Jonathan Church Productions and Exeter Northcott Theatre in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

The Life I Lead

By James Kettle

This show has now passed. This is a an archive page.

Directed by Didi Hopkins and Selina Cadell
Starring Miles Jupp
★★★★★ Remote Goat
★★★★★ The Reviews Hub
★★★★★ Behind the Arras
★★★★★ Northern Soul 
★★★★ British Theatre

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak.

The man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret.

The Life I Lead sees Miles Jupp, one of Britain’s leading stand-up comedians and revered actors (Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Rev, The Durrells) bring David Tomlinson’s remarkable story to life.

A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face.

'Miles Jupp is an inspired casting' British Theatre Guide

'A fully rounded, life-affirming story' ★★★★★ Remote Goat

'Classy, polished and impeccably delivered.' West Sussex County Times

'Miles Jupp excels in this monologue as he skilfully weaves and explores the emotional jounrey, admirably capturing the spirit of this fascinating character from his childhood to retirement' ★★★★★ Remote Goat

'Delightful and thought provoking tribute...Jupp carries it off with the panache one might expect of Tomlinson himself' ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

'A pleasure and an absolute joy to watch, a theatrical delight...a wonderful night of intimate theatre' ★★★★★ Behind the Arras

'Miles Jupp is outstanding as the story teller...immensely interesting and was captivated through-out' ★★★★★

'Superb script by James Kettle and an acting masterclass by Jupp, a balance between comedy and tragedy is achieved...The Life I Lead is utterly charming and a triumph for all concerned' ★★★★★ Northern Soul 

'This is a heartbreaking yet uplifting story that charms, entertains and will leave you with a grin from ear-to-ear...The Life I Lead is essential viewing and pretty much perfect' ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

'Provides quite a magical evening in the company of Mr. Tomlinson' ★★★★ British Theatre

'The Life I Lead feels like spending the evening in the company of an old friend...Jupp is funny and affecting, with superb timing' North West End

'It's magical, genuinely affecting, and worth waiting for'

'Miles Jupp is almost too perfect a choice to play Tomlinson, capturing his vague air of bewilderment and polished sense of decency so effortlessly' Metro

'Warm, funny, touching and wonderfully writtern, 'The Life I Lead' is a beautiful piece of theatre that should not be missed' Fashion Mommy

'Jupp's performance gets the intonation and attitude spot on, you'd think he was being possessed by the late actor himself' Bum on a seat