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.
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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.
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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