Dad’s Army

Don’t tell him, Pike! Dad’s Army are coming to Folkestone

FHODS will be bringing one of Britain’s best-loved sitcoms to the Tower Theatre this September for a special stage adaptation by the original writers, Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

‘Dad’s Army’ holds a special place in the nation’s heart, with the characters and timeless phrases like “Don’t Panic!”, “You stupid boy!” and “We’re all doomed!” all ingrained into popular culture. This new production features three of the show’s most popular episodes – ‘The Deadly Attachment’, ‘Mum’s Army’ and ‘The Godiva Affair’, along with a hilarious new sketch, ‘The Floral Dance’, written exclusively for the stage show.

‘Dad’s Army’ is director Michael Manton’s first production since last summer’s ‘Evita’. “I wanted to do something completely different from an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical,” said Michael, “and this classic comedy certainly fits the bill. The characters of Mainwairing, Jones, Wilson, Pike and the rest are enduringly popular for a good reason. Despite the humour and slapstick, they are all inherently heroic characters who want to make a difference and are desperate to do their part for the war effort.”

An exclusive preview of the show was held this week and the response from the audience was incredibly positive, with particular praise reserved for Mike Chisnall’s uncanny performance as Captain Mainwairing and the hilarious interplay between the various characters. Within minutes you forget you’re watching new actors inhabiting these iconic roles, all helped along by the simple yet effective staging, and the high quality production values we’ve all come to expect from FHODS’ productions at the Tower Theatre.

It certainly looks like FHODS are going to have another smash hit on their hands with ‘Dad’s Army’, following on their production two years ago of ‘Allo Allo’ by the same writers, which drew the society’s biggest ever audiences for a play in its 100 history.

FHODS’s Dad’s Army is already a local award-winner, having won Best in Class at the Hythe Venetian Fete in August. “It was a great way to promote the society and the play, and the crowds loved interacting with these popular characters,” said Michael. “We were surprised to have won, given the quality of our competition, but absolutely delighted.”

Although a comedy, ‘Dad’s Army’ highlights an important aspect of our defence during the Second World War – the British Home Guard. This organisation comprised 1.5 million local volunteers who were otherwise ineligible for military service, including those too young or too old to join the services. Our local group was the Folkestone, Hythe & Saltwood Home Guard.

‘Dad’s Army’ will be performed at the Tower Theatre from September 20-23. Tickets are available from www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or via the box office on 01303 223925.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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