When a legendary classic comedy like Dad’s Army is brought to the stage a by an amateur theatre, fans of the show can’t help being a little apprehensive.
But DON’T PANIC – this production by the Northenden Players is a superb recreation of the 1970s sitcom featuring the hapless misadventures of the Walmington-on-Sea home guard platoon in their efforts to defend the nation from the heel of the Nazi jackboot.
This is a very ambitious show and you have to salute the bravery of anyone who would attempt a homage to a comedy institution still shown on TV today.
But thanks to a strong cast and effective use of sets which enables swift scene changes, the Players pull it off admirably.
Everyone contributes to the success of the show, but at the centre of it all is an uncannily accurate portrayal of the pompous but heroic Captain Mainwaring.
Bill Platt just is Mainwaring and it is no exaggeration to say his performance is probably the closest thing you’ll get to the brilliant Arthur Lowe’s rendition on TV.
The production comprises three classic episodes – The Deadly Attachment, featuring one of the most repeated lines in comedy history; Mum’s Army; and The Godiva Affair – rounded off with an hilarious attempt by the platoon at a rendition of The Floral Dance.
The cast work well together to serve up a comedy treat and will not disappoint fans of the programme. The interplay between Mainwaring and his posh effete Sergeant Wilson, played by Peter Bowers is wonderful.
And Cyril Walker and David Hunt delight in the roles of doddery veteran Lance Cpl Jones and dour Scot, Private Frazer.
It is a hoot from start to finish and a great night out.
Runs till Saturday Feb 17.