Nostalgic evening of wartime spirit with West Haddon Players

West Haddon Players prepare to put on an evening of 40s style entertainment.''Pictured: Richard Lilleyman, Bernadette Frost, Keith Ellis & John Drake.
West Haddon Players prepare to put on an evening of 40s style entertainment.''Pictured: Richard Lilleyman, Bernadette Frost, Keith Ellis & John Drake.
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A drama group will be encouraging people to step back in time and discover some wartime spirit with its latest production.

The West Haddon Players will be presenting A Wartime Night Out designed to give audiences a triple round of entertainment plus either dinner or an afternoon tea with a 1940s flavour.

The centrepiece of the action will see the audience transported to the fictional resort of Walmington On Sea where the players will perform an episode of the classic BBC sitcom Dad’s Army. Entitled The Godiva Affair and originally broadcast in December 1974, the episode sees the town short of £2,000 needed to purchase a Spitfire.

Co-director Richard Lilleyman said: “We did a Dad’s Army a couple of years ago and it was a big success.

“We always try to do some sort of revue show in February and we thought it would be good to show people what it would be like to live during that period.”

This won’t be the only entertainment as there will be two other performances.

The group will also re-create the popular BBC radio series Workers’ Playtime, a variety show which ran from 1941 to 1964 and featured the likes of Max Miller, Rob Whilton and Jack Warner. Also to be performed is a selection of rousing songs from the war to which the audience will be encouraged to sing along. A Wartime Night Out will be staged by the group at West Haddon Village Hall on Friday February 15 and Saturday February 16 from 7.30pm. Tickets for these two shows cost £15 and include generous rations of a three-course dinner. A matinee performance on the show’s final day starts at 2.30pm and tickets are priced at £10 or £8 for concessions.

For tickets, call (01788) 510503.