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PUBLISHED: 10:16 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:38 05 July 2010

Ricky Tomlinson brings his character Jim Royle to Lowestoft's Marina Theatre in May

Ricky Tomlinson brings his character Jim Royle to Lowestoft's Marina Theatre in May

LOWESTOFT'S Marina Theatre is set to welcome another high profile national tour to the east coast next month with the brand new production of hit comedy 'Allo 'Allo.

LOWESTOFT'S Marina Theatre is set to welcome another high profile national tour to the east coast next month with the brand new production of hit comedy 'Allo 'Allo. And there's also a special Royle visit planned for later in the spring!

But all may not be quite as it seems as although the visit is indeed from the head of probably the second most famous Royale family in Britain, it is in fact Jim Royle - alias actor Ricky Tomlinson, who will be bringing his show to the theatre on May 6.

Ricky hosts the show as his character Jim Royle and the evening includes over two hours of side-splitting comedy with comedians Tony Barton, Eddie Archer and the comedy show Black Onyx. Ricky then closes the show with a 25-minute routine as his alter ego Jim.

Tony Barton has been on the comedy circuit for many years and has also appeared in both Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Eddie Archer was a popular member of Granada Television's The Comedians and the comedy show band, Black Onyx starred in the television show Rock with Laughter.

Meanwhile, fun and frolics are guaranteed as Calibre Productions presents a brand new stage adaptation of hit British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo.

As part of the 2009 national tour, which stops off in Lowestoft from Monday, March 9, this new production, set in occupied France during the second world war, follows the hapless French café owner René, as he and his wife Edith struggle to hide a priceless portrait - “The Fallen Madonna with ze Big Boobies” - stolen by the Nazis and hidden in a sausage in their cellar.

Adding to René's woes, the French Resistance force him to aid their persistent attempts to return two bumbling British airmen to England while trying to keep his long-running affairs with his two waitresses from his wife.

Created for the BBC by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd, 'Allo 'Allo aired between 1982 and 1992 and comprised 85 episodes, which were part filmed in a courtyard at Lynford Hall, in Norfolk.

The stage cast of 16 are led by Hi-de-Hi's Jeffrey Holland, who will take on Gordon Kaye's role of René, and original series member Vicki Michelle, who will don her French waitress outfit once more in the role of Yvette Carte-Blanche.

It is at the Marina from Monday to Saturday, March 9 to 14; performances are nightly at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

And before these two shows hit the stage there is the sounds of the Royal Marine Band, on Saturday, March 7. The musicians have been part of a three-night concert at the Royal Albert Hall for the Mountbatten Festival which featured the joint Marine bands of Portsmouth, Plymouth, Scotland, at the Commando Training Centre and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Their roles are to provide military bands, orchestras and dance bands for state occasions, major national and service events and for ship and shore ceremonial and social functions.

For more information or to book seats for any shows call the theatre box office on 01502 533200.

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