22nd to 23rd August 2020 at the Arches outdoor theatre,
Clifton Reynes, Milton Keynes

By Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft

“Leesen verrry carefully, I will say this only wurnce…!” 

By popular demand we returned to war-torn occupied France and the café of René Artois. All of your much-loved characters from the hit comedy TV series. Witness René attempt to juggle running a café, love affairs with numerous serving girls, supporting the French resistance and treading a dangerous path with the Germans and the Gestapo.

British airmen, knockwurst sausages, some dodgy accents and of course a picture of “The Fallen Madonna with the big Boobies”, all in the atmospheric surroundings of the Arches outdoor theatre at Clifton Reynes, near Olney, Milton Keynes.

The show was performed over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd August. Tickets were strictly limited to comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Our casts and sell out audiences were delighted to have the opportunity to perform and watch live theatre once again!

This amateur production of “’Allo ‘Allo” was presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Show pictures of  the Carstairs (Sat 22nd) cast taken by Keith Lennox

Fairfax Cast credits

Carstairs Cast credits

Show Dates, Times and Ticket Prices 

22nd and 23rd August  2020. At the Arches theatre, Clifton Reynes, near Olney,  Milton Keynes MK46 5DT

The Fairfax cast performed at the shows on 22nd August.
The Carstairs cast performed on 23rd August.

Saturday 22nd August 2020 – 12.30pm
Saturday 22nd August 2020 – 3.30pm
Saturday 22nd August 2020 – 6.30pm 

Sunday 23rd August 2020 – 12.30pm
Sunday 23rd August 2020 – 3.30pm
Sunday 23rd August 2020 – 6.30pm 

Important propaganda for our audience members

Cast

We  brought together actors from our previous Allo Allo productions and a number of new faces. With the ongoing risk of COVID-19 we created two casts to provide contingency and coverage in case people have to self isolate.

Fairfax cast – performed on 22nd August:

Rene Artois – David Lovesy
Edith – Sue Whyte
Yvette –  Jodie Commercial
Mimi –  Kate Capp
Michelle of the Resistance – Emma Dell
Monsieur Le Clerc – Helen Maltby
Colonel Von Strohm – Carl Defriend
Lt. Gruber – Michael Hutchinson
Capt. Berterolli – Gary Martindale
Herr Flick – Sean McDermott
Helga – Tracy Butler
General Von Schmelling – Matt Perris
Officer Crabtree – Steve Clark

Carstairs cast – performed on 23rd August:

Rene Artois – David Lovesy
Edith –  Joy Dilnot
Yvette – Melanie Best
Mimi – Ashley-Jayne Miller
Michelle of the Resistance –  Amy Hansford
Monsieur Le Clerc – Andrew Oxford
Colonel Von Strohm –  Dave Pibworth
Lt. Gruber –  Keith Lennox
Capt. Berterolli – Matthew Clark
Herr Flick – Sean McDermott
Helga – Charlotte Pask
General Von Schmelling – Simon Page
Officer Crabtree – John Dowell

Production Team

Director – Steve Clark
Stage Management – Dave Greenaway, Mac & Jade Johnson
Sound – Mark Luckin
Marketing – David Lovesy
Hair and makeup – Emma Dell (www.onesalon.co.uk)
Props – Emily Thomas, Linda Davy, Pam Buckle & Liz Buckle
Costumes – MKTOC
FOH ‘experience’ – Phil Tipper & Rachel Clark and the alternative cast!

“Well done – wonderful for you to put this show on given all the challenges you must have faced – and wonderful to see some live theatre again. Give yourselves a socially distanced pat on the back for a job well done”

“You were all brilliant. The whole experience was great, from the first greeting by folk in costume and the direction signs in franglais signs as we arrived all the way through the whole experience until we bounced our way back along the track waving goodbye to the characters as we went. Great performances (some real talent there!),  very well managed in terms of seating and safety and even the chance to have a swift picnic beforehand if we’d wanted. Fun and unusual venue and the weather decided to be kind too!”

“Great afternoon despite the very wet weather. The cast worked hard to keep going despite the rain. Slick changeovers between scenes and could hear them well. Very good costumes.”

“Great show as usual. Cast coped well with the windy conditions. Five stars”

“Just wanted to say how lovely it was to watch you all on Sunday. It was as always really well organised and I thought you all did a brilliant job.”

“Thank you for having the courage to give it a go with all the current limitations and for bringing back a little bit of normality. A huge well done to you all”

“Our enjoyment of your productions has been keeping us amused for a few years now.”

“A guaranteed “jolly good time” is what you get, and the reason why we look forward to your productions.”

“Sunday evenings performance was a great success. You go above and beyond to greet your audience in character. We noticed that the audience also adopted bad French accents when conversing with each other!”

“We felt safe with the way social distancing was observed. This was our first outing for entertainment for a very long time, thankyou for helping us to rekindle our chuckle bones!”

“A truly amazing and enjoyable performance by a talented group of actors. We look forward to your next show.”