REVIEW – No Sex Please, We’re British, The Customs House, South Shields

No Sex Please, We're British is on at the Customs House from Wednesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 9''James de Lauch Hay as Brian Runnicles and Kylie Ann Ford as Frances Hunter

No Sex Please, We're British is on at the Customs House from Wednesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 9''James de Lauch Hay as Brian Runnicles and Kylie Ann Ford as Frances Hunter

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COMEDY No Sex Please, We’re British has opened at the Customs House.

The play is based on the 1973 film, starring comedy legends Ronnie Corbett and Arthur Lowe.

The comedy farce, set in the late 1960s, surrounds assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives above his bank with his new bride, Frances.

After innocently ordering some Scandinavian glassware, Frances is sent saucy postcards, and the pair must try to get rid of them without anybody finding out.

James de Lauch Hay, from Cleadon, stars in the show as the bank’s frantic chief cashier Brian Runnicles.

The 18-year-old said: “The play is just a typical farce and it’s very British. A lot of people are put off by the title and think it’s going to be really rude, but it’s not.

“It’s all about the misunderstanding of receiving these images in the post and the panic of trying to get rid of them.

“And as a typical farce, every time they think of a solution, something else goes wrong.

“It’s packed full of innocent innuendos and it’s something that everyone will be able to enjoy.”

Director Gareth Hunter said: “It’s a really fun show and it’s set in a time when talking about sex was very controversial.

“Being sent something like that in the post today wouldn’t really be a big deal, but then it was outrageous.

“We’ve been having such a laugh in rehearsals and now we just can’t wait to put it on in front of a live audience.”

No Sex Please, We’re British is on at the Customs House until tomorrow.

Tickets cost £13 with an £11 concession. To book, call 454 1234 or go to www.customshouse.co.uk.