LAUREL - Stage by Stage

by A.J Marriot

Laurel Stage by Stage book cover

LAUREL - Stage by Stage - is the prequel to 'A.J' Marriot's previous books detailing Laurel & Hardy's 'British Tours' 'US Tours;' and 'European Tours;' and a companion to CHAPLIN Stage by Stage. It narrates for the first-time-ever all of Stan Laurel's stage shows, from his earliest appearances in British pantomime (as the teenage Stanley Jefferson), right up to his last-ever stage show before entering films.
Along the way he spends over three years touring with Charlie Chaplin, in the most-famous of all comedy troupes the Fred Karno Company. The next eight years are spent touring in US vaudeville, playing in song-dance-and-comedy sketch acts with various partners.

Readers will experience every low and high as this comic genius tries to unshackle himself from the hardship and tedium of vaudeville, during a number of attempts to get into the world of film comedy. The amount of detail revealed about these 'lost' tours is astounding.
Read, and be amazed!

First Edition. 272 pages – 200 illustrations. Paperback – 300 x 210mm (A4) – (ISBN 978-0-9521308-5-7)

19.95p + 4.00 UK p&p. Available direct from the publisher

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The book has just arrived safely – once again an all-encompassing labour of love – your energy and research amazes me. With unstinting admiration and every good wish

John Fisher (Magician and former TV producer)


Dear AJ, Thank you so very much for my book which came today. The hard work and photographs in this book of Stan Laurel is unique and very fascinating. Congratulations and may I say what a delightful evening I have spent reading this. I am over the moon with this book, and I can't put it down. It’s been a best day ever getting this book today. I Thank you AJ for an insight into a comic genius.

Kind regards, Deborah Thraves


Your books are great, as always.

Bruno Raber, Switzerland


Received the book yesterday!!! Ever so many thanks! It certainly is GREAT!

Robert Osman NY USA


Hello AJ,

I received my copy of 'Laurel Stage By Stage' today. It's gorgeous. You really outdid yourself with this one, AJ....many images and clippings I've never seen before.

Allen M. Deraney [Vice Sheik, Flying Deuces tent, New Jersey]


Just got indoors a few minutes ago to find a copy of your book waiting for me on the mat. I must say WOW, I have only just picked it up and flicked through it. First impressions, I was expecting it to be about the same size as the EUROPEAN TOURS, but it was a nice BIG chunky book. I could not believe how much information you have found plus all the illustrations. Once again it looks like you have gone into the finest details.

Rob Lewis [Grand Sheik, Helpmates UK]

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