You’ve laughed at it on television and now you can see it live – The Vicar of Dibley is about to take West Norfolk by a rejoiceful storm of hilarity, drama, friendship, love and human nature at its best, and in some cases, at its comedic worst!
This is the latest production by King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (KLODS) and will be staged at Lynn Arts Centre in October.
When their elderly vicar passes away, congregation members in the small quintessential village of Dibley request a replacement. Some are surprised, a few are somewhat shocked, to find that the new vicar assigned to lead the parish is a woman.
And not just any woman – Geraldine Granger is an outgoing, vivacious, chocolate loving, and by comparison, a very non-traditional and fun-loving vicar, despite being caring and committed to her flock.
However, her new thinking ways do not initially endear her to the head of the parish council, an old-fashioned gentleman farmer who’s not a fan of change. That is not what gets the citizens of Dibley in an uproar though. It’s because she is a woman. Still, that doesn’t stop Geraldine from proving her worthiness to the village.
After time, the villagers (with the exception of influential David Horton) accept Geraldine as The Vicar of Dibley. Hilarity ensues as Geraldine tries to win over the stodgy council members while staying true to herself and her pastoral calling.
KLODS are again on an all-time local first with their latest production, The Vicar of Dibley, at the Arts Centre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 15-17, nightly at 7.30pm.
It will be produced by the KLODS team and directed by Richard Abel.
With the performing rights and royalities being passed directly to the Comic Relief charity thanks to the generosity of Tiger Aspect Ltd, KLODS chair Margaret Fox declares her pleasure at the society being able to stage such a “giving” production.
Ms Fox said: “Tickets are going fast for what many know and recognise as a classic TV show that has now entered a new era of comedy history with this recently released stage play. The Arts Centre provides the ‘monastic’ venue that is ideal for a story centred around a church and village life, and with KLODS, also a registered charity, adding the strong performance values that the society is well known for, it is an ideal night out for all the family.”
David Nash, vice-chairman of KLODS added: “While the show is a well-known TV classic, the stage show is also a fun romantic comedy that will leave you smiling even after laughing the evening away, as the script is comedy theatre at its best.”