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Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!

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Posted: 7/27/09 at 10:33am
Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!
The latest transfer of a major TV Brit Sit Com to the stage has just opened in Eastbourne and will play there until September before a 2 month national tour.
The last tour that the UK had was 'Dads Army' last year which tried desperately for a West end home but failed.
Later this year 'Porridge' takes to the stage.
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re: Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!#2
Posted: 7/27/09 at 6:19pm
oh god no! This is one trend i'm really not a fan of.
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Posted: 7/27/09 at 11:41pm
They've all been very hit or miss over the last 30 years.
They really do belong in big seaside resort theatres but being as there aint many of those left today they tend to get major tours.
The first one I ever saw was 'Are You Being Served?' in Blackpool in 1978? and it was magical with the entire TV cast including John Inman and Mollie Sugden.
The worst was 'It aint Alf Hot Mum' and it was dire.
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re: Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!#3
Posted: 7/28/09 at 12:56am
I have pretty dire memories of being dragged to see Hi Di Hi at the Victoria Palace many moons ago
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 1:16am
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That was a bad attempt at reviving variety- an insult to that very theatre actually!
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 1:41am
I've still got the programme somewhere as Bonnie Langford was in the audience and i got her autograph in the interval. I remember it very well as she was wearing a god awful leopard print catsuit.

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re: Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!#6
Posted: 7/28/09 at 3:57am
they also do 'faulty towers' but a little differently... its called the fawlty towers dining experience where you basically sit down for a 3 course meal and the actors do the show around you. its not a terrible show, and it sure sells out... its is 3rd return to the lowry in sept and october and has completely sold out each time.

porridge is playing the lowry over the xmas season if anyone is interested in seeing it.
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 4:21am
I remember seeing "Allo Allo" in the West End with the entire TV cast and it was really good.

The recent tour of "Dad's Army" was also excellent.

Having never watched LOTSW I won't be rushing to this one but would go to Porridge if it came near me.
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 4:54am
'Allo, Allo' was probably the most successful of all the TV to stage transfers. It played FIVE West End seasons, 4 summer seasons around the country and toured the world.
Prince Of Wales Theatre 1986 7 months & 1987 5 months
London Palladium 1988 6 months & 1989 2 months
Dominion Theatre 1992 1 month
The complete TV cast played two of the West End seasons at the London Palladium and the Prince Of Wales. Its first staging at the Prince Of Wales was sold out 2 months prior to the first performance. Its final West End run was at the Dominion.
It continues to tour today.

Todays production with just one member of the original TV cast, Vickie Michelle.
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 5:03am
this also played the one of the lowrys theatre last christmas... gosh we get all the gems re: Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!

i imagine lotsw will be next xmas's treat... along with one HUGE musical rumoured to be touring
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 6:15am
A not complete list of some of the TV sit coms of the 70s and 80s that had very successful seasons in most of the major seaside towns.
Back in those days it was common for all the major names to commit to 8 months of the stage show plus the recording of the TV series- imagine that today!

'Love Thy Neighbour' 1979
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'Dads Army' 1977
'Nearest And Dearest' 1971
'Not On Your Nellie' 1973

'The Liver Birds' 1974
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'Are You Being Served?' 1976
'Get Some In' 1978
'Hi De Hi' 1984
'It 'Aint Half Hot Mum' 1981
'Compo Plays Cupid' 1983
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Posted: 7/28/09 at 9:43am
What was the name of the TV series which had two couples, one black and one white? LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR? That was one that made it to Australia - like many of the above.

A great cast could have been put together from many of the names who appeared in LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, but I guess they are either too old or worse, dead now. Maybe Tony Sheldon could do a summer tour in it after he is finished with PRISCILLA. He'd look good in a hairnet.
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re: Last Of The Summer Wine -On Stage!#12
Posted: 7/28/09 at 3:00pm
That poster says it all - they're not daring to show the faces of the actors stepping into the shoes of the TV characters.

And what roles are the name-above-the-title actors playing if not the leading roles?

At least it means that Ruth Madoc has been booted out of the orphange.

I hate Last of the Summer Wine. I'd rather smash my head through the TV screen than watch an episode.