Farce to the fore

The an­tics of three age­ing rogues come to life on stage.

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Foggy, Compo and Clegg can mean only one thing.

Fans of the long-run­ning Bri­tish TV se­ries Last of the Sum­merWine will recog­nise the names im­me­di­ately. The es­capades of three re­tired blokes from York­shire have passed into TV folk­lore, and scipt-writer Roy Clarke put to­gether this stage play af­ter the seven-year screen run was over in 2010.

Set in Clegg’s home, the adap­ta­tion con­tin­ues the ad­ven­tures of the three el­derly mav­er­icks whose be­hav­iour is un­be­com­ing and un­typ­i­cal of the usual golden age stereo­types. Mis­chievous pranks, com­i­cal in­ven­tions and end­less spec­u­la­tion about the lives of oth­ers in their com­mu­nity are part of their charm.

Globe Award win­ning di­rec­tor Peter Do­herty says it was es­sen­tial to have ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors who could repli­cate th­ese char­ac­ters.

He has been blessed with fel­low Globe Award win­ner Tony Vin­cent who plays the scruffy, rough and ready Compo, Dan Ma­teer as the cau­tious and in­tel­lec­tual Clegg, with Phil White as Foggy – the snobby, and amorous for­mer army colonel, who is in pur­suit of Con­stance, the long-time fi­ance of lo­cal po­lice­man Gif­ford Bew­mont.

‘‘This is a farce and the au­di­ence can ex­pect a fast-paced show with lots of com­ings and go­ings and some un­ex­pected twists,’’ Peter says.

Last of the Sum­mer Wine opens at Feild­ing Lit­tle The­atre in Stafford St this week, run­ning from June 3 to June 18. There are din­ner and show, and show-only op­tions avail­able.

The 4pm Sunday mati­nee on June 12 fea­tures a high tea.

See feild­inglit­tlethe­atre, with book­ings avail­able on­line through Eventfinda and on 323 5051.

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