Bawdy humour in Frankie Howerd classic at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre

PUBLISHED: 13:39 11 March 2011 | UPDATED: 13:48 11 March 2011

Up Pompeii at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre

Up Pompeii at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre


THE popular Royal Marines Band concert takes place at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft tomorrow.

The performance features the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood. Presented in aid of local Royal Marines charities, the concert starts at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday, The Marina welcomes the return of L/Cpl Ryan Idzi, Sgt Major Gary Chilton and Sgt Richie Maddocks as The Soldiers visit town as part of their 2011 live concert tour.

After the success of The Soldiers’ debut album, Coming Home, which clocked up more than 600,000 sales and a sell-out tour which raised £500,000 for the Help for Heroes’ charity, The Soldiers’ tour is for the most part playing major cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and London’s Royal Albert Hall, so the inclusion of The Marina on their schedule is another big coup for the venue. Forces veterans and service families can also obtain a discount on seats at Tuesday’s concert.

Forty years after it was first screened, the classic BBC sitcom Up Pompeii takes to the stage from Thursday as The Marina hosts the regional premiere of a comedy originally screened many years ago and written for the late Frankie Howerd yet never staged until now. After the success of stage revivals of Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, Up Pompeii is set to continue in the same tradition and features Damian Williams, one of British theatre’s top comedy actors of the moment, in the iconic part of Lurcio the slave – originally made famous by Howerd.

Williams, the hilarious host of Sky One’s Are You Smarter Than Your Ten Year Old? will be seeking to share his innermost thoughts with his audience in exactly the same way as Howerd did all those years ago.

Set in ancient Pompeii, the TV series was famous for its double entendres, its risqué gags, its scantily clad girls and tongue-in-cheek humour and the stage version will be in a similar vein. Other popular characters include Lurcio’s bumbling old master Senator Ludicrus Sextus, the senator’s promiscuous wife Ammonia, his daughter Erotica and his eternally virginal son Nausius.

Up Pompeii, with Damian Williams in control, plays at The Marina from Thursday until Saturday, March 19 nightly at 7.3pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

For more information or to book seats please for any Marina concert, movie or show please call the box office on 01502 533200.

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