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Preview: End of the Pier at South Shields Customs House

End of the Pier
South Shields Customs House
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th August 2017

Bob Stott as Dame Dotty

Two familiar faces will join the cast of a new Customs House production.

This summer’s show End of the Pier will star Bob Stott, known to many as Dame Dotty, and Wayne Miller who plays Elfluent in the theatre’s annual under seven’s panto.

They’ll play manager Barnaby and stage door keeper Tam and will join writer and director of the piece Neil Armstrong and Zoe Lambert as quarrelling couple Lionel and Edith.

Bob Stott
Bob, who played dame opposite Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer for almost 40 years, said: “I’m so happy to be back at The Customs House and I'm looking forward to meeting up and working with Neil and Wayne.  It’s been too long since we worked together, however two of my favourite theatrical memories are tied up in these two good friends and took place at The Customs House: most recently with Neil when I had the great pleasure of performing in Neil’s comedy thriller Dark Side of the Half Moon and some time ago now with Wayne in Tom Kelly’s Ride a White Swan: as Brothers Joe and Mark.  Add to the mix the talented Zoe Lambert and I am sure our audience will have as good a time watching The End of the Pier as we are going to have rehearsing and performing it.”

Wayne Miller as Elfluent
Ion Productions in association with The Customs House are bringing a new version packed with extra laughs to the South Shields theatre for a five-night run next week.

Wayne Miller
Set in a tatty end of the pier dressing room in Edwardian England, End of the Pier tells the story of Lionel and Edith Bosh, a music hall double act known as The Lovebirds.

They’ve been married for 25 years, but the love has gone and their only desire now is to kill each other, with each plotting to do so on the same night.

Unfortunately things don't go according to either of their plans when an unexpected guest arrives in their dressing room. 

Neil Armstrong reviews his script for
End of the Pier in The Customs House
theatre in South Shields.
Wayne, who has played Elfluent in Santa’s Naughty Elf for the last nine years, added: “I've shared the stage with Neil, Zoe and Bob before, but never all together in one production, so I can't wait to be surrounded by such a quality cast.  Mix that in with the chance to bring to life a script that is a comedy gem and I feel I’m one lucky actor!”

Gareth Hunter, artistic director of Ion Productions, added: “We have an absolutely fantastic cast that I know audiences will enjoy watching. It’s going to be a fantastic show.”

End of the Pier runs from Tuesday 22nd August, from Saturday 26th August 2017, with shows at 7.30pm and a 2.30pm matinee on Thursday and Saturday.
Tickets are £18, or £15 early bird and Friends of The Customs House. Contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit

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