Langham makes stage comeback

Unpublicised appearance after child porn conviction

Chris Langham has made a return to stage comedy, in an unpublicised appearance at a tribute gig.

The shamed actor took to the stage this weekend at a event celebrating the life of groundbreaking fringe theatre legend Ken Campbell, who died suddenly in August.

It was the 59-year-old’s first public performance since serving time for possessing child pornography last year. He appeared in three sketches written by Campbell in the gig at London’s Mission Room.

But Evening Standard comedy critic Bruce Dessau, who was at the Ken Campbell Halloween Memorial Caper, said it was hard to forget Langham’s criminal record.

He said: ‘There will always be something uncomfortable about watching this talented, troubled performer.’

‘The performance was a reminder that Langham’s actions robbed comedy of one of its finest exponents.

‘This was not a comeback, merely a chance to honour a close colleague publicly. The skill clearly remains, but stardom may be gone forever.’

Langham had worked regularly with Campbell, and starred as Arthur Dent in his stage version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Read Dessau’s review in full here.

Published: 3 Nov 2008

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