PREVIEW – Hi-De-Hi, Royalty Theatre

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HOLIDAY fun comes to the Royalty Theatre for its final production of the season.

The show is a stage version of the popular 80s sitcom Hi-De-Hi.

The TV show was set in a fictional holiday camp during 1959 and 1960 and was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, who also wrote Dad’s Army and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.

The stage version is an adaptation of the TV show and includes all the popular colourful characters that made the series such a success.

A major part of the TV show was filmed around the Maplins swimming pool and invariably ended with the holiday camp comic Spike Dixon being thrown in the pool with the encouragement of the campers.

The Royalty Theatre won’t be installing a swimming pool for the stage production. However, The Raich Carter Centre opened its doors to allow Royalty actor Andy Barella, who plays Spike in the stage version, get into character by being thrown in the pool several times in various silly costumes.

The cast will also be involved in other holiday camp activities to get in the mood, by holding several contests among its members such as Glamorous Granny, Knobbly Knees and Who Can Eat The Most Cake Without Being Sick competition.

Production director Peter Reynolds is also on the lookout for a Xylophone to be used by Gladys Pugh during the show and a “bin costume” for Spike.

If anyone has either of the items the theatre could borrow, contact tel. 576 2669.  

Tickets for the show are £7.50 for adults of £6.50 for concessions. They are available in advance from Tourist Information Centre in Sunderland Central Library or from tel. 565 2000