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PUBLISHED: 10:12 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:12 05 July 2010

Jeffery Holland and Vicki Michelle in 'Allo 'Allo

Jeffery Holland and Vicki Michelle in 'Allo 'Allo

A HILARIOUS production of the hit BBC comedy Allo Allo is being performed at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre in March with one of the original cast resuming her role.

A HILARIOUS production of the hit BBC comedy Allo Allo is being performed at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre in March with one of the original cast resuming her role.

Vicki Michelle, will don her French waitress outfit once more in the role of Yvette Carte-Blanche, while Hi-Di-Hi veteran Jeffery Holland will play the hapless French café owner Rene Artois.

Calibre Productions, the producers behind the acclaimed £2m box office success of 'Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes' are behind the new stage adaptation of Allo Allo, which starts on March 9.

Jeffery, who is well known for You Rang M'Lord and Oh Doctor Beeching, said he was excited by the prospect of starring in the stage tour.

He said: “Of all David Croft's television comedies, Allo Allo is the only one in which I have never appeared and I'm delighted to be taking part in the stage adaptation, playing the iconic René Artois in what is possibly one of television's funniest comedies.

“Gordon Kaye will certainly be a hard act to follow. I am also pleased to be appearing alongside my old friend Vicki once more.”

Having recently made appearances on Celebrity Masterchef and Emmerdale, Vicki said she was equally delighted to be revisiting the role she made her own, as the sexy French waitress.

“I'm thrilled to be working alongside Jeffrey and Calibre Productions in this brand new tour. Allo Allo is like an old friend to me, the writing is truly fantastic, with timeless appeal. Jeffrey is an extremely talented and versatile actor and I think he'll make an excellent René. We recently worked together on-stage and I'm looking forward to the opportunity of working with him once more.”

The tour follows a special one-off episode marking the 25th anniversary of the show released last year, entitled The Return of Allo, Allo in which several of the original cast, including Vicki, were reunited to perform their roles.

For Vicki this was both an exciting and emotional experience, “I don't think I'll ever forget the reception we received, it was amazing. Being on the set again, in front of a live audience, gave me goose-bumps. It was as if I'd never been away and we all fell straight back into character.”

The stage tour has been written by original writers David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd. Jeremy said: “Both David and I are pleased to be working with theatre impresario Ed O'Driscoll on the latest stage adaptation of the show.

“We had our first clue of its impending success when the show opened at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre and were amazed to find the audience had dressed for the occasion as French maids, Resistance girls and Herr Flick's German generals - such a compliment to some much-loved characters. The rest is history and the show's success has continued around the world, as far as Australia and New Zealand.”

It will call at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre for just one week from Monday, March 9 to Saturday March 14, nightly at 7.30pm with matinee performances at 2.30pm on Wednesday 11 and Saturday 14.

Telephone the box office on 01502 533200.


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