The Vicar of Di­b­ley wan­ders off

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

Re­ward! The Vicar of Di­b­ley is miss­ing. The Rev­erend Geral­dine Granger was mind­ing her own busi­ness on Al­bert St in Hokowhitu when she was kid­napped right off the foot­path. While new pres­i­dent of Manawatu Theatre So­ci­ety Damian Thorne is anx­iously await­ing a ran­som note, he has al­ready posted a re­ward for the re­turn of Geral­dine.

‘‘There are free tick­ets to any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the das­tardly theft,’’ Damian says.

Theft of a vicar? Un­heard of. For­tu­nately for The Vicar of Di­b­ley which opens its two-week sea­son at the Globe to­mor­row night, there are ‘un­der­stud­ies’, and de­spite one of the ‘revs’ now miss­ing in ac­tion, the vi­va­cious vicar will still be con­duct­ing ves­pers and en­cour­ag­ing her flock from the theatre’s ‘pulpit’.

The stage ver­sion of the fun ITV show writ­ten by Richard Curtis and Paul May­hew-Archer that starred Dawn French, goes live at the Globe un­til Satur­day 12, in­clud­ing a Sun­day ser­vice.

‘‘It’s a faith­ful re­pro­duc­tion of the TV se­ries – even the set,’’ Damian says.

Which is prob­a­bly why there are so many ‘faith­ful re­pro­duc­tions’ of the vicar on the loose. Among them is Chris­tine Tay­lor-Haus­man, who looks ever so rev­erend when she is all vested up, and bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to the fa­mous Dawn French char­ac­ter.

Chris­tine will be re­mem­bered for her role in last year’s pro­duc­tion of Cal­en­dar Girls. This time she gets to keep her clothes on, and en­joy a de­cent ‘date’.

‘‘It’s quite a chal­lenge tak­ing such a well-known char­ac­ter from such a well­known TV script to the stage,’’ she says.

Di­rected by Joy McDon­ald, the com­edy an­nounces the ar­rival of the vicar to Di­b­ley fol­lowed by Hugo’s mem­o­rable pro­posal to Alice and the sub­se­quent wed­ding. Book­ings for the 7.30pm and 4pm mati­nees are at the Globe and Globe Theatre online.

The Tri­bune has five dou­ble Vicar of Di­b­ley pew passes to give away. Email your con­tact de­tails with ‘Vicar’ in the sub­ject line to tri­bunecom­pe­ti­tions@msl.co.nz, by mid­day Fri­day Sep 4. One en­try per per­son please. Win­ners will be ad­vised by phone/email.

PHOTO GRANT MATTHEWS/FAIR­FAX NZ

Would the Vicar of Di­b­ley thief please own up – though this dash-cam selfie seems to sug­gest the vicar’s dis­ap­pear­ance from a prom­i­nent lo­ca­tion in Hokowhitu could be an in­side job.

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