Ex-Corrie favourite loving life paying tribute to Les
Expect baggy tights, heaved bosoms, double entendres and mass mispronunciation when comic characters Cissie and Ada, immortalised by Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough, return to the stage and arrive in Lincoln.
Currently touring nationwide, Broadway Theatre and Cutting the Strings Theatre Company will bring Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy to Lincoln Theatre Royal this weekend.
Former Coronation Street actors Eric Potts, known for his portrayal of eccentric baker Diggory Compton in the soap (1989-2006) and Steven Arnold who played Ashley Peacock (1995-2010) are joined by Natasha Magigi and Spitting Images' Steve Nallon to revisit the characters, comedians, story and sketches.
Cissie and Ada first appeared on television in the British comedy Sez Les, where it became a regular sketch.
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The show ran for 11 series from 1969 to 1976.
Playwright Graham Warrener has worked in collaboration with original Cissie and Ada writer Terry Ravencroft on Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy.
Terry himself will be portrayed by Steven Arnold onstage in the production.
"It's a lovely character to play and brilliant writing with a lot of original Cissie and Ada sketches," says Arnold.
The title of the show makes reference to a line from Cissie and Ada At The Doctor's Surgery and Arnold confirms this sketch is in the production.
However, the show goes beyond the sketches, heading behind the scenes.
Audiences will also discover more about how Cissie and Ada came into existence and rose to become household names.
Arnold says: "The premise of the play is us sat in the studio filming the sketches as they did but then when they 'cut' at the end of the sketches we move on to see Les and Roy and Terry coming in to do his stuff as a writer.
"It's an all-round look at the development side and audiences learn a lot about how it all came to be.
"When I was approached to be involved I said yes straight away. I read the script and loved it.
"It's my first play; although I have done pantomime before but I wanted to do a more 'serious' piece of stage work and this has been a nice introduction to the theatre for me.
"I also loved Les Dawson, was a big fan of his work," Arnold adds, about the comedian who died 20 years ago in June 1993.
"When I discovered this production was also about him, I knew it would be great.
"I watched a lot of the sketches again before this show and the comedy just stands up so well.
"I wish we could have more stuff like that on television now."
Alongside Arnold, Steve Nallon portrays Ada and Roy, and Eric Potts is Cissie and Les.
"I think anyone who wants a great laugh and to see Cissie and Ada in action once again should get down the theatre for this one," Arnold adds.
"We have a great cast and it's been directed well.
"I have worked with Eric Potts before on Coronation Street so I knew him and it's nice to be working together again. We have always had a great rapport.
"I also worked with Roy Barraclough on the Street for a few years as well and he is such a talented actor."
Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22 (7.30pm). Ticket: £16 (concs £14). Box office: 01522 519999, www.lincolntheatreroyal.com