Pick Me Up Theatre are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much-loved BBC sitcom Dad’s Army in 2018 with a stage version featuring some of its most memorable moments.
The John Cooper Studio @41 Monkgate in York will be transformed into the Walmington-on-Sea Church Hall and filled with all our favourite characters including pompous Captain Mainwaring, “stupid boy” Pike, Lance Corporal “Don’t Panic” Jones, and Private “We’re Doomed” Frazer.
The stage show features three classic episodes of the TV series written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft:
The Deadly Attachment – where the platoon are ordered to guard the crew of a captured German U-boat in the episode featuring the immortal line “Don’t tell him, Pike!”
Mum’s Army – in which Captain Mainwaring allows women to join the platoon and falls for one of the new recruits.
The Godiva Affair – where the platoon are rehearsing a Morris Dance to perform in a fund-raising carnival parade that will include a ride past by Lady Godiva.
The show also features The Floral Dance – with the platoon rehearsing a traditional Cornish dance along with wardens and some of the ladies of Walmington-on-Sea. The original Dad’s Army cast performed the hilarious Floral Dance sketch on Christmas Night With The Stars, a special programme shown on Christmas Day 1970, and again at the Royal Variety Performance in 1975. No video of the sketch remains, so this is a rare chance to see a unique piece of Dad’s Army history.