The Vicar of Dibley wanders off
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, by midday Friday Sep 4. One entry per person please. Winners will be advised by phone/email.
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.