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The Brookside Theatre invites you to join in along the chalet lines as the theatre in Romford is transformed into 1950s holiday camp Maplins!
Brought to you by the creative team behind ‘Allo ‘Allo and Goodnight Sweetheart the Musical, this stage adaptation of the hugely popular TV series sees its host of colourful characters brought to the stage. Will Gladys capture her boss’s heart? Will chalet maid Peggy achieve her burning ambition to become a Yellowcoat? Will that rogue Ted ever stop trying to scam the campers? Whatever happens, don’t be late for the knobbly knees contest in the Hawaiian Ballroom!
HI-DE-HI! by Jimmy Perry and David Croft (who also penned Dad’s Army and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum) ran for an incredible 58 episodes between 1980-1988, scooping a BAFTA along the way for Best Comedy.
Based on Perry’s own experiences as a Butlins Redcoat, the show charts the exploits of the Camp entertainment staff led by bumbling ex-professor Jeffrey Fairbrother.
The sterling cast of the theatre’s production include Brookside debutants Dan Hazelwood as Jeffrey, Lynne Reid as Gladys and Elle Andrews as Peggy as well as the familiar face of Sean Erwood as Spike Dixon.
Playing the role of Ted Bovis as well as directing and producing the show is the theatre’s Artistic Director, Jai Sepple, who said:
“Hi-De-Hi is such an iconic show, full of fantastically funny characters and catchphrases. I have been blessed with a wonderful cast for this latest venture. Everyone got so excited when their Yellowcoat costumes arrived and they got to try them on for the first time, everyone except Elle who is playing Peggy that is, she isn’t allowed to go near them of course!”
Don’t miss the summer party of the year at the holiday resort in Crimpton-on-Sea where the Yellowcoats are always on hand with a smile and a joke.
Fast, funny and warm-hearted, HI-DE-HI! promises to be a fun-packed night out full of comedy, laughter and music for the whole family, young and old.
So don’t hang about and be sure to reserve your deckchair by the Olympic-sized swimming pool. And when those Yellowcoats shout “hi-de-hi” remember to come back with a nice loud “ho-de-ho”!
Aston spoke to Laura Denmar who is playing Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves in the production:
HI-DE-HI! runs from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th June 2019 at 8pm (Saturday Matinee 2pm) at the Brookside Theatre, Romford. Tickets are £16.00 (Concessions £13.00) and can be booked online at www.brooksidetheatre.com or call the box office on 01708 755775.