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Up Pompeii!

by David14 April 2017
  • May 18th 2017 7:30 pm to May 20th 2017 10:00 pm

Ebor Players Celebrate Frankie With some Hanky Panky

One hundred years ago last month, Francis Alick Howerd was born in York. He went on to become one of the country’s best-loved comedians. In celebration of this, the Ebor Players will be performing the stage play of Frankie Howerd’s best-known TV show, Up Pompeii!

The Ebor Players, based in Bishopthorpe, have been performing their highly successful pantomimes to sell-out audiences for the last 22 years and in 2015 decided to ‘branch out’ and put on a spring production. They chose ‘Allo ‘Allo, which was an instant hit, so much so they had to put on an extra performance. This year they have chosen the stage version of another television gem, Up Pompeii!, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of Frankie Howerd’s birth and this weekend the cast met up with the Lord Mayor of York, Dave Taylor for a photo opportunity at 53 Hartoft Street, where Frankie spent the first years of his life.

In 1988, Frankie Howerd asked Miles Tredinnick, one of his writers, to write an updated stage version of Up Pompeii! but the play was shelved when Howerd went on to reprise his role as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the West End. The stage play was eventually revised and updated and had its première in January 2011.

The play sees Lurcio the slave, Senna the Soothsayer, Ammonia, Voluptua and the rest of the cast hilariously romping through ancient Pompeii with jokes, puns, innuendo, and misunderstandings a-plenty. As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house. Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife return so quickly from the country? Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius’s love poetry improve?

The answers can be found at Bishopthorpe Village Hall from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May at 7.30pm. Seating will be cafe style with the opportunity to purchase wine and food. We are also encouraging people to dress up in their ‘Roman finery’ and there will be a prize each night for the best dressed Roman or slave! Tickets priced at £10.00 can be bought online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ebor-players,  or by telephone on 07842999847

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