BRITISH FAVOURITE: The cast of the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company - Dinner Theatre's production of The Vicar of Dibley.
BRITISH FAVOURITE: The cast of the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company - Dinner Theatre's production of The Vicar of Dibley. Rob Williams

Vicar of Dibley comes to Ipswich

ONE of Ipswich Musical Theatre Company's most popular dinner theatre productions is back for a second season.

The Vicar of Dibley opens tomorrow night and, like last year, a fifth show has been added after selling out shortly after tickets went on sale.

Directed by William McCreery-Rye and assistant director Brenda Ryan, this year's production features three new episodes based on the popular Vicar of Dibley television series.

Last year's production was a stage adaptation taking parts of a number of episodes.

The episodes featured in this year's show are Songs of Praise, Dibley Live, where Dibley sets up its own radio station, and Autumn.

Ipswich Musical Theatre Company artistic director Brenda Ryan said the success all came down to the loveable characters created by Richard Curtis for the TV series. The show was written for English actress and comedian Dawn French after her success in her comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders.

Mrs Ryan said the Vicar of Dibley TV show transferred well to dinner theatre production.

"I think the characters are just so endearing," Mrs Ryan said.

"They're different, they're believable, they're humorous, they're all so unique.

"You've got the vicar, who the writers describe as woman, sex kitten, chocoholic and vicar. They are the four words they use to describe her.

"In last year's performance of The Arrival, she says 'you were expecting some old bloke with bad breath and instead you've got a babe with a bob cut and a magnificent bosom'. People just loved it last year."

It will be staged on April 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30 at the historic Old Courthouse,.

Ipswich Musical Theatre Company stage boutique theatre performances in the old courthouse with its 80 seat capacity.

They staged Sunday in the Park With George earlier this year and have the annual dinner theatre performance this month, followed by a concert in June-July before their major production for the year, Wicked, which they stage at the Ipswich Civic Centre in September.

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