Lowry puts a face on your smile
The Lowry aims to put a smile on the faces of its gallery visitors when a photography exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, featuring more than 50 iconic images of some of Britain's best-loved entertainers of the last 70 years, arrives at the Salford arts centre from the end of September.
It also features a specially-commissioned video introduction from Paul Merton. Comedians: From the 1940s to Now puts the spotlight on those who over the years have bought laughter into our lives.
From the tongue in cheek sauciness of Frankie Howerd to the character creations of Lenny Henry, the caustic humour of Jo Brand to the cerebral wit of Stephen Fry, this collection of intimate portraits captures the public and private faces of these remarkable performers.
Emily Tan, acting curator (special exhibitions) comments: "We're delighted to continue our relationship with the National Portrait Gallery by presenting another one of their exciting exhibitions. Britain is known for its sense of humour throughout the world, and comedy is a valued part of British culture.
This exhibition sees a variety of irrepressible entertainers captured by a wealth of national and international photographic talent."
Many of the familiar faces, ranging from Jo Brand and Jack Dee to Frank Skinner and Julian Clary have performed on stage at The Lowry.
Jenny Éclair is a regular visitor and will return to The Lowry for her fourth performance on November 18 whilst her portrait is displayed in the galleries.
Paul Merton has made a record five visits to the venue and Bill Bailey sold out six nights in the Lyric theatre in 2009