Cheesy comedy bound for Worksop’s Acorn

The picture shows cast members in a scene from Big Bad Mouse. (From left to right): Abigail Jackson, Trudi Jackson, Mike Tomlinson, Heather Carroll, James Overend, Mick Walters
The picture shows cast members in a scene from Big Bad Mouse. (From left to right): Abigail Jackson, Trudi Jackson, Mike Tomlinson, Heather Carroll, James Overend, Mick Walters

YOu might be forgiven for thinking there is a severe rodent infestation at Worksop’s Acorn Theatre if you’ve seen the posters for its forthcoming production.

But fear not - they are just advertising the Dukeries Theatre Group’s latest production Big Bad Mouse - set to take to the stage for three nights next week.

Having recently performed an award-winning drama courtesy of Arthur Miller, the company are now luring audiences with a big hunk of cheesy comedy set in the office of Chunkibix Ltd.

There is, it Mr Price-Hargreaves who gives the orders and Mr Bloome obeys them.

Unti, that is, Mr Bloome is accused of chasing a young female across Wandsworth Common - making him the hero of every woman and girl in the office, not least Miss Spencer.

Is little Mr Bloome truly the super-hero of these ladies’ dreams?

The production was originally a huge success for Jimmy Edwards and Eric Sykes in the 60’s.

The show toured nationally and then settled down to a sell-out, extended, three-year West End run, this time with Roy Castle stepping in for the incapacitated Sykes.

It is said that by the end of the run the script bore little resemblance to the original, thanks to the antics of the cast.

Play director Donna Arnold said she hopes her characters will manage to avoid such breaches of copyright when the show comes to town next week.

“There’s a timelessness about this play which I’m sure will still appeal to present day audiences and we hope to present the characters in all their stereotypical glory,” she said.

Tickets are £6 and are available from the box office on 01909 501817.

Performances on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November all commence at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £6 each and to book for this event, call The Acorn Box Office on 01909 501817.

And the Guardian is offering one lucky family the chance to win tickets to the show.

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to see the show on the date of your choice, simply answer the following question.

Q) What is the name of the office the farcical comedy is set?

Mark your answer ‘Big Bad Mouse competition’ and email your entry to competitions@worksop-guardian.co.uk or send it by post to The Worksop Guardian, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts S80 2AY.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 16th November.

The lucky winner will be contacted by telephone so do not forget to include a daytime contact number.

Normal Guardian competition rules apply.

To find out more about forthcoming productions for the autumn season at Worksop’s Acorn Theatre, Queen Street, visit www.acorntheatre.net or call the box office on 01909 501817.