Vicar of Dibley - All and Sundry Productions Ltd

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Performed at Palace Theatre, Redditch
Tue. 19th to Sat. 22th March 2014

Directed by Mike Jeffrey

Dibley, a small Oxfordshire village, is assigned a female vicar following the changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women. In ratings terms, the programme is among the most successful in the digital era and has also received multiple British Comedy Awards. With a wealth of hilarious characters including David Horton, pompous chairman of the Parish Council; Alice Tinker, dippy church verger; Hugo Horton, David’s sweet-natured yet dim-witted son; Frank Pickle, the likable but boring and pedantic secretary of the parish council; Jim Trott, openly promiscuous with a penchant for young blondes and Eastern beauties; and Owen Newitt, the flatulent farmer with questionable attitudes towards his animals.

This production comprised of the episodes ‘The Arrival’, ‘The Window and the Weather’, and ‘The Easter Bunny’

Principal Cast


Performed by

Bob Wilks

Reverend Pottle/Villager

Emma Hay

Alice Tinker

Graham Forbes

David Horton

Tony Boardman

Frank Pickle

Roger Goddard

Jim Trott

Catherine Stokes

Mrs Cropley

Ed Butler

Hugo Horton

Ken Messenger

Owen Newitt

Catherine Tabberner


Mike Richardson

Daniel Frobisher/Milkman





AUDIENCES are being transported to the village of Dibley at Redditch's Palace Theatre by All and Sundry which is performing a stage version of the hit BBC TV series.
In 2004 The Vicar of Dibley, which ran for six years - 13 if you count specials, was voted the nation's third favourite sitcom and watching this production you can see why.
The great thing about it is that each of the episodes - Arrival, The Window and the Weather and The Easter Bunny - whilst packed full of great comedy and as charismatic characters as you could wish to meet, also have some very moving moments too.

After seeing it on the small screen it takes some getting used to to see different actors undertaking the roles, but once past that, All and Sundry's cast provides some great entertainment.
Vicar Geraldine Grainger was played by Dawn French - big shoes to fill - but Catherine Tabberner certainly rose to the challenge in the role. Her endearing and lovable portrayal was perfectly pitched which made this production the homely and heart-warming theatre it was written to be.
The script is of course its main strength, but it needs an equally strong cast to deliver it and the cast did a great job to do Richard Curtis and Phil Mayhew-Archer's writing justice.
There were solid performances across the board, with Graham Forbes impressing as the uppity and righteous David Horton and Ken Messenger was equally as good as uncouth farmer Owen Newitt.

Emma Hay also shone as dippy verger Alice Tinker and the comedy chemistry between her and the vicar, especially in the scenes at the end of each episode that the programme became well-known for, was a joy to watch.

The music chosen for the scene changes was clever and equally comedic, although those stage alterations could do with being quicker to prevent the pace of the piece from slowing.
It was also a nice touch to get a local choir - from St Mary de Wych in Wychbold - to provide the hymn-singing soundtrack.

Overall this is a production well worth watching and God bless those who go to see it.

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