Blackadder Goes Forth (again!)

8:50am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

IN a timely reminder of the First World War centenary, Blackadder, Baldrick, Melchett, Darling and of course the hapless George are getting to ride again in a new theatrical version of the Blackadder Goes Forth series.

All and Sundry’s production, which is running at Bromsgrove's Artrix from June 24 to 26, will bring three episodes to the stage.

These include Corporal Punishment, where despite problems with communications, orders for another mission arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger. With George as his lawyer in a court martial, and with only one night to live, can the Flanders pigeon murderer avoid death by firing squad using Baldrick's smuggled escape kit?

In Private Plane Blackadder, Baldrick and George volunteer to join the Royal Flying Corps unaware that their nickname the ‘Twenty Minuters’ refers to their average life expectancy.

After Blackadder and Baldrick crash their plane behind enemy lines, they are captured by the Germans (including a rather camp Baron von Richthofen) and must prepare for a fate worse than death.

And in the classic Goodbyeee millions have died but the troops have advanced no further than "an asthmatic ant with some heavy shopping".

Now, at last, the final big push looms, and Blackadder is willing to try anything to avoid it.

Will putting a pair of underpants on his head and shoving two pencils up his nose get Blackadder invalided back to Blighty?

All and Sundry’s production of Blackadder Goes Forth is showing at the Artrix from June 24 to 28 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £14 (£12 concessions) and are available from the box office on 01527 577330 or artrix.co.uk.

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