My husband and I went along last night to see the opening performance. I'd never been to Everyman Theatre before, an amateur dramatic company, but my husband's brother once took the lead in one of their performances some years ago. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but in no time at all I felt like I was watching the TV series. Innuendos started flying around the café and Edith with petit pains in her hair instead of curlers was walking in on Renée's passionate clinches with the stocking-clad waitresses. It's a fairly generic storyline, but very true to the series. You could tell the actors had studied the series in detail, as some of their mannerisms and voices were uncannily like those portrayed originally. (Herr Flick was always my favourite, and he didn't disappoint with the one-liners, "Anyone caught canoodling in the back row, vill be shot!"). It was a faithful performance, and a lot of fun to watch - and for the actors to perform too I imagine!
It was an overcast day with a little rain threatening as the evening began, but you don't have to worry too much about the weather as the seating is all undercover. The actors may get a soaking, but you won't. You don't have to worry about getting cold either, as there are blankets to hire, and it's fairly cosy when you're all packed in under the marquee anyway. Seats are fairly comfy (with a bit of padding), and the overall set-up is very nice. There's a sort of open air section before you go into the theatre bit, with tables and chairs outside, and an undercover section in a marquee. All decked out with fairylights and tablecloths. There's a bar, and The Dusty Knuckle pizza oven doing brisk trade (apparently they were voted in the top 25 pizzerias in the UK). The site is on grass, so have a think about your footwear (you don't want your stilettos sinking into mud when it rains!). Thank goodness, there are 'proper' toilets in one of those big cabins, rather than the dreaded portaloos.
If the 'light entertainment' category isn't your thing, then the Everyman Theatre is putting on some other open-air productions over July, including a bit of Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet), child-friendly Peter Pan, and musical Into The Woods. Something for everyone!
I received a pair of complimentary tickets to review the show. Tickets are normally priced £17 per adult.