A statement released on behalf of the actor says:
"Last night, shortly after 10pm, the entire costume and props (as well as his laptop, phone and wallet) for Julian Dutton's touring show on the life and times of John Le Mesurier -Do You Think That's Wise? - was stolen from the backstage area of Colchester Arts Centre, following on from the performance.
"The next show is on the 25th October at Banbury Mill Arts Centre and Julian is very keen to recover these items before the show.
"He would be very grateful if anyone has any knowledge of the theft to help recover these items as soon as possible."
Dutton, who launched the show at the Edinburgh Fringe and has been touring it across 2019, has further dates booked, up to January 2020.
It seems it might be possible for him to retrieve his belonging. He has been keeping people updated via his Twitter account:
CCTV footage reveals two ne-er-do-wells running off the down the street lugging my entire belongings - useless to them unless the thieves are planning a rival John Le Mesurier show.-- Julian Dutton, touring UK as John Le Mesurier (@JulianDutton1) October 14, 2019
CCTV footage doing the rounds of the Cash-Converter shops in Colchester. If you're in Essex and you see someone walking around in a replica Home Guard WW2 costume, rugby tackle them. God knows what I'm going to wear for my next show in Banbury. I may very well go on in a bikini.-- Julian Dutton, touring UK as John Le Mesurier (@JulianDutton1) October 14, 2019
Detective Dutton strikes again! At 9am this morning I rang all the 'Cash-Converter' shops in Colchester giving serial numbers/makes of laptop & projector. At 12 noon someone tried to sell them my projector. The police swooped. Projector recovered! Next - the laptop & costume.-- Julian Dutton, touring UK as John Le Mesurier (@JulianDutton1) October 14, 2019
I'll keep you posted. This case is live. The entire machinery of Essex police is being mobilised in the cause of a John Le Mesurier show. This is developing into an Ealing Comedy.-- Julian Dutton, touring UK as John Le Mesurier (@JulianDutton1) October 14, 2019
16 October update
The costume was found dumped:
- and heartwarming offers of loans of replica uniforms from @DadsArmyFans & the Dads Army Museum, Thetford, @Andrew_1970_ . I thank you all from the bottom of my ravaged heart. As a result of all this kindness, my belongings have been recovered! - dumped near the theatre! Huzzah!— Julian Dutton, touring UK as John Le Mesurier (@JulianDutton1) October 16, 2019
Published: Monday 14th October 2019