OF all the many productions by Grantham Dramatic Society I’ve watched over many years, Blackadder Goes Forth, running at the Guildhall Theatre this week, has to be one of the best.
The script is hilarious – well it is written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton – and the delivery was loyal.
John Skerritt in the title role delivered his lines with the statutory sarcasm while Peter Coppin delivered his with a high degree of twittishness. I soon got over the problem that Captain B towered over Lt George, the latter role lofty Hugh Laurie has made his own.
Equally convincing was William Clamp as Baldrick, even though it would take two Sir Tony Robinsons to fill William’s uniform.
It is difficult to portray characters whom professional actors have made their own, but the lads from GADS did a pretty good job.
And in that I can’t omit Bryan Scatchard, who even looked like Stephen Fry, never mind getting the voice to match.
But the man who brought the house down, and who only appears for a short spell, was Paul Meakin’s Flashheart who proved that Rik Mayall isn’t inimitable after all.
And the best judges, the audience, were well impressed. Gone was the polite laughter so often part of AmDram. This was real, profound and noisy.
Go on. Give your chuckle muscles a treat. Book now – you have until Saturday.
For details go to https://www.granthammatters.co.uk/events/38796/