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TALLY HO: The cast of Blackadder Goes Fourth which will be staged at the Gaiety Theatre by the Service Players under the direction of Alex Brindley this month

TALLY HO: The cast of Blackadder Goes Fourth which will be staged at the Gaiety Theatre by the Service Players under the direction of Alex Brindley this month

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BEN Elton and Richard Curtis’ much-loved comedy, Blackadder, is to be brought to the Gaiety Theatre stage by the Service Players this month.

Manx Radio presenter Alex Brindley will direct the Service Players in the first Isle of Man production of the TV favourite in a three-night run between April 19 and 21.

In association with Manx Radio, the society will present three episodes of the hugely popular Blackadder Goes Forth, set in the trenches of World War I, and including the poignant final episode.

Playing Captain Blackadder will be Howard Caine, veteran Service Player and Manx Radio news presenter.

Douglas Choral Union star Karl Bovenizer will take the role of Blackadder’s unsavoury sidekick Baldrick, in his first stint with the society.

Melchett will be played by Service Players chairman, Chris Caine, with a truly magnificent moustache grown especially for the role.

George will be played by Tom Cain, Darling by Juan Bridson, and the lone female “Bob” by another Manx Radio news presenter, Beth Espey. Mike Trout, of the Legion Players, completes the line-up, as General Haig.

This is Alex’s directorial debut with the Service Players but his second production with them, having acted in the farce Noises Off in 2009.

Alex last directed at the Gaiety with the Legion Players, for the stage version of Brassed Off, and he’s pleased to get in the hot seat again.

He said: ‘Blackadder has always been one of my favourite television shows, so when we got permission from writing geniuses Richard Curtis and Ben Elton to stage these episodes of Blackadder Goes Forth, I was over the moon.

‘And the Service Players are such a vibrant group. I’m having great fun watching the cast metamorphose into those well-loved characters.’

The show will start at 7.30pm each night. Tickets cost £12 (concessions are available) and can be bought from the box office on 600555, at the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre and online at villagaiety.com.

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