28 Oct 2016
Even after 50 years, Dad’s Army is still a popular classic of BBC television comedy, with a new generation of fans this thanks to the big screen release of the movie adaptation. One of the original cast comes to Doncaster with returning matinee favourite The Good Old Days of Variety on Tuesday 15 November.
Special guest Frank Williams makes a rare appearance when he joins the award-winning variety show next month, to celebrate a lifetime on stage, TV and film, and especially the iconic BBC series in his role as the Reverend Timothy Farthing, and his cameo in this year’s feature film remake.
David Croft and the late Jimmy Perry always had Frank in mind for the wonderfully eccentric vicar who was always tetchy, as he tried to come to terms with the elderly platoon’s invasion of his beloved church hall.
Jimmy Perry, who sadly passed away on Sunday, knew Frank long before the wartime comedy was written from their days at the Watford Repertory Theatre Company. They remained great friends and Frank continued to appear in the Croft and Perry comedies until the 1990’s, and even got a promotion to Bishop for You Rang M’ Lord? which Frank felt was one of his best creations.
Frank explains that ‘the great thing about Jimmy was his tremendous loyalty’ and many of his acting company from the days in Watford reappeared in Jimmy’s classic comedies. Frank commented that actors like Jeffrey Holland joined the Dad’s Army stage show after its success in London’s West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre for the national tour, before starring in hits like Hi-Di-Hi! and You Rang Me Lord? As Frank comments, ‘Jimmy was very enthusiastic and inspired others with his spirit’.
In an entertaining trip down memory lane, Frank gives a unique glimpse behind the scenes, and stories of the celebrated TV and Film casts of Dad’s Army, and other TV classics such as The Two Ronnies, Emergency Ward Ten, Morecambe and Wise, and many more.
Taking audiences back to the great days of Variety entertainment, the show includes a full supporting company including The Comedian’s Nicky Martyn and singing star and recording artist Tammy Jones, whose winning appearance on Opportunity Knocks led to her biggest hit Let Me Try Again. Fabulous illusions speciality act High Jinx, round up the line-up joining live musicians for plenty of songs to sing along to.
Tickets for The Good Old Days of Variety on Tuesday 15 November at 1.30pm are £15 (£13 concessions).
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