A laugh with Blackadder
A local influence will be in play when Wellington Repertory Theatre tackles Blackadder III in May.
The show, based on the third series of the celebrated television programme that starred Rowan Atkinson, is being directed by Porirua trouper Ross Miller and stars Tawa’s Jodie Mahan as Mrs Miggins.
It is expected to appeal to both regular theatregoers and anyone who enjoyed the television show.
‘‘Our production of Blackadder II [the early Tudors] in late 2010 was extremely popular,’’ says Miller. ‘‘ We encourage people to book early for Blackadder III to avoid disappointment.’’
Blackadder III is set in the Regency period with Blackadder now butler to the witless Prince Regent and Baldrick raised to the position of dogsbody and general kitchen-hand.
The four episodes adapted for stage are: Ink and Incapability (Samuel Johnson and the dictionary), Nob and Nobility (the Scarlett Pimpernel), Amy and Amiability (the highwayman episode) and Sense and Senility (the actors and the Scottish play).
The 22-strong cast and crew will have rehearsed for over 10 weeks around their full-time jobs – ranging from GPS, to students, to IT managers – and are committed to providing theatre-goers with a great night out.