Blackadder marches onto the Chapel Playhouse stage

Blackadder played by Paul North and Driver Bob Parkhurst played by Chrissy Almond. Photo: Dan Mason.
Blackadder played by Paul North and Driver Bob Parkhurst played by Chrissy Almond. Photo: Dan Mason.

Chapel-en-le-Frith Players continue their run of classic comedies by bringing to the stage one of the most popular and influential sitcoms from the past 50 years.

Blackadder Goes Forth, by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, will be presented at Chapel Playhouse on October 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24.

Blackadder (Paul North), Lieutenant George (Joe Hall) and Private Baldrick (Harry Goddard). Photo: Dan Mason.

Blackadder (Paul North), Lieutenant George (Joe Hall) and Private Baldrick (Harry Goddard). Photo: Dan Mason.

The series is known for its witty put-downs, historical satire and eternally quotable lines, and show director Dan Mason couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring it to the stage.

“It’s such a well-written script and it’s still funny, more than 30 years after it was first shown,” he said. “It’s always a challenge staging such a well-known TV series, but we’ve got a great cast who are doing a fantastic job.”

The series shows the characters attempting to escape the trenches before they’re told to go over the top.

The group is led by Captain Edmund Blackadder, played by Paul North. Harry Goddard plays his dim-witted sidekick, Baldrick.

Lord Commander Flashheart (Alan Tolley). Photo: Dan Mason.

Lord Commander Flashheart (Alan Tolley). Photo: Dan Mason.

The gung-ho upper-class twit, Lieutenant George, is portrayed by Joe Hall, while brothers Mick and Pete Goddard play the eccentric General Melchett and his bureaucratic assistant, Captain Darling.

Tickets are available from Halls Mica Hardware in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

General Melchett (Mick Goddard) and Captain Darling (Pete Goddard). Photo: Dan Mason.

General Melchett (Mick Goddard) and Captain Darling (Pete Goddard). Photo: Dan Mason.