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It’s tally ho and chocks away for a thrilling true story of the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.

Those Magnificent Men will be staged at Bakewell Town Hall on Friday, January 29, at 7.30pm.

A top-hole cast, including ‘Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show’ and ‘This Is Jinsy’ regular David Mounfield, guarantees the show takes flight. So strap yourself in for a night of thrills, spills and uproarious comedy.

The Foundry Group has joined forces with award-winning BBC4 sketch group The Ornate Johnsons for this new staging of the hit play about British pioneering aviators Captain John Alcock and Lieut Arthur Whitten Brown and their daredevil dash across the Atlantic in the tiny open cockpit of a converted Vickers biplane.

They flew from Newfoundland through dense fog, sleet, snow and hail – sometimes upside down – to Ireland and worldwide celebrity.

What made them do it? Why have they been forgotten? And how on earth can a couple of actors tell it all with just cardboard, two chairs and some left-over props?

Find out in Those Magnificent Men from the pens of award-winning writer Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon.

The Foundry Group is a band of writers and performers committed to producing affordable, popular, intelligent touring shows.

The group was founded in 2010 by Brian Mitchell, originally from Shirebrook, and Joseph Nixon who met at primary school in Derbyshire. In 1992 they founded the award-winning sketch outfit The Ornate Johnsons. They also co-wrote The Cheeky Guides to Student Life and To Love, the TV comedy shows Slightly Filthy (LWT) and The Ornate Johnsons’ Edwardian Spectacular (BBC 4), were head sketch writers on Radio 4’s Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up and BBC1’s Live and Kicking andhave a string of writing credits for the stage.

Those Magnificent Men is suitable for 7 years upwards. Tickets for the performance in Bakewell cost £9 (adult), £7 (OAP 60+, students and children). Call 01629 810152.