Racy Roman romp at Welwyn Garden City theatre
Titter ye not! A stage adaptation of a much-loved Frankie Howerd comedy classic is coming to the stage in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
Norwich-based Baroque Theatre Company presents comedy Up Pompeii at the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm as part of a national tour.
In the words of Howerd’s character Lurcio, we kick things off with the “prologue”.
Based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in a racy theatrical treat.
As Roman slave Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up in the myriad of sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.
Why does Ludicrus not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome? Why does his wife return so quickly from the country?
Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius’s love poetry improve?
Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance. What could that possibly be?
A riot from start to finish, Up Pompeii has been adapted for the stage by Miles Tredinnick and Baroque’s production is directed by the award-winning Adam Morley.
Clive Greenwood plays Lurcio, the iconic role made famous by Frankie Howerd.
Clive has played a character originally written for Frankie Howerd before, when he took on the role of ‘Gossipus’ in Not Tonight Caligula by comedy legends Ray Galton and John Antrobus at the Leicester Square Theatre.
Also recorded by Wireless Theatre, it was a first attempt to create a stage play based on Frankie’s ‘Lurcio’ character.
As a long-term Frankie fan, Clive is delighted to be again stepping into the great man’s sandals.
He also played Frankie, as well as Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Leonard Rossiter, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey, in his own co-written play Goodbye, the (after)life of Cook & Moore, which played to packed houses at the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, and London’s Leicester Square Theatre.
* Up Pompeii plays at the Hawthorne Theatre, in WGC, on Friday and Saturday, with performances at 7.30pm.