Vintage comedy at Rugby Theatre

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The wit and wisdom of the queen of British comedy, Victoria Wood, is being brought to the stage by the talented performers at Rugby Theatre this week.

The group is putting on the Olivier Award-winning show Acorn Antiques – The Musical for an eight-performance run at the Henry Street theatre. The musical, which runs from Saturday (October 19) until October 26, features some of Victoria Wood’s best-loved characters, including legendary tea-lady Mrs Overall and hapless shop owners Miss Babs and Mr Clifford.

The comedy writer and performer introduced the characters in her sketch show As Seen On TV nearly 30 years ago. Acorn Antiques parodied soaps like 1970s hit Crossroads, complete with creaky sets, fluffed lines and outrageous plots. She turned it into a musical in 2005.

Rugby Theatre’s musical version is directed by Garry Hill, and among the stars of the show are Rayner Wilson as Mrs Overall and Kathy Evans as Miss Babs – parts originally played by Julie Walters and Celia Imrie on TV.

John Watson is in charge of the music, while choreography is by Vicky Jo.

Garry said: “I saw the original version of the musical seven or eight years ago, and have been keen to see it staged at Rugby ever since. It combines all Victoria Wood’s wit and humour with some outrageous songs and a hilarious plot. It’s also a bit rude – so you might not want to bring the children or your maiden aunt!”

The show opens on Saturday with a 7.30pm performance.

It then continues from Monday until the following Saturday, October 26, when there is also a matinee at 3pm.

Tickets, £12.50 and £15, and are available from 01788 541234, or rugbytheatre.co.uk