HAMBLEDON Productions’ latest stage offering Christmas with Steptoe and Son which includes a re-creation of a missing Steptoe and Son sequence which featured in BBC1 series Christmas Night with the Stars in 1962 arrives at Guiseley Theatre this month.

Ray Galton, who passed away in October gave the go-ahead for Grimsby-born performer John Hewer to re-work his and fellow Steptoe and Son co-creator Alan Simpson’s stellar material.

“The show is a brilliant representation of everything we love about the sitcom,” said John Hewer.

“These are situations and characters we relate to, and the strength of the writing sees us laughing helplessly while also caring about both father and son at the same time.

“I think, because of the Christmastime setting, these scripts and stories are more powerful, more nostalgic and carry greater resonance. With the close bond we’ve enjoyed with the original writers and the amount of time and preparation we’ve put into this, fans of the TV show will not be disappointed, particularly on the back of our previous Steptoe and Son success.

“For theatre-goers and comedy fans, it makes a great alternative to pantomime and other festive-based shows.”

Hewer who plays Harold Steptoe remembers legendary scribes Galton and Simpson who he first met in 2012 with affection.

“Ray and Alan were both such modest gentle men,” said the Tommy Cooper impersonator. “No ego or bravura. Humour and joviality just came naturally to them. Lovely, lovely people and the whole industry is missing them.”

Christmas with Steptoe and Son is staged at Guiseley Theatre at 7.30pm on Sunday, December 9.

Tickets are available at guiseleytheatre.org