Wisbech Players survive setbacks and are almost ready to perform Ding Dong at Angles Theatre

AFTER nearly five months of rehearsals - and a couple of scares along the way - Wisbech Players are almost ready to perform Ding Dong at the Angles Theatre.

Members have been rehearsing since May for the production, a farce adapted into English from the French play Sexe et Jalousie.

The Players are hoping the production, which runs from October 12-16, will prove as popular as their sell-out performances of Fawlty Towers earlier this year.

Isobel Shippey, assistant director, said: “It has been a bit of a rocky journey getting this show on the road, as the original director had to step down due to ill health in July so I took the helm.

“But I had to find someone to step into the role I was going to perform and then a cast member had to drop out only two weeks ago due to health concerns and another last minute replacement had to be found.”

Ding Dong was written by Marc Camoletti, who is best known for his classic farce Boeing-Boeing which recently enjoyed a successful run in the West End starring Frances de la Tour and Tamsin Outhwaite. It was performed by Wisbech Players in 1967.

The play is set in Paris and Bernard has discovered that his wife, Jacqueline, is having an affair with Robert. Being a reasonable businessman, Bernard gives Robert two options to compensate for the affair: either he will sleep with Robert’s wife in order to keep things even, or he will have him killed.

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What follows is traditional farce format – an improbable situation, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour, word play and a fast-paced plot.

• Tickets are now available from the Angles Theatre Box Office on 01945 474447.