“I’ve put my heart and soul into it”
Joe Bor returns to the Maltings this month following his hugely popular A Room With A Jew last year. This time the award-winning comedian is telling The Story of Walter and Herbert. Ahead of the performance, he took some time out to explain a little more about this unique show.
Can you tell us a little bit about the show?
It’s a comedy show about a friendship between my grandfather Walter Bor (who was a famous architect) and his best mate Herbert Lom (who was a famous comedy actor). Using letters, photos and video interviews I tell the story of the tumultuous relationship. I think it’s an important, interesting, funny and sad story. It’s taken a lot of reading, researching and filming. I’ve put my heart and soul into it. It’s had an amazing response and is the best show I’ve ever done. I’m really proud of it.
Why have you decided to create this show?
I wasn’t desperate to do another show, (but) I found some amazing letters my grandad had sent to his friend and realised their story needed to be shared.
The names Walter and Herbert might not mean much to us at first glance, but we probably know more about both of them that we realise. Can you tell us a bit about them?
Walter was the town planner for some amazing cities including London, Prague, Liverpool and Milton Keynes. He got a CBE for his work rebuilding London after the war.
Herbert was a world famous actor from the 1940s to the 1980s. He is probably most famous for playing Dreyfus opposite Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films; he was also in The Ladykillers and Spartacus.
They went to school together and the show is about when Herbert saved Walter’s life and how their friendship took a turn.
What does it mean to you to be able tell this story?
I’m very proud and privileged to be able to tell this story. I think it’s really important and also very entertaining. I’m pleased I can share it with people.
Who do you think your show will appeal to?
I’ve done the show to all ages and they’ve all enjoyed different aspects of the show. The historical aspect of it is fascinating, but at the heart of it is a friendship that I think everyone can relate to.
You can see Joe Bor: The Story of Walter and Herbert in our Cellar Bar on Tuesday 26 February. Buy your tickets by following this link.