For the very first time in a major national tour Victoria Wood’s hit BBC TV sitcom dinnerladies comes to the stage. The show, which initially ran for two series from 1998 to 2000, was voted ninth in the all-time list of favourite sitcoms, a remarkable feat for a programme where only 16 episodes were ever made.
The stage play, produced by Jan Hunt and David Graham, is based on the second TV series and follows the reluctant love story of Bren and Tony, originally played by Victoria Wood and ANDREW DUNN who re-creates his TV role in the stage version. They are egged on by their work colleagues, Dolly, Jean, Twinkle and Anita. Making frequent appearances are caretaker Stan, Phillippa from Human Resources, secretary Jane, played on this tour by SUE DEVANEY who portrayed the character in the TV series, and Bren’s truly dreadful mother, Petula, played originally by Julie Walters.
Andrew Dunn and Sue Devaney are also well-known for their roles in CORONATION STREET, Sue having played Debbie Webster for several years and Andrew having recently finished playing the role of Roger Stiles. Sue is also well known as Liz Harker from BBC TV’s CASUALTY.
It was decided early on that the touring cast and production should bear a very close resemblance to the well-loved TV series and this is exactly what has happened, with a strong, experienced cast re-creating some of the best drawn sitcom characters on television and delivering some of the funniest lines.
dinnerladies is appearing at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 March as part of a UK tour and, for pure feel-good factor and the chance to really cheer yourself up, quite apart from opportunity to experience some of Victoria Wood’s funniest writing, it’s a show not to be missed.
Press Night: Tuesday 2 March, 7.30pm
Press Enquiries: Ruth Findlay, 0131 622 8088, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 2 – Sat 6 March
7.30pm / Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Tickets: £14.00 – £26.50
Box Office: 0131 529 6000