Miles Jupp as David Tomlinson


Tue 10 - Sat 14 September 2019
Tickets £20-£30*

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A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face. 

Best remembered for playing Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent – forthright, proper and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak.

The man who portrayed one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father – a remote eccentric, who has hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret. 

The Life I Lead sees Miles Jupp (Mock the Week, The Durrells), one of Britain’s leading comic actors, bring David Tomlinson’s remarkable story to life.

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Running Time

1 hour 45 minutes (Including a 20 minute interval)


Tuesday - Wednesday &
Friday - Saturday, 7.45pm
Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee.

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Miles Jupp as David Tomlinson
Miles Jupp (David Tomlinson)

Described by the Telegraph as “a very British tour-de-force”, Miles Jupp has appeared as a performer across a wide range of genres – from stand-up comedy and theatre to major television series and Hollywood films.

His extensive screen credits include the award-winning BBC2 sitcom Rev, The Thick Of It, Outnumbered and Gary: Tank Commander, as well as the popular children’s TV show Balamory, The Crown on Netflix, Howards End for the BBC, and The Durrells and Bad Move for ITV, as well as appearances on Have I Got News For You, QI, Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Live At the Apollo and James And Jupp.

His film credits include George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love, Nigel Cole’s Made In Dagenham and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.

In 2012, Jupp made his National Theatre debut in Alan Bennett’s People and in 2015 went on to perform in the theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Rules for Living alongside Stephen Mangan. He has also appeared in The Way Of The World at Northampton Royal Theatre, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the Glasgow Citizens and Neville’s Island in the West End.


  • A man in a suit stands in a spotlight
  • a man in a dressing gown points
  • a man applies a false mustache
  • a man in a dressing gown holds a bowlers hat
  • a man in a suit with a red carnation
  • a man in a suit dances


  • 'Brilliant. Like shaking hands with a childhood memory'

  • 'Miles Jupp's performance is practically perfect in every way'

  • 'A magical evening in the company of Mr. Tomlinson'

  • 'Perfect comic timing'

  • 'It dazzles'