shows: Tu­gun tack­les Ge­orge, Mil­dred and sec­ond honey­moons

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F ANS of Bri­tish sit­com characters Ge­orge and Mil­dred can look for­ward to a trip down me­mory lane when Tu­gun The­atre Com­pany opens its sea­son of When The Cat’s Away at Tu­gun Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­tre tonight.

Di­rected by Brenda War­ren, the stage com­edy was spe­cially writ­ten by John Morit­mer and Brian Cooke for Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce, who played the tit­u­lar characters on their long-run­ning Ge­orge and Mil­dred TV se­ries.

A spin-off from Man About the House, Ge­orge and Mil­dred fol­lowed the tri­als of ill-matched mar­ried cou­ple Ge­orge and Mil­dred Roper. The pop­u­lar se­ries aired in the UK from 1976 to 1979.

Orig­i­nally ti­tled Ge­orge and Mil­dred, the stage play was re­named When the Cat’s Away af­ter Joyce died sud­denly in 1980.

When The Cat’s Away’s sto­ry­line fol­lows Mil­dred as she tries to ar­range a sec­ond hon­ey­moon to France – much to Ge­orge’s hor­ror. When Ge­orge puts his foot down and re­fuses to go, Mil­dred de­cides to in­vite her sis­ter, Ethel.

The sis­ters head off to France, but it isn’t long be­fore Ethel’s ex-hus­band, Humphrey, lands Ge­orge in trou­ble on a night out on the town with his girl­friend and her pal.

Tu­gun’s sea­son of When The Cat’s Away stars Jody Good­man as Mil­dred, Jim Fury as Ge­orge, Libby Ban­croft as Ethel, Thian Sykes as Humphrey, Gai Byrne as Jen­nifer and Rianna Hart­ney-Smith as Shirley.

War­ren, who has been per­form­ing and di­rect­ing pro­duc­tions for Tu­gun The­atre Com­pany since 1972, says the slickly-writ­ten farce pro­vides plenty of great laughs.

‘‘The au­di­ence will walk out with a smile on their face. The ac­tors are very good. They are all ex­pe­ri­enced,’’ she says.

plays Tu­gun Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Thurs­days to Satur­days at 7.30pm from tonight un­til Fe­bru­ary 23, with 2pm mati­nees on Satur­day and Fe­bru­ary 16.

Jim Fury, as Ge­orge, finds him­self in a jam in Tu­gun The­atre Com­pany’s lat­est com­edy,

Gai Byrne, as Jen­nifer, and Thian Sykes as Humphrey in

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