Comedy and charity go hand-in-hand for King’s Lynn Players

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The King’s Lynn Players donated £220 from their last performance of Teechers to the Cystic Fibrosis Fund at Lynn’s hospital ahead of their next production of comedy classic, Blackadder Goes Forth.

Teechers was led by the Players’ Drama Club and proved very successful when performed at the Arts Centre in January to raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

This is a cheque presentation from King's Lynn Players to QEH

This is a cheque presentation from King's Lynn Players to QEH

Carol Beveridge, director and chairman for the King’s Lynn Players, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to raise this money for the Cystic Fibrosis Fund in honour of Millie Barsby-Laws, one of our most enthusiastic Young Players who suffers from the illness.

“We hope to continue this fundraising success by donating funds to the Middleton branch of the Royal British Legion, when we present Blackadder Goes Forth.”

Ben Elton and Richard Curtis’ comic masterpiece will come to the Arts Centre for three evening performances from next Thursday.

She added: “It will be brought to you by some of our finest young actors bringing our own interpretation of these very funny scenes. Set in 1917 in the trenches during the First World War, Blackadder promises an evening of sarcasm, wit, and, of course, 
cunning plans!”

Following on from the success of Calendar Girls and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 2013, the Players are presenting an adaptation of the award-winning BBC Comedy, a brand new genre to them.

Tom Watson, director, said: “We aim to bring the Western Front in 1917 to life with this very funny play which follows Blackadder, Baldrick and George in a trench in Flanders. We are really looking forward to bringing the famous characters to life in our production which will present the last three episodes – Private Plane, General Hospital and Goodbyeee.”

The Players have been fortunate to borrow uniforms from The Muckleburgh Collection.

Tom said: “It’s fantastic to have the support from the Muckleburgh Collection and we are grateful for the uniforms and accessories they have loaned us. All the familiar characters will be played by some of the Players finest young actors and we aim to bring our own interpretation to these very funny comedy scenes.

“We hope you will join us and witness their many failed attempts to escape from the trenches in Flanders to avoid certain death under the command of the misguided General Melchett.”

Blackadder Goes Forth will be performed on March 13, 14 and 15 at 7.30pm at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre. Tickets cost £10 and are available from the box office on 01553 764864.