Allo Allo heads to Wearside

Chris Coates as Crabtree, Jillaine Hindson as Michelle, Phil Martin

Chris Coates as Crabtree, Jillaine Hindson as Michelle, Phil Martin

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The stage version of the popular TV comedy sitcom Allo ’Allo opens its café doors next week with Dryburn Theatrical Workshop.

Based on the hugely successful TV sitcom that ran for seven series, Allo ’Allo tells the adventures of hapless café owner, René, in Occupied France during the Second World War.

René and his tone-deaf wife, Edith, have stashed a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the French Résistance can repatriate them.

News that the Führer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the café, with René summoning all the wit he can muster to save his café and his life.

Lee Passmoor, chairman of Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, said: “This is a hugely funny show which will provide a great evening’s entertainment for all audiences, as well as those who remember the TV series and the characters such as Herr Flick, Lieutenant Gruber and the waitresses Yvette and Mimi.”

Dryburn Theatrical Workshop has a long history of successful performances, bringing together a talented local cast, impressive productions and loyal audiences from across Durham, Chester-le-Street and the North East.

Show times are at 7.15pm from Tuesday, September 27 to Friday September, 30 at the Chester-le-Street Community Association, Newcastle Bank, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS.

Tickets are all £7 on the Tuesday, and £8 for adults and £7 for children and concessions from Wednesday to Friday, with reductions on block bookings available. Tickets can be booked on 0191-388-3362 / 07468-607420 or at www.dryburntheatricalworkshop.ticketsource.co.uk