You'd be a fool to miss a night with TV legend Boycie
Maaaarleeeeeen.......the unmistakeable voice of one of TV's most iconic comedy characters will ring out at the refurbished Ritz Cinema and theatre in Lincoln tonight.
Boycie, one of the stars of BBC's classic Only Fools and Horses, brings his Peckham parlance to the stage at 6.30pm.
It will be a night of unbridled comedy with the likes of Del, Rodney, Grandad, Trigger and Raquel all brought to life by a man who lived the dream.
The veteran actor John Challis is staging his one-man show in the city in response to an overwhelming Twitter appeal.
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And the perfect foil for David Jason's Del Boy character has promised to lay bare the secrets of one of TV's most successful series.
Only Fools And Boycie is billed as "an intimate evening of stories and anecdotes" from John Challis's 50-year showbiz career.
But he's promised to talk mainly about the fun the cast had over more than 20 years recording one of the funniest comedy shows ever.
"I've led an incredible life and met all sorts of amazing people," he said.
"But I really hope Lincoln is looking forward to it as much as I am because there's so much to tell.
"During our show at Lincoln, we'll take people back to some of the classic scenes and play a few clips.
"And I'll let people know what went on behind the cameras.
"In 1993 I stayed in Lincoln when we brought the Maria Martin musical to the Theatre Royal on tour.
"I stayed in an apartment near the cathedral and remember the trek up and down Steep Hill for rehearsals.
"But my abiding memory of Lincoln was of the cathedral bells keeping me awake at night."
And there will be lots of opportunities for Only Fools and Horses fans to find out much more about the show because the actor gives away lots of secrets in his two-voume autobiography. 'Boycie' will stay in character to chat to the audience and sign copies of his hilarous books.
Agent Andy Richardson said: "John's always on Twitter and has 30,000 followers.
"So when he was contacted by lots of people from Lincoln I got in touch with Pete Genders at the Ritz and organised the show.
"John is really looking forward to it, especially as it's for a very good cause."
Mr Genders said: "The team at the Ritz think it's fantastic to be welcoming John to our building.
"And the money raised on the evening will be very helpful towards completing the restoration of the auditorium."
Tickets are still available from the venue on 01522 528348 or at www.onlyfoolsandboycie- eorg.eventbrite.co.uk