Please be seated as the Vicar of Dibley comes to Dereham

Geraldine, the Vicar of Dibley - Dereham Theatre Company

Geraldine, the Vicar of Dibley - Dereham Theatre Company - Credit: Archant

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Alice and Hugo, Vicar of Dibley - Dereham Theatre Company

Alice and Hugo, Vicar of Dibley - Dereham Theatre Company - Credit: Archant

It's time to put on your Sunday best and take a pew as the curtain goes up in Dereham on the live stage version of the nation's favourite sit-com The Vicar of Dibley.

Faithfully adapted from the television scripts, all the well-loved characters of the Dibley Parish Council will take their seats in a congregation of holy hilarity at the Memorial Hall for the performances by Dereham Theatre Company.

When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies suddenly, the parishioners are surprised to find that the Bishop has appointed a woman as their new vicar. Geraldine Granger, (played by Dawn French in the hit BBC series) is aided (sort of) by the verger, Alice Tinker and opposed at practically every turn by parish council chairman David Horton.

The lead role of Geraldine will be played by Sarah Margee, in only her second show with Dereham Theatre Company, and alongside her will be some of their long standing members including Colin Harris (as Frank Pickle), Mark Wells (as Owen Newitt), David Rees (as Jim Trott) and Jill Jarman (as Letitia Cropley). Also joining them is last year's Edmund Blackadder Lee Johnson (as Hugo Horton), Phil Sherwood (as David Horton) and Marea Smithson as the hapless Alice Tinker.

the cast of Vicar of Dibley - Dereham Theatre Company

the cast of Vicar of Dibley - Dereham Theatre Company - Credit: Archant


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Filled with all of our favourite Dibley moments, Act One and Two will be made up of existing episodes from the TV series, including the fabulous wedding of Hugo and Alice.

Director Trevor Thurston said: 'Every rehearsal has had not only the cast, but also me in stitches, which is not an easy feat! But that's testimony to the quality of the comic writing of Richard Curtis. We can't wait to see the reaction of the audience, as they see how incredibly accurate all of the characters are to the faces and performances they know and love.'

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The doors to Dibley open at Dereham Memorial Hall from March 12 to 14 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from the box office at The Little Gallery, Norwich Street, on 01362 690969 or online at www.dosoc.co.uk.

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