South Yorkshire theatre group revives popular TV show

John Anderson, Producer and host for the Thurgoland Thespians' Good Old Days
John Anderson, Producer and host for the Thurgoland Thespians' Good Old Days
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A South Yorkshire theatre group is taking a trip down memory lane with its latest production which opens tomorrow evening.

The Thurgoland Thespians have created their own version of ‘The Good Old Days’, a popular BBC variety show which ran from 1953 to 1983.

The nostalgic TV show recreated the authentic atmosphere of the Victorian-Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches performed by popular artists of the day but in a traditional music hall style.

The audience was invited to attend in traditional Victorian costume to create an authentic feel.

For three nights, the Thurgoland Thespians plan to bring the show back to life while raising money for improvements to Thurgoland village hall.

Producer and host John Anderson said: “We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of both amateur and professional artists wanting to take part in the production.

“We have the core players that offer some continuity to the shows, including the Thurgoland Adult and Thurgoland Junior School Choir, members of the Stamper Dance Troupe raising their skirts to the Can Can, a number of song and dance routines by local thespians and a few minor farces and slap stick humour sketches to raise a laugh or two.

“But in addition to this, we have a number of novelty artists that have volunteered to take part. Due to other commitments and bookings, however, many are only able to appear for one or two nights. This will make every night unique and for this reason we already have some people wanting to watch the show over all three nights.”

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at Thurgoland Village Hall from tomorrow until Saturday.

The cash raised will go towards fund matching for grants to upgrade the hall electrics. It is hoped there will also be enough to invest in new stage lighting for the pantomimes and other Thurgoland Thespian performances.

Pre-order tickets by calling 01226 763257.