Preview: Plenty of drama down Dibley way

It was a hit TV series starring Dawn French.  Now, The Vicar of Dibley is set to take to the stage at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from 24 June.  The production by award-winning Poulton Drama promises to be a riotous romp through rural village life.

Life in the sleepy Oxfordshire village of Dibley is turned upside down when the ancient Rev. Pottle dies and the diocese sends new-fangled female Vicar, Geraldine Granger, as his replacement. “You were expecting a bloke with a beard, a Bible and bad breath. Instead, you got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom!” observes Geraldine when her arrival is met with a mixture of wonderment and horror from the collection of quirky yet loveable locals who call Dibley home.dibley2

Autocratic head of the Parish Council and local landowner, David Horton, is particularly appalled and when it becomes clear that the cheerful, new, chocolate-loving vicar does not intend to play second fiddle, he resolves to have her removed. But in the run-up to Verger Alice’s spectacularly silly wedding to his socially awkward son Hugo, even David must admit that Geraldine is the best thing to have ever happened to Dibley.

The show received rave reviews and performed to sell-out audiences at Thornton Little Theatre in November 2013. Two cast members, Laura Cullen (Alice Tinker) and Garry Houghton (Owen Newitt), both received prestigious NODA nominations for their performances.

Relive the unexpected arrival of the gregarious Geraldine, meet the many insane inhabitants of the quiet village of Dibley and join the congregation for Alice and Hugo’s madcap marriage ceremony in this delightfully funny, live stage show from Poulton Drama which has been cleverly adapted from Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer’s smash hit TV series.dibley3

The Vicar of Dibley is at the Grand Theatre Blackpool from Tuesday 24 June to Saturday 28 June at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.  Tickets are £13 with concessions priced at £11. Call the Box Office on 01253 290190 or visit the website to book.

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