Tameside theatre group to bring classic comedy to the stage

IF you’re a fan of TV sitcoms, and many of us are, you’ll no doubt have seen Open All Hours.

The hit BBC series from the 1970s and 80s centred around a small grocery shop in Doncaster, south Yorkshire. It was owned by the eccentric Arkwright (played by Ronnie Barker), who had his nephew Granville (played by David Jason) working for him as an errand boy.

Well, with the permission of the creator Roy Clarke, it’s being brought to the stage in Tameside by Dukinfield Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (DAODS).

Adapted by Paul Whitworth, the production will be coming to Hurst Community Centre in spring 2024.

With a blossoming cast, soon to be announced, it’s a chance to take a trip down memory lane with a timeless comedy and support a local theatre group in the process.

DAODS say it aims to “have you laughing out loud” as memories of the fabulous one-liners come flooding back in this “rollercoaster of laughter”.

The North West premiere of the play will be on at the centre on Kings Road in Ashton-under-Lyne from March 14 to 16, starting at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets cost £10 and are available to be booked online now at www.ticketsource.co.uk/dukinfield-aods.

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