News: Dad’s Army launches UK tour at the British Library

Dad’s Army, the nation’s favourite sitcom, returns to the stage new-minted in this highly-acclaimed production which launches its UK tour at the British Library.

Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s classic BBC comedy  is brought gloriously to life on stage with three episodes enacted by two master performers. David Benson (‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ and ‘One Man, Two Guvnors)’ and Jack Lane (‘Wisdom of a Fool’ and ‘7 Days’) transport the audience right back to Walmington on Sea playing all the characters between them.

This 2020 tour features three classic TV episodes – ‘When You’ve Got To Go’, ‘My Brother and I’ and ‘Never Too Old’ – that were never performed on radio – and now newly-adapted by Benson and Lane with scripts approved and authorised by the Perry/Croft estate’ – complete with sound effects, vintage music and all of Perry and Croft’s beloved characters and catchphrases. Highly acclaimed by critics and by audiences of all ages.

“We have been given special permission by the Estates of David Croft and Jimmy Perry to adapt tonight’s episodes for the first time,” said Benson. “It is a huge honour for us. We take the responsibility of bringing the work of these great dramatists to life again very seriously.”

Jack Lane added: “Our aim has always been to be as true to the original, in finding the voices and mannerisms of the characters, as possible. No messing about it with it or trying to be ‘cleverer than it was’ by sending it up – we love Dad’s Army as much our audiences do and it is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to share our delight in our nation’s best-loved sit-com with audience’s all over the UK.”

Dad’s Army is an original production directed by Owen Lewis. Produced by Engine Shed and Something For The Weekend, it features sound design by Daniel Barnes.

UK TOUR DATES
LONDON
Friday 31 January at 7pm
The British Library
www.bl.uk/events/dads-army-radio-show

4 – 6 February
Mold
Theatr Clwyd

9 February
Leicester
The Little Theatre

13 February
Redhill
The Harlequin Theatre

17 February
Market Harborough
Harborough Market

18 February
Swansea
Swansea Grand Theatre

22 February
Bromley
Churchill Theatre

28 February
Durham
Gala Theatre

1 March
Bowness-On-Windermere
The Old Laundry Theatre

2 March
Darlington
The Hulabaloo at Darlington Hippodrome

4 March
Walsall
Walsall Arena & Arts Centre

5 March
Tamworth
Tamworth Assembly Rooms

7 March
Peel, Isle of Man
Centenary Theatre

13 March
Margate
Theatre Royal Margate

14 March
Wolsey
New Wolsey Theatre

15 March
Clacton On Sea
The West Cliff Theatre

20 March
Horsham
The Capitol Theatre

21 March
Chelmsford
Civic Theatre

24 March
Liverpool
Epstein Theatre

26 March
Chatham
Brook Theatre

1 April
Minstead
Hanger Farm Arts Centre

2 April
Portsmouth
New Theatre Royal

3 April
Ashford
Revelation

4 April
Diss
The Corn Hall

14 April
Alnwick
Alnwick Playhouse

15 April
Hexham
Queens Hall Arts Centre

17 – 19 April
Tenterden
Smallhythe Place

19 June
Thetford
Dad’s Army Appreciation Society Weekend
The Carnegie Room Thetford

For more information visit www.dadsarmyradioshow.co.uk

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