The World According To Hancock
Some time back I wanted to write a book called ‘Everything I Know I Learned From Tony Hancock’, because the shows written by Galton & Simpson seemed to be filled with truthful (i.e. far from optimistic) lessons about life.
Hancock’s life has been picked over until there’s nothing left, but not quite true it turns out, because on January 29th at the National Film Theatre there’s an special event.
‘The Day Off’ is a legendary lost film of British cinema, written for Tony Hancock by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. It’s apparently a funny, poignant comedy in which Hancock would have played a London bus driver on his day off. With just 24 hours of freedom, can he find happiness, purpose – even love? When he meets a bright young woman, Charlotte, it seems that he may have found all three. But he reckons without his greatest enemy: himself.
With Hancock at the peak of his talent, the film was set to be a hit. But he rejected the script, wanting a more international story. Hancock famously went to Hollywood and made a disastrous Disney film, and it was all downhill from there. A disappointed Galton and Simpson put the script in a filing cabinet. The NFT are presenting a reading of ‘The Day Off’ with a full cast, followed by an onstage interview with Galton & Simpson. There are still some tickets available here.