Review/gallery: Blackadder II Parte the Firste, the Seagull Rep, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, October 29-30; Norwich Playhouse, October 31-November 1; Beccles Public Hall, November 6; Diss Corn Hall, November 7, Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, November 2-3, 8-9.

Thom Bailey as Baldrick and Jonny Goddard as Blackadder in the Seagull Rep's Blackadder II Parte the

Thom Bailey as Baldrick and Jonny Goddard as Blackadder in the Seagull Rep's Blackadder II Parte the Firste - Credit: Archant

Blackadder is my second favourite sit-com ever - my first is Spaced, in case you were wondering - so it was with slight trepidation that I sat down to watch Bells, Head and Potato brought to life.

I needn’t have worried.

It was funny, inventive and left the opening night audience looking forward to the final three episodes, scheduled for next April-May.

It’s a brave man who pulls on Rowan Atkinson’s codpiece but Jonny Goddard was fantastic, staying on the right side of homage rather than veering into an impersonation, while scene-stealing Sharn McDonald was amazing as Queen Elizabeth. Two iconic roles, had they not nailed them the show would’ve been like a broken pencil - pointless.

There was strong support from the rest of the cast; particularly Thomas Bailey as Baldrick and Will Isgrove as Percy.


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Simply staged with a hilarious touch at the end of all three episodes which I won’t spoil but fans will love, I abandoned my usual habit of mouthing the dialogue and enjoyed the ride.

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