I always admire the work of amateur theatre groups – whether they’re performing musicals, serious plays or comedy – but perhaps one of the hardest challenges is putting on a version of something that’s not just well known from film or TV but also so strongly associated with a fine cast of actors.
That’s just the challenge being taken on by the Thurrock Court Players, whose stage version of The Vicar of Dibley by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter is adapted from Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer’s classic TV series, with kind permission of Tiger Aspect Productions.
Director Martyn Williams joined me this morning and paid tribute to the hard work of his cast – which includes Phoenix FM’s Mike Jones as eccentric farmer Owen Newitt – as he explained that the stage version is a distillation of the first two TV series in a story that revolves around the Vicar’s attempts to bring together Alice and Hugo.
Martyn also talked about the history of the Players and revealed their Autumn production – another TV comedy classic!
The Vicar of Dibley is at the Thameside Theatre, Grays, Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th February, with a Saturday matinee; for tickets visit Essex Theatre Ticketing. It promises to be a real feel-good show, bringing back some great memories of a very warm and funny series!