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Clas­sic com­edy fans are in for a treat as The Goon Show from the 1950s is mak­ing a re­turn.

The clas­sic ra­dio show changed the Bri­tish com­edy land­scape when it burst onto the air­waves of the BBC Home Ser­vice in 1951. Spike Mil­li­gan, Peter Sellers, Harry Se­combe and co. brought a brand of sur­real chaotic hu­mour un­like any­thing that had been heard be­fore.

With their bizarre char­ac­ters, comic voices, fan­tas­ti­cal plots and hi­lar­i­ous run­ning jokes, The Goon Show cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the Bri­tish pub­lic and made house­hold names of its stars, all of whom went on to achieve fame across the globe. Now the first stage show about it comes to the stage in Spike Mil­li­gan’s cen­te­nary year. Pro­ducer Norma Farnes - Spike’s as­sis­tant and man­ager for 36 years - said: “The Goon Show was truly orig­i­nal and un­like any­thing heard be­fore.

“Spike’s sense of the ab­surd cre­ated a whole new form of com­edy which fu­elled ev­ery­one’s imag­i­na­tion and still does to­day.” Of Spike’s view of the show, she said: “He once said to me, with warmth and af­fec­tion, ‘it was like one very good sum­mer’. For me, Eric Sykes summed it up when he said to me ‘hear­ing it for the first time was like walk­ing through clear air af­ter be­ing stranded in a fog’.”

The Apollo The­atre Com­pany show, with its trade­mark wit and sur­real hu­mour, is at the Trin­ity The­atre in Tun­bridge Wells on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20. There are only a few tick­ets left.

Book at trin­i­tythe­atre.net or call 01892 678678.

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