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‘Good luck’ message from UP Pompeii playwright to town theatre group

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

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The playwright who turned the classic BBC sitcom Up Pompeii into a comedy play has sent his best wishes to a Burton theatre group which is staging the show.

Miles Tredinnick spotted online that Little Theatre Company was staging his play and sent the group a message saying: “All the best to the cast and crew of Up Pompeii at the Brewhouse Arts Centre. Hope you have a great success.”

It was 1988 when Miles, a writer and singer, was approached by the comedian Frankie Howerd, star of Up Pompeii, to create a stage version of the comedy show. He brought to life all the well-loved characters - Lurcio the slave, his master and mistress, Ludicrus Sextus and Ammonia, their promiscuous daughter Erotica, their innocent son Nausius and hopeless psychic Senna the Soothsayer.

Unfortunately, Miles’s play had to be put on the backburner when Frankie was asked to star in a revival of a musical also set in ancient Rome called A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Fast forward to 2011, and theatre producer Bruce James heard about the play and tracked down a copy.

It made him laugh so much he decided to produce a UK tour - and since then the show has proved a firm favourite with professional and amateur companies.

John Bowness, who is directing Up Pompeii for Little Theatre Company, said: “It’s wonderful that Miles took the time to send us a good luck message.

“He’s written a superbly funny play where the action is fast and furious. You don’t need to have seen Up Pompeii on TV, or be a Frankie Howerd fan, to enjoy this night of mistaken identity and misunderstandings.”

It will be staged from Tuesday, June 24 to Saturday, June 28 at 7.30pm each evening at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, in Union Street.

Tickets for Up Pompeii are £8 and are available by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco or by calling 01283 508100.

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