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Dad's Army marches at Marina

PUBLISHED: 16:56 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:13 05 July 2010

REVIEW



Dad's Army, The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft



AFTER a delayed start due to live television coverage and watched over by the Walmington on Sea seagulls, Captain Mainwaring (Timothy Kightley) marched his men across the stage of the Marina on the opening night on Tuesday in the stage production of the much-loved Dad's Army.

REVIEW

Dad's Army, The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

AFTER a delayed start due to live television coverage and watched over by the Walmington on Sea seagulls, Captain Mainwaring (Timothy Kightley) marched his men across the stage of the Marina on the opening night on Tuesday in the stage production of the much-loved Dad's Army.

Written by David Croft and Jimmy Perry, and produced by Ed O'Driscoll, the production is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Britains' favourite wartime comedy.

It was all there, the nostalgic music, the much loved catch phrases, all proof that this touring production, including two lost episodes from the popular series, has lost nothing in the transfer from small screen to stage.

The 15-strong cast were kept on their toes by the fact that David Croft was sitting in the stalls and went on to give us realistic sketches of our favourite characters that stopped short of being outright impersonations but kept the flavour of the original TV series.

David Warwick had all the mannerisms and brilliant timing of John Le Mesurier's Sergeant Wilson and the spiv Private Walker was perfectly recreated by Leslie Grantham, of Eastenders fame.

We had a long wait, but when Private Frazer (Kern Falconer) finally cried, “We're doomed,” there was applause and a cheer from an audience who eagerly awaited each favourite catch phrase from platoon members Corporal Jones played by Richard Tate; Private (“stupid boy”) Pike, played by Thomas Richardson, and Private Godfrey, beautifully portrayed by Brian Jackson.

The four episodes in the show culminated in the classic Deadly Attachment where Mainwaring famously says: “Don't tell him your name Pike!” after a German U-boat Captain (Justin Deaville) they were guarding, takes the names of those he says are not keeping to the Geneva Convention, ensuring that we left the theatre laughing and reminiscing about our favourite episodes of a brilliantly written TV series.

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