Theatre: Would-be thespians invited to audition for show

Up Pompeii staged earlier this year.
Up Pompeii staged earlier this year.
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Are you Alice, Hugo or Owen? After the success in April of ‘up Pompeii’ The Corn Exchange Theatre Players of Stamford are bringing the hit TV series The Vicar of Dibley to the stage.

All of your favourite characters from the hugely popular TV series - Alice, Hugo, Owen, Jim, David and of course Geraldine - will be onstage to create an evening of laughs.

The script has been written by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.

It features plot and scenes sourced primarily from the first two series of the show aired between 1994 and 1998. Some of the later episodes and specials are also referenced. It covers events from the arrival of the new vicar through to the wedding of Alice and Hugo.

The show will be performed by the Theatre Players - a company of non-professional actors – with kind permission of Richard Curtis and Tiger Aspect Productions and supporting Comic Relief.

Director David Moore is inviting all would-be thespians to come to the next informal read-through which will be at the theatre tonight (November 27) at 7.30pm. Auditions will then be held on Thursday, December 4 from 7.30pm onwards, on stage at the Corn Exchange Theatre.

“After much chasing around to find a suitable follow-up play to Up Pompeii I am absolutely delighted to be able to bring The Vicar of Dibley to life on the Stamford stage,” he said.

“The TV series was a massive hit and theatre groups that have already performed the stage version have had big sell-out shows, so this is a great opportunity for any actors along with those who want to help out with pre-production and back stage duties to get involved with what I am sure will be a super success,” he added.

The show will be staged from April 23 to 25 at 7.30pm, plus a Sunday matinee at 2pm.

Contact David on 07875 757907 or email cutsnmorebarbers@gmail.com