Up Pompeii to hit Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 09:22 11 February 2011
ooo, i say: A BBC sitcom will call in at the Marina Theatre as the latest in a series of classic revivals to hit the Lowestoft stage. The theatre has successfully welcomed stage productions of ‘Allo ‘Allo and Dad’s Army in recent years, and this time it will be the turn of Up Pompeii. The classic sitcom was first screened over 41 years ago, and this show was originally written for the late Frankie Howerd in 1988, but has never been staged – until now. It was famous for its double entendres, risqué gags, scantily clad girls and tongue-in-cheek humour. This production will keep to this winning formula with comedy actor Damian Williams taking the lead role. Williams has delighted Marina audiences over the last few years and this time he returns to play the iconic part of Lurcio. The stage play was written by Miles Tredinnick in 1988, but was never staged as Howerd took the similar role of Pseudolus in the West End production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Sadly, Howerd died before it went into production. Now updated, the regional première will be performed at the Marina from Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 19, with a matinee on the Saturday.
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