Expect a babe with a bob

Cathy Lloyd and Laura Cullen
Cathy Lloyd and Laura Cullen
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No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Yes.

The Vicar of Dibley show is heading to Lancashire.

The stage production revolves around life in the sleepy Oxfordshire village of Dibley which turned upside down when the ancient Rev Pottle dies and the diocese sends new-fangled female Vicar, Geraldine Granger, as his replacement.

“You were expecting a bloke with a beard, a Bible and bad breath.

“Instead, you got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom!” observes Geraldine when her arrival is met with a mixture of wonder and horror.

Autocratic head of the Parish Council and local landowner, David Horton, is particularly appalled and when it becomes clear that the cheerful, new, chocolate-loving vicar does not intend to play second fiddle, he resolves to have her removed.

But in the run-up to Verger Alice’s spectacularly silly wedding to his socially awkward son Hugo, even David must admit that Geraldine is the best thing to have ever happened to Dibley.

The show, by acclaimed group Poulton Drama, received rave reviews and performed to sell-out audiences at Thornton Little Theatre in November 2013.

Two cast members Laura Cullen (Alice Tinker) and Garry Houghton (Owen Newitt) both received prestigious NODA North West nominations for their performances.

The Vicar of Dibley is on at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool from Tuesday-Saturday, June 24-28 at 7.30pm. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets: Box Office: 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk.