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20th Jan, 2022

Malvern Theatres to host world premiere of first ever stage version of BBC sitcom The Good Life

THE FIRST ever stage adaptation of popular BBC sitcom The Good Life is premiering at Malvern Theatres.

The new comedy, written and directed by Jeremy Sams, is based on the classic TV series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey which entertained countless millions in the 1970s.

This world premiere production will be the first time that the iconic characters of suburban neighbours the Goods and the Leadbetters will be seen on stage.

The acclaimed cast includes actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound as ‘Tom Good’, actress and presenter Preeya Kalidas as ‘Margo Leadbetter’, Dominic Rowan as ‘Jerry Leadbetter’, and Sally Tatum as ‘Barbara Good’, with Nigel Betts and Tessa Churchard.

The show – like the series – centres on suburban eco-warriors Tom and Barbara Good and their neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter who are trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo.

Jeremy Sams’s comedy leads the well-loved characters through uproarious adventures, some old, some new and often (even today) hilariously familiar. This new play celebrates a time when, whatever our differences, we still managed to get on with our neighbours.

Beloved BBC sitcom The Good Life ran on British television from 1975 to 1978 starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

Rufus Hound is an award-winning actor, comedian and presenter equally at home with roles on screen including Doctor Who, Cucumber, Hounded and on the stage including What The Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Bath / Leicester Curve), Don Quixote (RSC), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre London), Present Laughter and Neville’s Island (Chichester Festival Theatre) and his award-winning role as Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium, UK tour and cinema broadcast).

Preeya Kalidas made history as the first British Asian female to play the lead in a musical when she originated the role of Priya in the West End production of Bombay Dreams. Notable screen credits include award-winning feature films Four Lions, Bend it like Beckham and as Amira Shah in BBC’s EastEnders. Preeya played the title role in BAFTA nominated Bollywood Carmen and also starred in Britz, Mistresses, Bodies, Banglatown Banquet and England Expects.

The Good Life runs at Malvern Festival Theatre from November 16 to 20.

Call the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at malvern-theatres.co.uk for tickets, times and more information.

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