couldn’t do it all by himself. He would assisted by his team of Malcolm and Alan, so hopefully their endless hours of rehearsal and years of acting experience will come in useful for the big occasion. There’s no chance that this will descend into shambles. It wasn’t long before the sell-out theatre audience were rolling around (and they probably thought that it was rather funny too), and even the hard-to-please critics loved it all and got the giggles.
Arthur really does love to perform live on stage, and he does remain ambitious all these years on, if he does well, he might even be able to perform in Doncaster, and that really would be a dream come true. You get a book that provides some insight into the making of the show, although the DVD itself contains no extras, but it’s Arthur doing his thing, that must be enough. And he does plan to go on the road again soon, if can remember where his glasses are.