A Britain's Got Talent finalist is set to perform in Harpenden, 10 years after his appearance on the show.

Steve Hewlett will take to stage at the Eric Morecambe Centre at 2.30pm on Sunday, March 19.


The ventriloquist and his puppet 'Arthur Lager' came fourth in Series 7 of Britain's Got Talent, after being voted through as a wildcard by the judges.

He told The Herts Advertiser: "I think it's actually Mother's Day (when I perform), so it'll be a great family show!

"I'm primarily a comedy ventriloquist, I've been doing this for 25 years professionally.


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"The first half, which will be an hour, will just be loads of my characters.

"I've got a skunk called 'Pongo', and I open up with a character called 'Rod Vegas' which the public wouldn't have seen because he's a fairly new character.

"He plays the guitar and talks about the blues, it's all comedy-based."

Steve also spoke of his delight at performing at a centre named after a figure who inspired his career.

He continued: "It's my debut really, in Harpenden, I've not worked there before.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the Eric Morecambe Centre. 

"He is such an inspiration. 

"In my book, I talk about a ventriloquist called Dennis Spicer, who used to work with Morecambe and Wise.

"This ventriloquist inspired Eric Morecambe - Arthur Worsley was another that inspired Morecambe and Wise.

"So, I have those links, I talk about Morecambe and Wise in my book, being a double-act.

"To work at a centre that's named after him is a wonderful thing!"

Steve Hewlett's book 'Ventriloquest' will be available later this year.

To book tickets to his show at Harpenden's Eric Morecambe Centre, visit the theatre's website (www.the-emc.co.uk).