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Meet alter egos Sergeant Wilson and Barbara Nice at South Holland Centre

By Spalding Today Columnist

Next week, there’s a chance to see a wonderful show full of glorious reminiscences and stories from the golden age of classic British comedy.

In an affectionate tribute to John Le Mesurier, impressionist Julian Dutton becomes the man behind Dad’s Army’s Sergeant Wilson, capturing his tone of voice and debonair mannerisms perfectly, down to the very last ‘you see’.

The play is set in 1972, when John Le Mesurier is waiting for a journalist as he sits in a dressing-room at BBC Television Centre during filming for Dad’s Army. The Home Guard sitcom is a huge success and he has recently won a BAFTA.

As Le Mesurier waits, he reflects back on his life, tracing his journey from a rejection of his upper-class origins in Suffolk to a life on stage and working as a jobbing actor in 1950s cinema.

Julian Dutton as John Le Mesurier (6227884)
Julian Dutton as John Le Mesurier (6227884)

The show takes us through the ups and downs of his life and career; the unfaithfulness of his wives, the betrayal by best friend Tony Hancock and the endless bit-part cameos. We learn how he overcame these setbacks to achieve the ultimate triumph with Dad’s Army and the BAFTA-winning TV drama Traitor.

The show Do You Think That’s Wise is here at the South Holland Centre on Friday February 15 at 7.30pm and tickets are £13.50, £12.50 concessions, £7.50 under-26s.

Then, for our next night of stand-up comedy, meet Barbara Nice! Barbara (alter ego of comedian Janice Connolly), is one of the hilarious housewife characters beloved of us Brits; think Mrs Merton, Mrs Brown and even Dame Edna!

Barbara’s act is definitely northern in style, with all the laugh-out-loud observational humour of the likes of Victoria Wood and Peter Kay.

For her new show, “Raffle”, Barbara invites you to take part in her game of chance, whilst she regales a great line in stand-up banter.

You wouldn’t believe what she gets up to while her husband thinks she is at the bingo – telling jokes, singing funny songs and even stage-diving!

Barbara Nice: Raffle at the South Holland Centre. (6712634)
Barbara Nice: Raffle at the South Holland Centre. (6712634)

Janice’s Barbara Nice shows have built up a popular following over the past few years, regularly selling out at both the Edinburgh Fringe and on her stand-up tours.

This is her first visit to Spalding – as Barbara would say, don’t miss out on a night of “proper good fun”. The show starts at 8pm on Saturday February 23. Tickets are £15, £13 concessions.


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