Hitler’s dummy shed his trousers, cafe owner Rene lost control of his microphone and the eaterie’s door kept swinging open.
Unscripted gems such as these made resistance to laughter futile last night at the launch of a production of ‘Allo ‘Allo at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.
Not that spectators needed much prompting. A glimpse of Dot Clarke with hot bread rolls doubling as hair curlers set off the giggles, with mirth mounting as she launched into off-key singing in her role as long-suffering spouse Edith.
In the production by Inspirations Theatre Company, Richard Leivers stars as the hapless cafe boss Rene, embroiled in saucy scenes with Elaine Brown and Natasha Richardson, playing frisky waitresses Yvette and Mimi, which generate plenty of comedy.
Shelley Coe and David Brown prove a dynamic double act as Helga and Herr Flick, shedding their clothes along with their inhibitions in two of the show’s comedy highlights.
Ian Jones earns his stripes as double agent Officer Crabtree with a poor command of the French language, Andrew Moore brings shades of Spike Milligan to his role of Captain Bertolli and Darren Kimberley shines as officious Lt Gruber who catches characters in compromising positions.
Lisa Poole gives a convincing portrayal as Michelle, leader of the Resistance, with speedily-delivered lines and the knack of switching from French to English in a trice.
All the classic ingredients of the TV series are here, including the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies artwork and catchphrases such as Good Moaning and Listen very carefully…….
Inspired casting by directors Richard Leivers and Dot Clarke result in many of the performers looking uncannily like the screen actors.
Allo Allo continues it run tonight (Tuesday, June 19) and tomorrow.