Classic television comedy comes to the stage of Retford Little Theatre when Hi-de-Hi leaves the small screen and goes live in the theatre. Like so many hugely successful TV series’, it is amazing to realise that the last episode of Hi-de-Hi was recorded as long ago as 1988. All the characters still seem like old friends even though we haven’t seen them for many years.
And all those old friends appear in the stage version. Entertainment Manager Jeffrey Fairbrother is largely unaware of the passionate love of chief Yellowcoat, Gladys Pugh. Ted Bovis, the Camp Host, continues to be imaginative in the scams he inflicts on the holiday-makers. His chalet mate Spike Dixon is honest and law-abiding, but turns a blind eye to Ted’s bingo-rigging activities. Peggy Ollerenshaw is still longing to be a Yellowcoat instead of a chalet cleaner, and as the new holiday season begins, it looks as if she might be in luck. Joe Maplin has announced that he is opening a new camp in the Bahamas, and he is looking for Yellowcoats to work there.
Ted has to turn up the level of his nefarious money-making schemes when his ex-wife turns up with a bailiff in tow. And the comic mayhem increases with typical contributions from the snooty ballroom dancers Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves, Fred the alcoholic jockey and Mr Partridge, the child-hating children’s entertainer.
Relive one of TV’s greatest comedy creations at the Little Theatre from 10th to 14th July. Booking opens on 3rd July and tickets are available by calling 01777 702002 or email email@example.com.