Classic TV sitcoms of yesteryear are having a much welcomed second life on the stage as production companies recognise their enduring charm and appeal.
Hundreds of you recently enjoyed St Nicolas Players’ The Vicar of Dibley, and this week the South Holland Centre stage will be ringing to the call of “Hi-de-Hi!” when Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society go on a trip to Maplin’s holiday camp.
Their take on the 80s favourite, by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, will be full of the usual flirting and gossiping, wheeling and dealing – what’s not to like?
After that, a new development in the Centre’s satellite screening programme brings the first live broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon... and it’s their critically acclaimed sell-out production of Richard II starring David Tennant.
Unfortunately, for those who have not already booked, tickets have been selling like the proverbial hotcakes and our screening on Wednesday, November 27 is now sold out.
Good news for RSC fans though. We have negotiated a further three live broadcasts from Stratford for 2014, starting with Henry IV Part 1 in May which stars Olivier Award winning Antony Sher as the jolly knight Falstaff.
Meanwhile, all encore screening dates of The National Theatre’s War Horse in March are agreed and on sale, and we hear lots of tickets are galloping at speed in the direction of the Christmas stocking.
In film news, the adaptation of Irving Welsh’s book Filth is the next Movie Club title on Monday, November 25. This dark and extreme Edinburgh-based movie starring James McAvoy has been well reviewed but is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Continuing the Scottish theme, The Proclaimers’ feel-good musical Sunshine on Leith starts a run of four screenings on Tuesday, November 26.
In the vein of Mamma Mia, this modern day story of two squaddies returning from Afghanistan to family life in Edinburgh is packed full of the band’s foot-stomping tunes, including Letter From America and I’m Gonna Be (500 miles).