In a couple of weeks the doors open at Café Rene for the Irving Stage Company’s production of the stage version of the much-loved British TV sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo.
The show is set in the small town of Nouvion in occupied France, where café owner Rene (Colin Musgrove) is dealing with a tone-deaf wife, two amorous waitresses, two British airmen in hiding and the demands of the Resistance.
The plot revolves around the famous portrait of The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies by Van Klomp.
Rene and Edith have it, Herr Flick of the Gestapo wants it, and so does Col von Strohm. Worse still, so does General von Schmelling, who is planning to present it to Hitler when he visits the town.
The news that the Fuhrer is coming to Nouvion sets in motion a train of events that could cost Rene his life – and sees the café inundated with Hitlers and Goerings – human and rubber.
The show, by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, includes a British agent masquerading as French policeman (Barry Barker) who believes he can speak the language – every “Good Moaning” gives him away.
(It is I) Leclerc pops up with a radio disguised as a parrot; Lt Gruber arrives with his little tank and the amorous Captain Bertorelli is chasing every female in sight.
Edith (Mandy Morrish) hilariously mangles each song she sings, despite the efforts of our onstage pianist and musical director Nicola Brazier.
The cast includes a postman, a counsellor, an HR director, a driver, a dance teacher, an arborist, an IT sales manager and a hospice fundraiser and takes place at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, from November 6 to 10.
Pictured above is Barry Barker as Officer Crabtree; Kathryn Smith as Michelle of the Resistance; Colin Musgrove as Rene Artois and Mandy Morrish at Edith Artois. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT.