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‘Allo ‘Allo

© Andy Abbott

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is pleased to welcome Irving Stage Company back with their new adaptation of British TV comedy classic ‘Allo ‘Allo. Based on the hugely successful series by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, this uproarious wartime comedy relates the adventures of a hapless café owner, René, in occupied France.

A priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis is hidden in a sausage in René’s cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them. Communications with London using a wireless disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments endured by René in the company of his patrons. The much-loved characters include René’s tone-deaf wife Edith, Yvette and Mimi the amorous waitresses, Michelle of the Resistance and the hopeless spy Officer Crabtree; all hoping to outwit the Germans, especially Herr Flick of the Gestapo. News that the Führer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to congregate, while René summons all the wit he can muster to save his café – and his life…

‘Allo ‘Allo was originally broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992, comprising 85 episodes in total. Originally intended as a parody of another BBC programme, the wartime drama Secret Army, it was created by David Croft (who also wrote the theme music) and Jeremy Lloyd. The main plot gave a basic storyline across the entire series, upon which hung classic farce set-ups, physical comedy and visual gags, ridiculous fake accents, a large amount of sexual innuendo and a fast-paced running string of broad cultural clichés.

Irving Stage Company was founded in 1959 by a group of enthusiasts anxious to present high quality theatre in West Suffolk. Since then the company has established a fine record for classical and contemporary theatre in the region. The company performs primarily at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary in 2019.

‘Allo ‘Allo has performances from Tue 6 – Sat 10 Nov, tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org/allo-allo or visit the theatre in person.