The Dad's Army Radio Show announce 2024 tour dates

Tuesday 26th March 2024, 11:39am

Dad's Army: The radio show. Image shows left to right: David Benson, Jack Lane
  • The Dad's Army Radio Show is to tour again, with May and June 2024 dates now announced
  • This time David Benson and Jack Lane will recreate The Love of Three Oranges, The Miser's Hoard and The Making of Private Pike

The Dad's Army Radio Show is to tour again, with May and June 2024 dates now announced.

The producers say: "Two actors, two microphones, over 25 characters - and lots of sound effects! The Dad's Army Radio Show brings Perry and Croft's classic BBC comedy to life in this highly acclaimed stage production.

"This is the sixth time this loving homage to Dad's Army has gone out on national tour - this time with 3 different classic episodes of the popular sitcom adapted for radio, heard on stage for the very first time.

"Since 2017 there has been almost 300 performances of The Dad's Army Radio Show in 120 theatres across the UK and including several seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nine episodes have been adapted to date, so this tour will bring that up to 12.

"The scripts are hilariously and lovingly enacted on stage by two master performers - complete with sound effects, vintage music and all your favourite Perry and Croft characters and catchphrases. David Benson and Jack Lane will transport you right back to Walmington."

The original television episodes newly minted for The Dad's Army Radio Show 2024 national tour are:

The Love of Three Oranges: A church bazaar is organised for the "Comforts for the Troops Fund". Hodges intends to auction three oranges, and Capt. Mainwaring is determined to get hold of one for Mrs Mainwaring.

The Miser's Hoard: When Frazer is revealed to have a secret stash of gold sovereigns, Mainwaring believes he must hand them over for safe keeping.

The Making of Private Pike: Pike borrows Mainwairing's staff car to drive his new girlfriend to the cinema in Eastgate. On the way back, however, and nine miles from Walmington, it runs out of petrol.

The tour is dedicated to the memory of Ian Lavender, the actor who played Pike. The last surviving member of the original Dad's Army cast, he died earlier this year.

Jack Lane says: "Losing Ian Lavender feels like the end of an era and whilst the platoon may have fallen, we have been gifted a phenomenal legacy of laughter and happiness from these fine actors and sublime writers. It's filled my life and career with endless joy, for which I am eternally grateful. Ian joined the cast of Dad's Army fresh out of drama school. Working alongside such seasoned actors must have been daunting to a young lad but he proved his ability immediately; Ian's comic timing was superb, he soon found himself with episodes devoted to his character, which speaks volumes of Perry & Croft's belief in his comic ability. Pike is integral to the ensemble, providing youthful comic gags and breaking the generation barrier."

David Benson adds: "I was lucky to meet him on several happy occasions and always found him delightful, modest and unassuming but confident of his abilities. He beamed with pleasure whenever I engaged him on the subject of Dad's Army and he always spoke with deep affection for his old buddies; especially John Le Mesurier who, I am told, thought the world of Ian. We will have Ian in our hearts as we set out on the road again with The Dad's Army Radio Show - and we know that every audience member who hears Jack's heartfelt recreation of his performance as Pike, will share our sadness at his passing but will remember him with gratitude and with laughter."

2024 dates

The Capitol, Horsham
Friday 3 May

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Sunday 5 May

Chelmsford Theatre, Chelmsford
Tuesday 7 May

Derby Theatre, Derby
Thursday 9 May

Queen's Hall, Hexham
Thursday 16 May

Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick
Saturday 18 May

Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Monday 20 May

The Alex, Faversham
Friday 24 May

The Hafren, Newtown Powys
Wednesday 29 May

Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
30th May

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Tuesday 4 June

EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
Thursday 6 June

Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy
Tuesday 11 June

Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton
Friday 14 June 24

Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 15 June

Wilton's Music Hall, London
Mon 17 - Sat 22 June


Further details via dadsarmyradioshow.co.uk

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