YOU’VE seen it on TV for almost 30 years – but now Last Of The Summer Wine is hitting stages across the country.
The show featuring favourites Compo, Clegg and Foggy has been penned by Last Of The Summer Wine creator Roy Clarke.
Roy revealed that the production is subtitled The Moonbather after a book he wrote several years ago which involves many of the favourite characters from the long-running comedy.
He said: “The theatre run began in July in Eastbourne and is now in Scotland but will be in West Yorkshire at the end of this month.
“That’s when I will see it for the first time. The whole scene is set in Clegg’s house.’’
The West Yorkshire production will be at St George’s Hall in Bradford – and Hi-de-Hi comedy star Ruth Madoc is the best-known name in it.
Roy said: “It would be great to have her in the TV series, but there’s an awful lot of well-known characters in there already.’’
The theatre cast also includes Tony Adams, who is best-known from Crossroads and Steven Pinder who has been in Brookside.
The audience is promised plenty of madcap misunderstandings – along with a few new faces.
The plot concerns a mystery man, wandering through Holmfirth wearing very little – and ends up in Norman Clegg’s dining-room.
Ruth Madoc shot to fame as irrepressible love-struck Maplin’s Yellow Coat Gladys Pugh in BBC comedy Hi-de-Hi.
She has since toured the country in major musicals including Annie and more recently starred as Daffyd’s understanding mother in the smash-hit comedy Little Britain.
She will appear alongside actress Amanda Holden soon in a new BBC comedy called Big Top.
Last Of The Summer Wine will be at St George’s Hall from Tuesday, October 27 until Saturday, October 31.
Coincidentally the film crew is now back in the Holme Valley filming a new six-episode series with big names such as Russ Abbott, Burt Kwouk, Brian Murphy and Jean Alexander.
Last Of The Summer Wine premiered as an episode of Comedy Playhouse on January 4, 1973 and the first series began November 12, 1973.
The 30th series ran between April and June this year and another six episode series has been commissioned for broadcast in 2010.
Repeats of the show are broadcast in the UK on Gold and it is also seen in more than twenty-five countries, including various stations in the United States and in Canada on VisionTV.
Last Of The Summer Wine is the longest-running comedy programme in Britain and the longest-running sitcom in the world.