Dad's Army Radio Show on tour

London theatre news: Wednesday 29 January 2020

Off-West End - Shows - Tours

Dad's Army, the much-loved BBC sitcom, returns to the stage new-minted in a highly-acclaimed production that heads off on UK tour, launching at the British Library.
Dad's Army Radio Show at the The British Library

Image courtesy Engine Shed and Something For The Weekend

Jimmy Perry and David Croft's classic BBC comedy, Dad's Army, is about to be brought gloriously to life on stage with three episodes hilariously and lovingly enacted by two master performers.

Dad's Army Radio Show sees David Benson ('Goodnight Sweetheart' and 'One Man, Two Guvnors)' and Jack Lane ('Wisdom of a Fool' and '7 Days') transport the audience right back to Walmington on Sea playing all the characters between them.

The show will be touring around the UK from 4 February to mid-Junewith its launch at the British LIbrary on 31 January.

The production features three classic TV episodes - 'When You've Got To Go', 'My Brother and I' and 'Never Too Old' - that were never performed on radio - and which have now been newly-adapted by Benson and Lane with scripts approved and authorised by the Perry/Croft estate' - complete with sound effects, vintage music and all of Perry and Croft's beloved characters and catchphrases.

David Benson said ...

"We have been given special permission by the Estates of David Croft and Jimmy Perry to adapt the episodes for the first time.

It is a huge honour for us.

We take the responsibility of bringing the work of these great dramatists to life again very seriously."

Jack Lane added ...

"Our aim has always been to be as true to the original, in finding the voices and mannerisms of the characters, as possible.

No messing about it with it or trying to be 'cleverer than it was' by sending it up - we love Dad's Army as much our audiences do and it is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to share our delight in our nation's best-loved sit-com with audience's all over the UK."

Here's the tour trailer ...

ActDrop's Peter Brown reviewed a previous outing of Dad's Army Radio Show which played at Wilton's Music Hall back in January 2019.

That production delivered three different episodes of Dad's Army.

You can read Peter's 5 star review here.

And if you're a BBC comedy fan, you may be interested to know that Jack Lane and David Benson also worked together last October recording a new feature-length audio revival of Up Pompeii at London's Shaw Theatre.

Up Pompeii - An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre

Artwork created by Robert Hammond

The production, by Spiteful Puppet, marked the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of 'Up Pompeii' on the BBC's 'Comedy Playhouse'.

You can read ActDrop's news item about that recording here (the article includes a link to the producer's website where you can purchase the recording).

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